Festival Maribor is among Europe´s 10 Best Art and Music Festivals in 2014.
The Culture Trip, (global web)
The Maribor Festival is one of Europe's finest summer festivals. Rating: ****
John Allison, The Sunday Telegraph (2010)
The Woman Project concert was utterly brilliant and was definitely the highlight of the whole festival. [...] The surroundings of the Slovene National theatre allowed for video excerpts that interspersed brilliantly with all that went on and the concert was truly the high point of proceedings.
Gerald Fenech, Music & Vision, 2015
When we pass the festival’s recognisable posters, my children call out to me: ‘Look, mom, it’s our friends!’ And let them become your friends too.
Petra Greiner, Večer, 2015
Purists and traditionalists probably shook their heads, jazz lovers laughed heartily, but they were all guided by the musicians to a world of intertwined cultural richness of the Mediterranean space.
Darinko Kores Jacks, Večer, 2015
The first concert featured a variety of composers ranging from Mendelssohn to Schreker and one could but admire the prowess of soloist Gabriel Adorján who played the solo part in Mendelssohn's Violin Concerto to perfection.
Gerald Fenech, Music & Vision (2013)
The Berlin Orchestra - this time as a chamber ensemble - shone in moments of crystal clarity (Valse Lente by Schreker), galant enthusiasm (Mendelssohn), I was also impressed by the broad dynamic spectre which reached to barely audible lows (Valse Triste by Sibelius).
Aljaž Zupančič, Večer (2013)
The opening concert The Berlin Romance with the chamber orchestra of the Comic Opera produced some highest quality music, especially in homogeneous string instruments.
Marjan Zlobec, Delo (2013)
This is a festival which I will always enjoy attending since I am always made at home by the organisers, a lively bunch of talented music lovers who surely deserve the highest accolades.
Gerald Fenech, Music & Vision (2013)
Festival Maribor exceeded eveyone's expectations in promoting the city Maribor and promoting to the world as a beautiful city it is.
Marijan Zlobec, Večer (2012)
The best chamber orchestra in the world was the resident orchestra at Festival Maribor.
A.K RTV SLO (2012)
Festival Maribor – a celebration of art and beauty in a warm and friendly city of great beauty, brilliant cuisine, and fine local wines: a feast for the senses!
Peter Beveridge, Classical Destinations
... the artistic director Richard Tognetti exerted his style: the unrestrained drive, virtuosity, creative imagination, feeling for the right moment, stage talent, charisma… Add the richness of the orchestral sound – what more could a person ask for?
Janko Šetinc, Večer (2011)
One of the most interesting music events in this part of Europe – the Maribor Festival.
Joško Tomasović, tportal.hr (2011)
The performance of Stravinsky was so fantastically mastered that we were overwhelmed by a chilling breeze of perfection.
Janko Šetinc, Večer (2011)
Even at first glance it [the Festival Maribor] already discloses the diversity so typical of Tognetti and, even more noticeable than in the recent years, the wish for a meaningful combination of compositions – a really unorthodox courage concerning the program… The so-called main Slovene orchestras (the Radio Orchestra and the Slovene Philharmonics) which are – in contrast to the Festival Maribor Orchestra – permanent can only dream of a comparable intensity or zeal.
Jure Dobovišek, Delo (2011)
In the most sensational concert of the spectacular Maribor Music Festival week, Giovanni Sollima issued a challenge to all who think the cello is for the faint of heart… this was music that lifted the cello into the realms of the musical gods. It didn't hurt that the cello people were partnered to breathtaking precision and intensity by the Festival Maribor strings and its miracle-working conductor, Marko Letonja.
Laurence Vittes, Seen and Heard International (2011)
Maribor is not a city with which you would normally associate classical music of the highest quality – that accolade is normally reserved for illustrious places such as Berlin, Vienna, London or New York. But for a few days in early September, Maribor was indeed a city of excellence in all ways imaginable.
Gerald Fenech, Music & Vision (2010)
Thanks to the increasing international reputation of the artistic director Richard Tognetti, the Maribor Festival is becoming an increasingly recognizable cultural event in this part of Europe.
Bosiljka Perić Kempf, Novi List (CRO) (2010)