2nd Gustav Mahler Festival 2017

in Steinbach am Attersee

"Mahler, Brahms and Bicycling"

Johannes Brahms - Zeitgenosse Gustav Mahlers
Johannes Brahms


“In the next few days I am going to take a little trip to Ischl where I have been meeting Brahms for years.”


The program took a look at Mahler’s relationship to a major contemporary, Johannes Brahms, whose death 120 years ago was marked in 2017. Both artists enjoyed the area around Steinbach, Mahler directly in the village and Brahms in nearby Bad Ischl. The younger composer visited the elder several times in the period between 1893 and 1896 and did so, in fact, on his bicycle. We indulged in this activity, as well, and reenacted Mahler’s trip. In Bad Ischl we were greeted by Mayor Hannes Heide, introduced to Brahms’s world, and finally heared some of his last works, some of which he worked on in Bad Ischl. Beyond this, the Festival, of course, offered great concerts and presentations, an exhibit, and a birthday party for Gustav!


Mahler and the village of Steinbach am Attersee

Gustav Mahler arrived in Steinbach am Attersee for the first time in the summer of 1893. The breathtaking surroundings worked wonders for Mahler’s creativity, inspiring half a dozen songs and most of two enormous symphonies (2nd and 3rd) over the course of four summers (through 1896).


To get even closer to the nature around him and to be able to work in peace, the composer had a hut built in a meadow on the edge of the lake. That hut, or “Komponierhäuschen” as it is known in German, is still standing today and has become a point of attraction for Mahler lovers all over the world.


The Gustav Mahler Festival in Steinbach is an annual celebration held around the composer’s birthday (7 July) that presents musical gems as well as cultural and historical insights into this unique historical place. The program purposefully sets aside time for all participants to interact with one another and to enjoy the astounding natural setting in order to celebrate the many facets of Mahler’s inspiration. 

Program 2017

All presentations in German unless otherwise noted.

Thursday, 6th July 2017

16:00 Festive Opening Gustav Mahler Composing hut


Nicole Eder,  Mayor of Steinbach am Attersee

Dr. Martin Gschwandtner, Mayor of the political district Vöcklabruck

Dr. Morten Solvik, Artistic Director of the Festival, Board of the Mahler Foundation and the International Gustav Mahler Society

Aperitif presented by Kate&Kon

Musical accompaniment: the young folk musican of  D`Schobastoaner 



17:30 Mahler & Brahms in song and text banquet hall hotel Föttinger

admission € 25/person


Singing and readings from letters and recollections


Herbert Lippert, Tenor Vienna State Opera

Prof. Eduard Kutrowatz, Piano

Dominik Dos-Reis, speaker Gustav Mahler
Ferdinand Novitzky, speaker Johannes Brahms



Kammersänger Herbert Lippert
Herbert Lippert

Friday, 7th July 2017

10:00  200 years of bicycle: Progress, fashion and emancipation
Community center Steinbach


The history of the bicycle and Cycling as a Fashion and Leisure Sport in the Time of Gustav Mahler


Mag. Bernhard Robotka, managing director "Die Bachschmiede", Cultural Center Wals/Siezenheim

Dr. Rotraud Kohlberger, Black Snail Patterns




14:00 Uphill and Down: Mahler's Bicycle Tours Through the Austrian Landscape

Community center Steinbach


Presentation and Talk (in English)

Dr. Brent Wetters,  Providence College


16:00 Information Session Presenting the Mahler Foundation

Community center Steinbach


With Marina Mahler, the composer's granddaughter, Dr. Morten Solvik, Jill Segal und Andrea Kleibel



18:00 New Art in the Gustav-Mahler-Saal

Gustav-Mahler-Saal, Seefeld


Opening of the new designed Gustav-Mahler-Concert hall


Leo Gander, managing director "Regatta" (regional development association)

Markus Wesenauer, artist MaxArt


19:30 Chamber Concert - Piano Quartet Gustav Mahler, Johannes Brahms und Richard Strauss

Gustav-Mahler-Saal, Seefeld

admission € 25,-/person


Gustav Mahler, Piano Quartet Movement in A minor (1876)

Johannes Brahms, Piano Quartet in C Minor, Op. 60 (1875)

    - Intermission -

Richard Strauss, Piano Quartet in C Minor, Op. 13 (1885)


Cristian Ruscior, Violin

Adrian Stanciu, Viola

Liina Leijala, Cello

Anna Magdalena Kokits, Piano

Saturday, 8th July 2017

09:00 to 11:00  KTM E-Bike Testcenter

Hotel Post Weissenbach

10:00 Start Musical Excursion Following Mahler’s Tracks to Bad Ischl

Bicycle trip from Steinbach and back (bus transfer available!)



12.00 Welcome greeting & introduction "Brahms in Bad Ischl" 

Trinkhalle Bad Ischl


Hannes Heide, mayour Bad Ischl

Dr .Michael Kurz,  historian


12:00 to 17:00  KTM E-Bike Testcenter

Trinkhalle Bad Ischl


14:30 Matinée Concert Brahms in Bad Ischl: Last Works

Trinkhalle Bad Ischl

admission EUR 25/person


Four Piano Pieces, Op. 119

Alexandra Silocea, Piano


Clarinet Sonata in E-Flat Major, Op. 120, No. 2

Petra Liedauer, Clarinet

Klaus Wagner, Piano


Vier ernste Gesänge, Op. 121

Matthew Rose, Bass

Deirdre Brenner, Piano


17:00 apertitif & barbecue in unique ambience at the lake

Lake pavillion Hotel Post Weissenbach am Attersee


Docking possibility for ships 


19:30 Gustav Mahler’s 157th Birthday Party

Hotel Post Weissenbach am Attersee


Musical accompaniment: Folk Music Group D`Schobastoaner



Sunday, 9th July 2017

11:00 matinée concert Mahler: Symphony No. 9 version for chamber orchestra

Gustav-Mahler-Saal, Steinbach

admission EUR 25/person


St. Peter's Chamber Orchestra, University of Oxford, UK

John Warner, Conductor

Benjamin Cartlidge, Concertmaster


14:47 Special Trip with the Gustav Mahler Ship

Boad landing park Steinbach


Limited number of participants, reservation required, please call the telefonnumber of Stern & Hafferl:


Program subject to change.