The Istanbul Music Festival sponsored by Borusan Holding since 2006 welcomes music lovers with an impressive programme this year.
Borusan Holding Member of Board of Directors and Chairperson of the Borusan Kocabıyık Foundation Zeynep Hamedi and Istanbul Music Festival Director Yeşim Gürer Oymak announced the programme of the 42nd Istanbul Music Festival today.
The Istanbul Music Festival Director informed about this year’s theme and programme of the festival and stated that music enthusiasts will hear the sound of nature not only in thematic pieces, but also in open-air “Classical Sundays” concerts at the 42nd Istanbul Music Festival which is organised under the theme “The Song of Nature”. Yeşim Gürer Oymak provided detailed information on the theme and programme of this year’s festival and added that “This year, the festival features 26 events in a variety of genres from baroque to contemporary music. Among these are concerts by symphony and chamber orchestras, vocal and chamber music concerts, as well as recitals and ‘Classical Sundays’. Pre-concert talks and talks on concert programmes will continue. This year, we are going to take classical music to open air spaces and organise free concerts at various venues in Istanbul under the title ‘Classical Sundays’.”
The 42nd Istanbul Music Festival will host approximately 800 local and foreign artists including Steven Isserlis, Isabelle van Keulen, Alexander Raskatov, Nelson Freire, Pepe Remero, Krzysztof Penderecki, Xavier de Maistre, and Yuja Wang as well as examples of world’s leading orchestras Sinfonia Varsovia and Teresa Carreño Youth Orchestra of Venezuela in Istanbul.
26 concerts in total including orchestral concerts, chamber music, vocal concerts, and recitals within the festival programme will take place in different venues this year. Burgazada Square as well as Hagia Eirene Museum, Süreyya Opera House, Surp Vortvots Vorodman Church, İş Sanat Concert Hall, Zorlu Center Performing Arts Center, and Boğaziçi University Albert Long Hall will host the festival. The Istanbul Music Festival will present free-of-charge concerts titled
“Classical Sundays” in venues such as Maçka Cumhuriyet Parkı, Istanbul Toy Museum, Sakıp Sabancı Museum “The Horse Mansion” Garden and Austrian Cultural Office Garden.
The Istanbul Music Festival continues to support young musicians with special projects in its programme. “Istanbul Music Festival in Search of Its Young Soloist” which started in the 40th year of the festival in order to discover and encourage young talents throughout the country will continue this year in piano. A young pianist, to be determined by a jury following the national audition, will perform within the festival.
Another significant youth project in the festival programme will be the concert by Teresa Carreño Youth Orchestra of Venezuela, one of the most important products of the orchestral academic programme of the Fundación Musical “Simón Bolivar” led by the El Sistema founder José Antonio Abreu. The enormous orchestra with 240 performers will have an unforgettable concert with their colourful and powerful energy in order to reinforce our beliefs in the power of music. Christian Vásquez, who is one of the talents grown in El Sistema, will be the conductor in this concert.
The 42nd Istanbul Music Festival will host three concerts with the cooperation of Polish Ministry of Culture and National Heritage celebrating 600 years of diplomatic relations between Turkey and Poland. Sinfonia Varsovia will be the guest of the festival for two special concerts as well as the world premiere of “Crying in the Wilderness” composed by the prominent musician
Alexander Raskatov with the commission of the festival. In their first concert, Sinfonia Varsovia will accompany the prominent pianist Piotr Anderszewski; while in the second concert, they will perform the Turkish premiere of the 2nd Symphony of Krzysztof Penderecki, one of the most important musicians alive, under the composer’s baton as well as Mendelssohn’s violin concerto with Julian Rachlin.