Amsterdam's Concertgebouw canceled the festival due to restrictions imposed on concert halls and traveling as a result of the pandemic.
The London Symphony Orchestra conducted by Sir Simon Rattle, the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra conducted by Jakub Hrůša, the Budapest Festival Orchestra conducted by Iván Fischer, the Munich Philharmonic conducted by Valery Gergiev, and the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Jaap van Zweden were to participate.
Until the Concertgebouw announces plans for the summer and the new concert season later this spring, it will offer a wide range of concerts via radio, TV, and social media.
"It would have been wonderful if we could have resumed within a year of the originally planned festival, but unfortunately this is not to be," Managing Director Simon Reinink said. "Now we have our eyes on the future and are working on a new concert season.