Michael Haefliger will end his artistic directorship at the end of 2025 at the Lucerne Festival
After 26 years, Michael Haefliger will end his artistic directorship at the Lucerne Festival at the end of 2025. The Board of Trustees has set up a selection committee for his successor, which will conduct an international call for applications.
Michael Haefliger will step down from his position as artistic director of the Lucerne Festival at the end of 2025. He will not extend his contract, which then expires. (archive image)
The 61-year-old decided not to extend the contract, which ran until the end of 2025, the Lucerne Festival announced on Monday.
Michael Haefliger is quoted as saying in the media release that it is the right time to place this jewel in new hands. But first he will continue to support the festival with “unchanged passion and energy” for the next three years.
Michael Haefliger was born in Berlin in 1961, the son of the tenor Ernst Haefliger. He studied violin and was one of the founders of the Festival Young Artists in Concert in Davos in 1986. In 1999 he took over the management of the Lucerne Festival.