- What’s On
One of the biggest events on Istanbul’s cultural calendar is the classical music festival, still going strong after 40+ years. This year, the theme is ‘Cultural Landscapes’ and as per usual, there’s lots of interest.
Truly spread all over the city, 12 venues, situated in Beyoğlu, Sultanahmet, Bebek, Levent, Yeniköy, Emirgan, Kadıköy, Kumkapı and even on the Princes Islands, will host over 25 concerts with the participation of almost 600 musicians. Venues include the sumptuous Austro-Hungarian Summer Palace, a perfect place for a concert, Haghia Eirene Museum, İş Sanat Concert Hall, Lütfi Kırdar Convention and Exhibition Centre, the garden of the Sakıp Sabancı Museum and the Süreyya Opera House, as well as others. Click here for the full list.
Highlights include ‘Seasons’: Kremerata Baltica and Gidon Kremer on the 2nd; Spanish Landscapes with the pianist Angela Hewitt on the 5th; the series of ‘Mozart Marathon’ concerts with the renowned pianist and composer Fazıl Say, on June 9, 11, 12 and 13; Moscow soloists Yuri Bashmet (viola) and Daniil Trifonov (piano) on the 22nd; the celebrated mezzo-soprano Magdalena Kožená who performs with Emmanuelle Haïm (harpsichord) on the 23rd; the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen on the 25th; another Russian viola master Maxim Rysanov takes the stage with violinist Arabella Steinbacher on the 26th; and much more. Click here to see the full programme.
Tickets sell out so get in fast.