The 43rd Istanbul Music Festival Kicks off on May 31

  • Published by Ozgur Tore

Berlin PhilharmonicThe 43rd Istanbul Music Festival, organised by the Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts (İKSV), under the sponsorship of Borusan Holding, kicks off on Sunday, 31 May with the world premiere of the festival's commission to Hasan Niyazi Tura. The symphonic poem of Hasan Niyazi Tura, Song of a Martyr commemorates the 100th anniversary of the Gallipoli War, and will be performed by tenor Serkan Bodur, accompanied by the Borusan Istanbul Philharmonic Orchestra (BIPO) under the direction of Sascha Goetzel.

The concert will be held at the Lütfi Kırdar Convention and Exhibition Centre on Sunday, 31 May at 20.00 (GMT+2).

The Istanbul Music Festival will continue until 29 June around the theme “Cultural Landscapes” and will host close to 600 local and international artists in Istanbul, including names such as Yuri Bashmet, Boris Berezovsky, Emmanuelle Haïm, Angela Hewitt, Paavo Jarvi, Kim Kashkashian, Gidon Kremer, Patricia Kopatchinskaja, Fazıl Say, Christian Tetzlaff, and Yuja Wang, as well as some of the world's leading ensembles, including Lausanne Chamber Orchestra, the Franz List Chamber Orchestra, Kremerata Baltica Chamber Orchestra, and the 12 Cellists of the Berlin Philharmonic. As this year's festival's resident guest orchestra, Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen will be putting on two concerts. The festival programme will present 27 concerts featuring chamber orchestras, vocal concerts, and recitals, as well as two world premieres and three Turkey premieres.

istanbul musicfest15The festival venues include the Hagia Irene Museum, Heybeliada Hagia Triada Monastery, St. Antoine Church, Süreyya Opera House, Austrian Cultural Office, Surp Vortvots Vorodman Church, İş Sanat Concert Hall, Lütfi Kırdar Convention and Exhibition Centre, and Boğaziçi University's Albert Long Hall. The free open-air concert series of the festival “Weekend Classics”, will welcome viewers at the Garden of the Consulate General of Netherlands, the Selamiçeşme Freedom Park, the Sakıp Sabancı Museum Garden, and the Austrian Cultural Office Garden.

For more information and full programme, please visit

The tickets of the 43rd Istanbul Music Festival may be purchased through Biletix Call Center (+90 216 556 98 00) and and İKSV (Nejat Eczacıbaşı Building Sadi Konuralp Caddesi No:5 Şişhane, between 10.00–18.00, except Sunday).

Festival tickets will be on sale at the box office located in the Hagia Eirene Museum throughout the festival.


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