The Festival

The International Music Festival "Buchenau 2019" in Buchenau, Germany, in the middle of the Rhön, idyllically located on a large parkland, takes place in 2019. The festival is an innovative format that combines mastersclasses, lectures, and students‘ concerts under one roof, which gives spectators as well as the participants an unique insight into the creative process of musical interpretation. Internationally well-known professors from all over the world will offer public master classes in which students and young musicians can refine their skills. Selected pedagogues for violin, viola, cello and piano will convey the fine art of interpretation of the instrumental play. The students of the master classes along with the professors will perform a large number of concerts of chamber and orchestral music. An orchestra, which is available in full orchestration and as a chamber orchestra for the master classes and concerts, will support and crown the musical highlights. Once you have experienced how young artists are playing with lots of energie, you will wish to participate at one oh those concerts. The programs are matched to each other to inspire the audience and to provide a comprehensive and varied insight into the emergence of concert music. An international competition in categories violin, viola, cello and piano, in which both the participants of the master classes as well as external young musicians can participate, completes the offer. The competitions are going to be the most exciting highlights of the festival. I am looking forward to meeting you and wish you to join our festival!

Dmitri Dragilew
International Music Festival "Buchenau 2019"
c/o Internationale Gesellschaft für multimediale Kultur
und europäische Kommunikation e.V.

International Masterclasses

15-28 April 2019

Buchenau castle

The Buchenau Castle (also called Schenck Castle) is located in Buchenau between Fulda and Bad Hersfeld and belongs to the Eiterfeld municipality. It was built from 1611 to 1618 by Georg Melchior of Buchenau and his wife Agnes von Schwalbach in the style of the Weser Renaissance. The oldest building in the castle grounds is the so-called "Generalshaus", built in 1550 by Georg von Buchenau (1535-1563) and his wife Susanne von Mansbach. Furthermore, there are on the grounds of the forester's house, in which the responsible for the management of the book-exchange forest forester lived, built in 1953 as a boarding house mountain house, the garage house, the old farm, the seminar house, a bakery and the gatehouse. Georg Melchior von Buchenau financed the construction of the castle by pledging 3/8 of his total estate to the prince-abbot of the monastery of Fulda, his feudal lord. In 1691, the monastery under Prince Abbot Placidus von Droste finally acquired this share, but then swapped this property in 1692 with the later Lieutenant-General and Governor of Upper Hesse Wolf Christoph Schenk to Schweinsberg (1653-1717) against his castle and estate in Burghaun. In 1713 he had the retiree extensively renovated; His nephew inherited the property, and his descendants lived in Castle and Upper Castle until 1912. In 1904, a tower was added to the General's House in the Upper Castle - as a copy of the tower on the Wartburg. At the castle in 1910 another staircase was added, the so-called wedding tower, which was built on the occasion of the wedding of Hans Schenck to Schweinsberg with his wife Else. The castle was sold in 1913. It then changed hands several times. After the World War I, the central building was built. At that time, refugees from Alsace were housed in the castle. In 1924, the Foundation Landerziehungsheim Hermann Lietz acquired the castle and operated there a boarding school until 1984. Thereafter, the buildings were used as Umsiedlerheim. Since 2001, the property is again privately owned. Today, the castle and the associated buildings are used as a conference and group house. In the castle are still some Renaissance doors with rich ornament. The castle also includes a park with a sports field.


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