Having presented the best and most recent outputs of classical music to 3,5 million music lovers in Istanbul with 3.000 events in the past 45 years, Istanbul Music Festival kicked off its 45th edition on Monday, 29 May with the opening ceremony and concert at the Lütfi Kırdar Convention and Exhibition Centre.
This year’s Istanbul Music Festival will be held under the theme of “Unusual”, from 29 May to 21 June 2017 with 29 concerts in 15 different venues.
The 45th Istanbul Music Festival opened with the Borusan Istanbul Philharmonic Orchestra’s concert, featuring the winner of the 2015 Tchaikovsky Competition in Cello, Andrei Ioniță, hailed by The Times as “one of the most exciting cellists to have emerged for a decade”. Ioniţă played Saint-Saëns Cello Concerto No. 1, and BIFO performed Islamey and Rosenkavalier Suite under the conductorship of Sascha Goetzel.
First Week at the Festival is full of exciting and unusual concerts:
31 May 2017: Classed among the world’s 20 greatest pianists by the BBC Music Magazine, Mikhail Rudy presents his two multimedia performances at the festival, inviting you to see the music and hear the arts on Wednesday, 31 May at 20.00 at the İş Sanat Concert Hall under the performance sponsorship of TSKB.
1 June 2017: The oldest professional chamber orchestra of the UK, the London Chamber Orchestra joins forces with the violinist Alina Pogostkina in this concert that is devoted entirely to Beethoven. The concert will be held at the Hagia Eirene Museum on Thursday, 1 June at 20.00 under the performance sponsorship of Türkiye İş Bankası.
2 June 2017: A tribute to the cultural dialogue that dates back many centuries between Iran and the Ottoman Empire, Rosery brings a contemporary interpretation to the traditional musical styles that were nourished by the interaction of the two countries. The concert will be held at the Garden of Galata Mawlawi House on Friday, 2 June at 21.00 under the performance sponsorship of ECA-Serel.
3 June 2017: This year, the festival takes its followers on a musical excursion across the historical and ecclesiastical venues in Yeniköy, a prominent quarter of Istanbul known for its strawberry fields during the Byzantine times and its waterfront mansions during the Ottoman Empire. The concerts will take place in the Yenikoy S. Mary Armenian Church, the Sait Halim Pasha Mansion, the Yenikoy Aya Yorgi Greek Orthodox Church, the Yenikoy Panayia Greek Orthodox Church, and in the Austrian Cultural Forum. Under the performance sponsorship of bluechip Creative Events, Music Route will be held in two sessions on Saturday, 3 June, during the festival’s opening weekend.
4 June 2017: The first of this year’s Weekend Classics invites all music lovers to the Austrian Cultural Forum’s elegant concert hall to start the day light-heartedly with music with the Viennese ensemble Trio Immersio.
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