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Istanbul Music Festival programme is announced

The 43rd Istanbul Music Festival will once again present music lovers with a jam-packed programme. The programme for this year's Istanbul Music Festival was announced at a press meeting held on Tuesday, 3 February.

Please click here for the programme.

The Istanbul Music Festival, which has been sponsored by Borusan Holding since 2006, will take place between 31 May – 29 June 2015 around the theme “Cultural Landscapes”. The programme for the 43rd Istanbul Music Festival was announced at a press meeting held at IKSV's official accommodation sponsor, Martı İstanbul Hotel. The speakers attending the press meeting were Istanbul Music Festival Director Yeşim Gürer Oymak and Borusan Kocabıyık Foundation General Secretary Canan Ercan Çelik.

In her speech, Istanbul Music Festival Director Yeşim Gürer Oymak, provided information regarding this year's festival theme and programme. She also stated that the free open-air concert series titled “Sunday Classics”, which garnered great attention last year, would be expanded and presented to music lovers under the title “Weekend Classics”.

Also speaking at the press meeting, Borusan Kocabıyık Foundation General Secretary Canan Ercan Çelik said, “Investing in promoting music in our country for it to be appreciated by a wider community and in facilitating music to build bridges between us and different cultures are among our primary missions as part of our endeavour to support arts and culture. This endeavour of ours is a legacy we honour from our founder and honorary president late Asım Kocabıyık and it is with this vision that Borusan has supported IKSV with unwavering belief and enthusiasm since the very first day. The Istanbul Music Festival, which Borusan has supported for many years, is of special significance to us. The Borusan Istanbul Philharmonic Orchestra, which appeared at the prestigious BBC Proms in 2014, making us proud as a nation, is in fact proud to have been the resident orchestra of the festival for 11 years now. The Istanbul Music Festival, centring upon the theme 'Cultural Landscapes', will remind us once again the necessity of embracing the sensitivity and tolerance that are essential to the multi-cultural community we live in."

The 43rd Istanbul Music Festival will host close to 600 local and international artists in Istanbul, including names such as Yuri Bashmet, Boris Berezovsky, Emmanuelle Haïm, Angela Hewitt, Paavo Jarvi, Kim Kashkashian, Patricia Kopatchinskaja, Christian Tetzlaff, Gidon Kremer, and Yuja Wang, as well as some of the world's leading ensembles, consisting of the Lausanne Chamber Orchestra, the Franz List Chamber Orchstra, Kremerata Baltica Chamber Orchestra, and the 12 Cellists of the Berlin Philharmonic. As this year's festival's resident guest orchestra, Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen will be putting on two concerts.

The festival, which will be host to two world premieres and three Turkish premieres, will be comprised of
27 concerts, consisting of symphony and chamber orchestras, vocal concerts, and recitals. The festival will once again be held at a number of different venues. In addition to the Heybeliada Hagia Triada Monastery, which will take part in the festival for the first time, some of the other festival venues will include the Hagia Irene Museum, St. Antoine Church, Süreyya Opera House, Austrian Cultural Office, Surp Vortvots Vorodman Church, İş Sanat Concert Hall, Lütfi Kırdar Conference and Exhibition Center, and Boğaziçi University's Albert Long Hall. The free concert series Weekend Classics, will once again greet festival-goers at venues such as the Garden of the Consulate General of Netherlands, the Selamiçeşme Freedom Park, the Sakıp Sabancı Museum Garden, and the Austrian Cultural Office Garden.

The Festival Theme: Cultural Landscapes

This year, the Istanbul Music Festival, which has been thematically organising its programme since 2011, has been curated under the theme “Cultural Landscapes.” The theme, which will take shape through the festival's various concerts, is a reference to the nationalist movement which arose through the increasing consolidation of European borders in the 19th century and the increasing importance folkloric elements in music which followed this movement, centred on topics of identity, belonging, and geography. In a world where cultural differences are quickly fading due to the effects of globalisation, the importance of local rhythms, harmonies, and tones within the tradition of classical music will surface once again through the festival, and the works of composer's through which they portray their personal historical identities and cultural riches will reach the audience through the festival's theme.

The Istanbul Music Festival in Search of its Young Soloist

Started during the festival's 40th year, in order to discover and encourage young talents from across the country, this year's “Istanbul Music Festival in Search of its Young Soloist” project will be realized in the branch of the flute. Within the scope of the project, a young flute soloist, to be determined by a jury following nation-wide auditions, will earn the opportunity to give a concert with the Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University State Conservatory Symphony Orchestra on Saturday, 20 June evening at the Süreyya Opera House.

Pre-concert Talks at the Festival

The Pre-concert talks with festival artists and music journalists that take place prior to various concerts as part of the festival, aspires to provide music lovers with a richer concert experience. This year’s festival will once again feature valuable speakers, who will provide information about the concert programme, composers, and performers, as well as share their insightful observations regarding musical works and their periods. While orchestra conductor Cem Mansur, musicologist Ersin Antep, critic Asuman Büke Kafaoğlu, and Istanbul Music Festival Director musicologist Yeşim Gürer Oymak will be providing the audience with information regarding the content of their programmes, conductor Hagop Mamigonyan and composer Tigran Mansuryan will be conducting an interview prior to the world premiere of his piece commissioned by the festival. Flute artist Aydın Büke, whose recently published a book on Mozart garnered great interest, will be speaking about the composer and his music before all of the concerts that will be part of the series titled the Mozart Marathon with Fazıl Say.

This year, the festival will also be host to a highly-esteemed name from abroad at its Pre-concert events. Author, music critic, and journalist Jessica Duchen writes regularly for publications such as the Independent, BBC Music, and Opera News Magazine, in addition to giving talks, being part of various award juries, and keeping a popular blog. She has produced novels, theatre plays, and biographical works. Duchen will meet Istanbul's music lovers at four different talks prior to four different concerts. Detailed information regarding the Pre-concert Talks can be found at

43rd Istanbul Music Festival Tickets

The tickets of the 43rd Istanbul Music Festival will be on sale as of 10:00 on Saturday, 14 February through:

• Biletix retail outlets,
• Biletix Call Center (0216 556 98 00)
• İKSV (Nejat Eczacıbaşı Building Sadi Konuralp Caddesi No:5 Şişhane, between 10.00–18.00, except Sunday – The main box office will be open on Sunday, 15 February)

Festival tickets will be on sale at the box office located in the Hagia Eirene Museum throughout the festival.
20 to 25% Special Discount for Tulip Card members for the festival tickets will be available for the Tulip Card holders.

There will be a limited sale for tickets to the festival's opening ceremony at the Lütfi Kırdar Conference and Exhibition Center on Sunday, 31 May evening.

Music and Vocal Department Conservatory Students Will Be Able to Attend Festival Concerts Free-of-Charge

This year, students in the music and vocal departments of conservatories will once again be able to attend Istanbul Music Festival concerts free-of-charge. The students will need to receive reservation approval by sending an e-mail to, including their name, last name, and student certificates one day prior to the concert that they would like to attend. Reservations will be approved based on available capacity.

The 43rd Istanbul Music Festival's programme booklet can be obtained from İKSV and Biletix retail outlets.