Lydia Rilling, Chief Dramaturg at Philharmonie Luxembourg, is the Artistic Director of the rainy days festival. She has shaped the festival as a focused response to pressing cultural themes, offering a multiplicity of audiences – newcomers and specialists alike – a forum to experience and think about concert music in all of its diversity. She co-initiated the red bridge project, crossing the boundaries between music, dance, visual arts and film. As a writer, journalist and moderator, she has worked for institutions including Südwestrundfunk (SWR) and Berliner Festspiele. As a musicologist, she has edited books on 20th and 21st-century music, Gustav Mahler and American music. Rilling studied Musicology and Comparative Literature in Berlin, Paris and St. Louis, was a Visiting Scholar at Columbia University in New York and taught musicology at Universität Potsdam from 2011 to 2016.