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Music in the giant 2018 15th anniversary Thursday, May 24, 2018 - Sunday, May 27, 2018, daily

Year after year, “Music in the Giant” brings together internationally noted soloists and top-class ensembles from the realm of classical music to Swarovski Crystal Worlds in Wattens. Under the artistic direction of Thomas Larcher, the finest musical quality and diversity are provided in a small, intimate space; world stars in an intimate atmosphere and encounters with traditional favorites and astonishingly new compositions.

15th anniversary

From May 24 to 27, 2018, Music in the Giant will be celebrating its 15th anniversary by bringing together and expanding on a few of its core musical programming specialties. With Philip Glass, who appears as pianist, the Chamber Music Festival pays tribute to one of today’s most influential composers. Vocal music from the Renaissance and Baroque, as well as Classical works for string quartet and quintet are on the program in five additional concerts.

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Musik im Riesen 2017

Thomas Larcher, turns to some of the most important chamber music genres for the anniversary: string quartets, piano works for various ensembles, as well as vocal music. Among the musicians playing these programs are many “whom we have wanted to invite back for years.


Using both music and words, Music in the Giant 2018 will provide insight into the work of American composer Philip Glass – born in 1937 – with a particular emphasis on his piano music. As many as four pianos will be played at the same time in the first part of the concert. Glass’s chamber music will be performed by American conductor and pianist Dennis Russell Davies, a close friend and long-time musical associate of Glass. Additional performers include Maki Namekawa, Francesco Prode, Emanuele Torquati, and Philip Glass himself.

In the second part, Davies conducts the “Tirol Concerto for Piano and Orchestra” – pianist Maki Namekawa will be accompanied by the Tyrolean Chamber Orchestra, InnStrumenti. Since its premiere in 2000, Philip Glass’s “Tirol Concerto” has frequently been used for television broadcasts and movie advertisements as well as in the award-winning film “Tirol – Land im Gebirg”. The score has thus become indelibly associated with the Tyrol. The work was originally commissioned by Tirol Werbung, which is collaborating with Swarovski Crystal Worlds for this special occasion within the Music in the Giant festival. It is sure to be one of the high points of the 2018 Tyrolean culture calendar. 

In a pre-concert program on the evening of May 25, 2018, Glass and Davies will discuss the compositions to be performed as well as their working methods. Musical illustrations of points they make will be performed by students from the Wattens School of Music, participants in the festival’s “Impuls” program of masterclasses for the cultivation of young musicians. 


Festival Director Thomas Larcher has always brought a particular focus to the essential Classical music genres of the string quartet and its closely-related forms. At Larcher’s invitation, many internationally renowned string ensembles have appeared at Swarovski Crystal Worlds. Among them is the Quatuor Ébène, which will open the 2018 festival with a program featuring works from Beethoven’s early and middle periods. A late work by Beethoven will be performed two days later alongside a string quartet by Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy, when the Tetzlaff Quartett appears as a guest of Music in the Giant.

Violinist Hyeyoon Park, cellist Kian Soltani, and pianist Benjamin Grosvenor – all three of these rising stars were born in 1992 – and the violist Brett Dean, also famous as a composer, along with double bass player Leon Bosch will close Music in the Giant 2018 with Schubert’s “Trout Quintet.”


Tenor Julian Prégardien will sing Baroque love songs. For the “Chants d’amour,” he will be accompanied by musicians of Les Talens Lyriques under the baton of Christophe Rousset. The Belgian vocal ensemble Vox Luminis is also to appear. In 2014, with their performance in Wattens of Heinrich Schütz’s “Musicalische Exequien,” they gave one of this festival’s most beautifully atmospheric concerts. This time around, the Alte Musik Ensemble has selected compositions from the English Renaissance and Baroque. The program title – “Light and Shadow” – is especially fitting for Swarovski Crystal Worlds with its works of art that sparkle with light.

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MUSIC IN THE GIANT, MAY 24 - 27, 2018

THURSDAY, MAY 24, 2018
Swarovski Kristallwelten, Forum

20:00 Quatuor Ébène


FRIDAY, MAY 25, 2018
Swarovski’s new Glass Cutting Center – Crystal Factory of the Future 

18:00 Philip Glass and Dennis Russel Davies Discussion
Students of the Wattens School of Music play works by Philip Glass

20:00 The composer Philip Glass – A Portrait in Word and Tone with
Philip Glass
Maki Namekawa
Francesco Prode
Emanuele Torquati
Dennis Russell Davies
Chamber Orchestra InnStrumenti


SATURDAY, MAY 26, 2017
Swarovski Business Building Brandtgut

11:00 “Chants d’amour“ with
Julian Prégardien
Les Talens Lyriques
Christophe Rousset

20:00 Tetzlaff Quartett


SUNDAY, MAY 27, 2017
Swarovski Business Building Brandtgut

11:00 “Light and Shadow” with
Vox Luminis
Lionel Meunier (conductor)

20:00 “Trout Quintet”with
Hyeyoon Park
Timothy Ridout
Kian Soltani
Leon Bosch
Benjamin Grosvenor

Introductory discussions, unless otherwise stated, begin one hour before the concert start time



Tickets available online (German) and at all oeticket ticket offices (advanced sales), at the oeticket Center Innsbruck (Tel.: +43 512 341034) and at 

Tabellen Bezeichnung
Single ticket - Category A40.00 € (30.00 €)
Single ticket - Category B25.00 € (20.00 €)
Single ticket - Category C20.00 € (15.00 €)
Combo ticket for all concerts2160.00 € (120.00 €)

1 Reduced for students and Ö1 Club-Members
2 Dedicated seating areas for holders of combo tickets Category A + B (fixed seating for all venues)

  • Children ages 14 and younger: 10.00 € per concert (except combo ticket)
  • On presentation of their tickets, concertgoers will receive a 20% discount for all culinary delights and drinks offered at Daniels Kristallwelten.

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From Wattens to Innsbruck (Marktplatz), available 15 minutes after the end of the last evening concert, for a special price of 5.00 €/person.


Arrival to the venues at Swarovski Kristallwelten


Music in the Giant 2017

The Program 2017

FRIDAY, MAY 19, 2017
Musikschule Wattens


SATURDAY, MAY 20, 2017
English Chamber Orchestra
Nicolas Altstaedt


Minetti Quartett 

THURSDAY, MAY 25, 2017
Quatuor Diotima 
Jerusalem Quartet
Sharon Kam


FRIDAY, MAY 26, 2017
Belcea Quartet 


SATURDAY, MAY 27, 2017
Kitgut Quartet 
Scharoun Ensemble 

Music in the Giant 2016

The program 2016


Leif Ove Andsnes
Christian Tetzlaff
Tabea Zimmermann
Clemens Hagen


THURSDAY, MAY 26, 2016 

Kian Soltani
Aaron Pilsan


FRIDAY, MAY 27, 2016

Till Fellner


SATURDAY, MAY 28, 2016

Colin Currie, 
Studenten des Tiroler Landeskonservatoriums


SUNDAY, MAY 29, 2016

Ensemble intercontemporain
Gregor A. Mayrhofer
Georg Nigl

Victoria Simmonds
Mark Padmore
Ryan Wigglesworth


The program 2015

TUESDAY, MAY 26, 2015 

Igor Levit



Masterclass "Impuls"

Richard Goode


THURSDAY, MAY 28, 2015

Lars Vogt


FRIDAY, MAY 29, 2015

Brad Mehldau


SATURDAY, MAY 30, 2015

Marc-André Hamelin

Heath Quartet
Oliver Heath
Cerys Jones
Gary Pomeroy
Christopher Murray


SUNDAY, MAY 31, 2015

Artemis Quartett
Vineta Sareika
Gregor Sigl
Friedemann Weigle
Eckart Runge

Cappella Gabetta
Sol Gabetta
Andrés Gabetta