BOLTENSTERN has been represented at the Salzburg classical music festival for over 50 years. The Salzburg Festival is the largest and most important event in classical music in Austria, and next year the festival will be celebrating its centenary.
The Festival’s birthing moment is considered to be the 22nd August 1920 when the play Jedermann was first performed at the Domplatz in the city center. Its’ success has long been attributed to the wide range of artistic talent - from performances of modern works to classical interpretations of opera, drama, and concerts, as well as the fantastic location allowing the attendees to enjoy a breath of fresh air with morning and evening entertainment, surrounded by breathtaking surroundings.
Sven Boltenstern, the late founder of Boltenstern fine jewelry, was one of the pioneers of modern goldsmith’s work during the 1960s and 1970s. As an artist, goldsmith and jeweler, he spent each summer in Salzburg at the Hotel Goldener Hirsch showing his collections and hosting an exclusive Pop-Up-Store. By the mid-70s Sven was a renowned goldsmith, famed for his artistic one-off creations. He was a jeweler to Hollywood stars, European & Middle Eastern royalty, and the rich and famous across Europe.
Boltenstern’s admiration for the Salzburg Festival, in particular, was the result of a combination of his love for fine jewelry and music. He begun to play cello himself when he was only 11 years old and studied under the Vienna Philharmonic for 37 years thereafter. The Salzburg Festival allowed him to bring together his two favourite things, exquisite music and stunning, jewelry. The festival was a highlight of the Austrian social scene, and Sven enjoyed it in the fine company of his dear friend and vivid festival-goer Curd Jürgens, and other festival-legends, such as Fürstin Manni Sayn-Wittgenstein.
In line with Sven Boltenstern’s legacy, BOLTENSTERN continues to be present at the Salzburg Festival every year. Our new collections by Marie Boltenstern fuse together geometric designs directly 3D printed in precious metals with original goldsmith techniques learnt from her father.