Festival presents an 'unusual' programme in its 45th year
Istanbul Music Festival celebrates its 45th year. Having presented the best and most recent outputs of classical music to 3,5 million music lovers in Istanbul with 3.000 events in the past 45 years, Istanbul Music Festival will be held under the theme of “Unusual”, from 29 May to 21 June 2017.
In addition to the classical repertoire, the 45th Istanbul Music Festival will present a programme that will give classical music lovers a whole new concert experience with new discoveries, interdisciplinary and multimedia works, and performances that reconnect different periods and genres around this year’s theme, “Unusual”. The festival’s programme was announced at a press meeting on Wednesday, 15 February at The Marmara Pera Hotel, the Official Hotel Sponsor of İKSV.
The speakers at the meeting included Bülent Eczacıbaşı, Chairman of İKSV; Gaye Akçen, Chairwoman of the Executive Board of the Elginkan Community and Chairwoman of E.C.A. Presdöküm Sanayii A.Ş. and Yeşim Gürer Oymak, Director of Istanbul Music Festival.
In his speech at the press meeting, Chairman of İKSV Bülent Eczacıbaşı said “The Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts (İKSV) and the Istanbul Music Festival, considered to be the flagship of all İKSV events, are celebrating their 45th anniversaries ever more convinced of how important it is to expand the public’s engagement with culture and the arts and ensure that these activities become an indispensible part of many more people’s daily lives. The premieres and thematically curated concerts that we will present at this year’s Music Festival, as well as the interdisciplinary pre-concert talks aim to enrich the public’s festival experience, encourage them to make new discoveries, and create opportunities for them to connect with the international culture and art world. Furthermore, through the use of unusual venues and free concerts for large groups of people, we aim to give the Istanbul public new perspectives for rediscovering their city.”
In her speech, Chairwoman of the Executive Board of the Elginkan Group and Chairwoman of E.C.A. Presdöküm Sanayii A.Ş. Gaye Akçen said “As the Elginkan Group, which has always taken pride in producing leading products in many different business sectors since 1950, we support cultural activities. Aside from that, considering our current position, we continue to serve society as a brand that invests in the future of Turkey, that possesses an advanced technology, that is innovative and eager to shape the future, and that gives importance to the perspective of the youth. As E.C.A. Presdöküm Sanayii A.Ş., our strong ties with Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts and Istanbul Music Festival will continue ‘Together for Years’, as our slogan indicates.”
Delivering the details of the festival’s programme and theme, Istanbul Music Festival Director Yeşim Gürer Oymak said “We have created the festival programme in circumstances more difficult than ever, in an ‘unusual’ period. In times like this, we need the uniting, healing and hope-yielding power of culture and arts. The festival was conceived around the theme of ‘Unusual’. Creative, challenging, intriguing, stimulating, interesting, impressive, multidisciplinary, multifaceted, and pregnant to new experiences... In addition to once in a life time artist collaborations that are exclusive to Istanbul Music Festival, commissions and premieres, preparations and research on projects that allow for interdisciplinary transitions; presenting concerts in venues that speak to the themes of the concerts does not only deepen the festival experience for the audience, but also helps us create a new community of culture and arts followers.”
Diverse Experiences at Unusual Venues
The 45th Istanbul Music Festival will host over 600 local and international artists, including some of the world’s leading ensembles such as Russian Chamber Philarmonic St. Petersburg, Vienna Chamber Orchestra, London Chamber Orchestra and Ebene Quartet, remarkable soloists like Hüseyin Sermet, Fazıl Say, Alina Pogostkina and Mathias Goerne, as well as young generation artists at 15 venues in Istanbul.
In its 45th year, the festival will bring a fresh breath to classical music with its creative, evocative, multi-disciplinary and multi-faceted projects on its programme. Concerts that allow interdisciplinary transitions, commissions and premieres will offer unusual experiences to audiences of all ages.
This year, the Istanbul Music Festival stands out with its venue choices that relate with the concert themes. The festival will take place across 15 different venues, 8 of which will be used for the first time.
Some new venues such as the Aya Yorgi Greek Orthodox Church, bomontiada, Garden of Galata Mawlawi House, Grand Bazaar, Küd Dıpo Surp Asdvadzadzin Armenian Church, Panayia Greek Orthodox Church, Sait Halim Pasha Mansion, Sakıp Sabancı Museum Fıstıklı Terrace and Zorlu PAC Drama Stage will be added to the venues that has become a classic for the festival Hagia Eirene Museum, Boğaziçi University Albert Long Hall, Lütfi Kırdar Convention and Exhibition Centre, İş Sanat Concert Hall, Süreyya Opera House and Austrian Culture Forum.
A 23-year-old young star to open the Festival
The 45th Istanbul Music Festival will start with the opening ceremony and concert to be held at the Lütfi Kırdar Convention and Exhibition Centre on the evening of 29 May. The festival’s opening concert will present an extraordinary young soloist. Festival's Orchestra in Residence Borusan Istanbul Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Sascha Goetzel, will be accompanied by Andrei Ioniţă, a 23-year-old young cellist who won the first prize in the cello section of the 2015 Tchaikovsky Competition. Andrei Ioniţă, described by The Times as "one of the most exciting cellists of the last decade", will play Saint-Saëns Cello Concerto No. 1, and BIFO will perform Islamey and Rosenkavalier Suite under the conductorship of Sascha Goetzel.
Pre-concert talks with speakers from various disciplines
Speakers from different disciplines such as literature, painting, philosophy and science continue to meet with the audience before the concerts within the scope of the festival. This year’s programme of Pre-concert Talks, which includes names such as Hülya Düzenli, Mert Taner, Prof. Dr. Cem Say, Enis Batur, Nilüfer Kuyaş, Aydın Büke, Ercüment Cengiz, Tuna Kiremitçi, Küçük İskender and Aykut Köksal was formed with Asuman Kafaoğlu-Büke’s counselling.