The Istanbul Music Festival organised by the Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts (İKSV) under the sponsorship of Borusan Holding welcomes music lovers with a full programme in its 41st year.
The Istanbul Music Festival sponsored by Borusan Holding since 2006 will be held between 4 and 29 June around the theme “Time and Transformation”. Programme of the 41st Istanbul Music Festival was announced with a press meeting with the participation of İKSV Chairman Bülent Eczacıbaşı, Borusan Holding Member of the Board of Directors and Borusan Culture and Arts Chair of the Board of Directors Zeynep Hamedi and Istanbul Music Festival Director Yeşim Gürer Oymak.
The 41st Istanbul Music Festival will host approximately 500 local and foreign artists including Vadim Repin, Maxim Vengerov, Shlomo Mintz, Mario João Pires, Khatia Buniatishvili, Magdelena Kožená, Kim Kashkashian, Sol Gabetta, and two of world’s leading orchestras, Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen and Munich Chamber Orchestra in Istanbul.
22 concerts in total including orchestral concerts, chamber music, recitals, and original programmes will take place within the 41st Istanbul Music Festival. The festival, aiming to embrace the city and meet the audience in different venues, will use the Surp Vortvots Vorodman Church for the first time this year. Hagia Eirene Museum, Süreyya Opera House, Lütfi Kırdar International Convention and Exhibition Center, Galata Mevlevi House Museum, Galata Rum Elementary School, Istanbul Modern, and İş Sanat Cultural Center will be among the venues of the festival.The 41st Istanbul Music Festival, aiming to contribute to the contemporary music repertory with its commissions, will host various Turkey and world premieres. The world premiere of “Nasreddin Hodja” commissioned to the esteemed composer Kamran İnce by the festival will be performed by Berlin Counterpoint Ensemble. The Turkey premiere of Cello Concerto, co-commissioned with the Amsterdam Sinfonietta, Amsterdam Cello Biennale and Toronto Symphony Orchestra, will be performed by Sol Gabetta.