The International Istanbul Music Festival features more than 600 local and foreign artists.
This year’s festival, which runs through June 29, includes 21 events featuring symphony and chamber orchestras, vocal concerts, chamber music, recitals and jazz improvisations
The Istanbul Music Festival will take place June 4-29 this year, hosting three world, and six Turkish premieres and more than 600 artists performing at 24 venues across the city.
Stars at the festival include Gidon Kremer, Yuri Bashmet, Patricia Petibon, Hilary Hahn, Renée Fleming, Christoph Eschenbach, and one of the most significant orchestras of classical music, Schleswig-Holstein Festival Orchestra, as well as more than 600 local and foreign artists. In addition to pre-concert talks and colloquiums, for the first time this year master classes will be available at the festival.
As a new concept for the festival starting this year, the Istanbul Music Festival will construct its program around a theme. The theme for 2011 is “Journeys to Far Away Lands,” and audiences will hear music ranging from the west coast of America to Russia, from Spain to Buenos Aires, Venice, the Indian Ocean and Mexico.
In this year’s Istanbul Music Festival, there will be 24 concerts including, symphony and chamber orchestras, vocal concerts, chamber music and recitals. The festival this year will also attract attention with its different concert venues. As an addition to the classic venues of the festival such as the Hagia Eirene Museum, Archaeological Museum, Enameled Kiosk, Süreyya Opera House and Lutfi Kirdar Convention and Exhibition Center, different venues like Galata Mevlevihanesi, Istanbul University Rectorate Building, Istanbul Modern and santralistanbul Energy Museum also participate in the festival this year.
The Istanbul Music Festival has been sponsored by Borusan Holding since 2006.