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Istanbul Music Festival 2020


June 2, 2020 – June 25, 2020


In June 2020, the 48th Istanbul Music Festival, centred on the theme “The Enlightened World of Beethoven” celebrates the 250th birthday of Ludwig van Beethoven along with the rest of the world. The festival will feature iconic works of Beethoven, who has gained a remarkable place in the cultural heritage of humanity with his music, as well as new commissions and new projects inspired by him.

Tickets for all events are on sale as of Saturday, 15 February and can be purchased through Biletix retail outlets, Biletix Call Centre (0850 755 55 55), the Biletix web site and also the İKSV Box Office, where tickets can be purchased without a service fee.

The full programme is available online. Here are some of the highlights:

On 2 June the 48th Music Festival opens with Beethoven’s popular violin concerto, op. 61, and the overture to his only opera, Fidelio performed by the Tekfen Philharmonic Orchestra. Young star violinist Stella Chen will make her Turkish debut with this concert.

On June 6, İdil Biret will perform twice; she is the only pianist to have both performed and recorded Beethoven’s all piano works, including Liszt’s transcriptions of his 9 symphonies.

On 7 June, the 5th Music Route will take listeners on a musical journey on Büyükada, known for its impressive historical mansions, lovely nature, and relaxing atmosphere, for a day beyond time and space with a richly varied programme from Beethoven to Piazzolla. Büyükada will welcome classical music enthusiasts at the Anadolu Club, San Pacifico Latin Catholic Church and Hesed Le Avraam Synagogue.

On 12 June the great piano virtuoso, seven-time Grammy winner Emanuel Ax is at the festival with one of the world’s oldest orchestras, the Staatskapelle Dresden.

On 20 June is a celebration of the art of one of the leading representatives of Russian school of music: the cellist, conductor, pianist, harpsichordist, and professor Alexander Rudin. Rudin will be performing on the cello with Andrej Bielow (violin), Efdal Altun (viola) and İris Şentürker (piano). Alexander Rudin will be presented the Lifetime Achievement Award before the concert.

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