Gustav Mahler Festival 2023

Mahler and Spirituality

“I am from God and want to go back to God.” – from Urlicht

Introduction and Reading

Mahler Friend and Philosopher:

Siegfried Lipiner, a Thinker and His Works


Film Screening

Of Love, Death and Beyond:

Mahler’s "Resurrection" Symphony

with the director, Jason Starr

Festive Opening

Mahler's Spirituality in Song and Word

Texts and music by and about Mahler on his philosophy of life

Panel Discussion

Mahler and Faith Today


Orchestra Concert

„A Midsummer Night's Dream“

Orchestra of the Vienna Academy

Martin Haselböck, Conductor

Thomas Hampson, Baritone and Narrator

Adventure Hike

Mahler and Spirituality


Special Mahler Dinner

Experiencing Mahler

A unique event - Director: Beate Thalberg

Matinee Concert

„The Heavenly Life“

J.S. Bach, F. Schubert, L.v. Beethoven, G. Mahler

Preliminary program. Subject to change.

Gustav Mahler and the Village of Steinbach am Attersee

Gustav Mahler loved vacationing at Lake Attersee and resided in the summer months from 1893 to 1896 at the Gasthof zum Höllengebirge in the village of Steinbach am Attersee.


The stunning area worked wonders on Mahler's creativity: over the course of four summers he completed the Second Symphony, a half dozen songs, and the entire Third Symphony in his specially built composing hut.

Gustav Mahler Festival Steinbach

The Gustav Mahler Festival in Steinbach am Attersee is a multi-day celebration that usually takes place around the composer's birthday on July 7th.


Musical gems as well as cultural and historical insights into the area around this historic place are presented every year.

 The program deliberately offers enough time for everyone involved to exchange ideas and enjoy the unique natural setting in order to be able to celebrate Mahler's inspiration in all its facets.

Visiting Gustav Mahler's composing hut

A place with a magical atmosphere

Important works by Gustav Mahler were composed in this small hut on the lake shore of Hotel Föttinger. In 1985, the composing hut was renovated true to its original form by the International Gustav Mahler Society and the Föttinger family, and in 2016 the permanent exhibition was renewed with scholarly and creative support from the International Gustav Mahler Society. Inside you will also find the annual special exhibit of the Steinbach Gustav Mahler Festival. More about the composing hut...

The Trilogy of Gustav Mahler Composing Huts



9th Symphony

10th Symphony

The Song of the Earth



Completion of 4th, 5th-8th Symphony

Rückert Songs

Songs on the Death of Children



Completion of 2nd Symphony

3rd Symphony

Numerous Wunderhorn Songs

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