Classical music is reaching a new generation of fans through artists such as Olafur Arnalds, Nils Frahm, Sofiane Pamart and more.
There are aficionados of the genre across the world, meaning that you’re bound to find a welcoming audience wherever you go.
We take a look at the essential aspects of preparing yourself for a tour – whether that’s with a set concert schedule or just for inspiration – and the locations you should visit.
How to prepare for a tour
One of the first things to do is establish a budget – this will help you understand how long you can travel and the amount you can spend per day. Remember to factor in that some destinations will be more expensive than others too.
When working with promoters, make sure you understand the difference between door deals, guarantees and split points so you know how much you’re going to be paid.
And, of course, make sure you have insurance for your violin, saxophone, guitar or whatever instruments and equipment you are taking with you.
The best locations to visit
Known as the City of Music, Vienna was home to two of the most famous classical composers in history: Beethoven and Mozart.
With grand Baroque concert halls scattered across the city, it’s easy to see why Vienna has had a long association with music.
Classical stars from the past 150 years have all taken to the stage at the beautiful Musikverein – there’s no place better to learn about the Austrian capital’s magnificent musical history.
Musical talent has long been a part of Prague’s story. Mozart made several trips to the city and even composed Symphony No. 38 there, which is why it is popularly known as the Prague Symphony.
Charles Bridge and Old Town Square are great places for street performers, while the Municipal House is the home of the Prague Symphony Orchestra.
For a unique experience, the Lobkowicz Palace and many of the city’s churches host classical musical events.
The French capital is one of the most captivating, alluring cities in the world and it’s a marvellous destination for classical musicians.
The Philharmonie de Paris may have only opened in 2015, but architect Jean Nouvel and acoustics expert Harold Marshall designed an incredible space that provides a unique experience.
Venues like the Louvre Auditorium, Maison de la Radio and Theatre de Champs-Elysees also provide once-in-a-lifetime playing experiences.
It might not be a traditional destination for classical music, but the fact that it is home to an impressive eight symphony orchestras shows that Japan has a love for it.
Suntory Hall was designed to provide an unparalleled concert experience and it could be the perfect location for you to draw inspiration from.