Soli Deo Gloria Braunschweig
Soli Deo Gloria were the famous words German composer Johann Sebastian Bach used to sign his works with. They also symbolise the high-class entertainment offered at the festival.
Founded by German Count Günther von der Schulenburg, a passionate art collector, and his friend Grammy winner Sir John Eliot Gardiner, one of the most celebrated conductors of our time, the Soli Deo Gloria music festival has become one of the leading events in its league. "The project sparked when I met John Eliot Gardiner, who was introduced to me in 2002 by gallery owner Thaddäus Ropac," von der Schulenburg remembers. "After he successfully worked in the northern parts of Germany, he asked if I would be interested in a collaboration." The foundation was laid and the festival has since grown from strength to strength.
Every summer, Count von der Schulenburg hosts the exclusive event as a unique mix of classical music and contemporary art. The Schafstall of the Rittergut Bisdorf, a former sheep barn on the feudal family estate, is just one of the authentic concert venues. The historic premises date back to the 13th century, and the von der Schulenburgs have been residing here since 1742.
Art collector von der Schulenburg loves to work with creative heads he personally knows, such as top German artist Eberhard Havekost, Imi Knoebel, Neo Rauch and Georg Baselitz. On the other hand, the Count is passionate about classical music and a regular guest at the iconic Salzburg Festival, from which he admittedly draws some of his inspiration.
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