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The programme of the festival was announced

The Istanbul Music Festival sponsored by Borusan Holding since 2006 will be held between 4 and 29 June around the theme “Time and Transformation”. Programme of the 41st Istanbul Music Festival was announced with a press meeting held at Four Seasons Hotel Istanbul at the Bosphorus providing venue and catering support to the festival’s press meetings for the last four years. İKSV Chairman Bülent Eczacıbaşı, Borusan Holding Member of the Board of Directors and Borusan Culture and Arts Chair of the Board of Directors Zeynep Hamedi and Istanbul Music Festival Director Yeşim Gürer Oymak participated to the press meeting.  

The 41st Istanbul Music Festival will host approximately 500 local and foreign artists including Vadim Repin, Maxim Vengerov, Shlomo Mintz, Mario João Pires, Khatia Buniatishvili, Magdelena Kožená, Kim Kashkashian, Sol Gabetta, and two of world’s leading orchestras, Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen and Munich Chamber Orchestra in Istanbul.

22 concerts in total including orchestral concerts, chamber music, recitals, and original programmes will take place within the 41st Istanbul Music Festival. The festival, aiming to embrace the city and meet the audience in different venues, will use the Surp Vortvots Vorodman Church for the first time this year. Hagia Eirene Museum, Süreyya Opera House, Lütfi Kırdar International Convention and Exhibition Center, Galata Mevlevi House Museum, Galata Rum Elementary School, Istanbul Modern, and İş Sanat Cultural Center will be among the venues of the festival.

The 41st Istanbul Music Festival, aiming to contribute to the contemporary music repertory with its commissions, will host various Turkey and world premieres. The world premiere of “Nasreddin Hodja” commissioned to the esteemed composer Kamran İnce by the festival will be performed by Berlin Counterpoint Ensemble. The Turkey premiere of Cello Concerto, co-commissioned with the Amsterdam Sinfonietta, Amsterdam Cello Biennale and Toronto Symphony Orchestra, will be performed by Sol Gabetta.

The festival has also special projects for young musicians. The project “Istanbul Music Festival in Search of Its Young Soloist” which started last year in order to discover and encourage young talents throughout the country will continue this year in cello. The project “Open Conservatory” meeting conservatory students with the festival audience will be held on Sunday, 9 June at the Galata Rum Elementary School.

İKSV Chairman Bülent Eczacıbaşı addressing a speech during the press meeting announced that there is a new collaboration for promotion and announcement posters of the Istanbul Festivals and stated: “patterns, lines, and handwritings of the foremost representatives of different branches of art will turn into festival posters with the designs of the graphic designer and IKSV Corporate Identity Advisor Bülent Erkmen. You can see the fingerprint and handwriting of Sarkis, one of the foremost contemporary artists, on the 41st Istanbul Music Festival poster. These collaborations benefitting from the inspiring power of interdisciplinarity will continue in 2013 for the Film and Jazz Festivals and in the future with the participation of various artists.” Eczacıbaşı highlighted that the projects for the young will continue within the Istanbul Music Festival. After stating that they aim to carry classical music to different parts of the city and reach wider audiences with the free-of-charge concerts to be held in different venues throughout Istanbul, Eczacıbaşı concluded his speech: “We would like to present our sincere gratitude for Four Seasons Hotel at the Bosphorus hosting us today, to the festival sponsor Borusan and to all organisations and institutions which continue their support. Thank you for your effort to announce our events to public.”

Borusan Holding Member of the Board of Directors and Borusan Culture and Arts Chair of the Board of Directors Zeynep Hamedi stated “As Borusan, we consider raising the education and culture level of our society, and holding the responsibility to build a modern society as our corporate values. While supporting high success, innovation, and continuous improvement, we consider working for contributing to the society as a duty. Our founder and honorary chair Asım Kocabıyık put these values on the base of the corporate philosophy of Borusan. We, as the generation taking over the administration from him, follow his route. Apart from our culture and art events, it is a source of happiness for us to support the Istanbul Music Festival organised by IKSV, which has a great share in development of our society, and to be the sponsor thereof for the last eight years.”

Istanbul Music Festival Director Yeşim Gürer Oymak underlined the theme of the festival this year and stated “Last year, we conducted a very detailed archive search for celebrations of the 40th year of IKSV and the Music Festival. Festival programmes during the first years are highly different from today’s programmes in terms of content. I found out that we now have a festival programme in which we bring different artists together, that we premier projects and commissions specific to our festival only, that we open more places to young musicians, that is more adventurist and more open to new ideas. These 41 years have matured the festival while at the same time inevitably changed it.” Some of the works and projects in the festival programme have titles with a direct reference to “time and transformation”; some others deal with the physical change; still others present the change resulting from performing of a style, which is specific to a given era, with a brand new musical language in another era. Yeşim Gürer Oymak also mentioned that the festival have commissioned Turkish and foreign composers since 2011 and worked for enriching the contemporary music repertory. Oymak stated “A great number of festivals and orchestras now know the Istanbul Music Festival as an institution which commissions.” The director also mentioned youth projects during her speech on the festival programme and underlined the importance granted by the festival to such projects: “I hope that music lovers will support and encourage our young artists, our future hopes by applauding them.”


The 41st Istanbul Music Festival is organised with the support of the several performance sponsors as well as its main sponsor Borusan HoldingMercedes-Benz Türk AŞ, Borusan Holding, Enerjisa, Türkiye İş Bankası, Nestlé, Enka Vakfı, Bell Şirketler Topluluğu, Organik Holding AŞ, Pak Topluluğu, TSKB, Işıklar Holding AŞ, Passion Travel, Berrin Erengül, Bordo Geri Dönüşüm, +D Group, Eva Barlas, İTO, Murat Aşkın, Arkas.

The 41st Istanbul Music festival is also supported by Republic of Turkey Ministry of Culture and Tourism, Istanbul Governor’s Office of the Republic of Turkey, Provincial Directorate of Culture and Tourism of the Republic of Turkey, Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality, Beyoğlu District of the Republic of Turkey, and Beyoğlu Municipality.

The festival is also held with the cooperation of Istanbul Modern, Istanbul University Rectorate and State Conservatory of the Republic of Turkey, Istanbul Technical University, İş Sanat, Kadıköy Municipality, and Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University State Conservatory.

The leading sponsor of all festivals by Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts is Eczacıbaşı Holding, the Official Airlines is Turkish Airlines, the Official Communications Sponsor is Vodafone, the Official Carrier is DHL Express, and the service sponsors is GFK. The accommodation sponsor of the festival is Martı İstanbul Hotel.

The publicity campaign of the 41st Istanbul Music Festival was conducted by HEP.

Sarkis and Bülent Erkmen designed the festival poster. Fingerprint and handwriting of the foremost contemporary artist Sarkis was turned into the festival poster with the design of İKSV Corporate Identity Advisor Bülent Erkmen.


The 41st Istanbul Music will begin on Tuesday, 4 June with the ceremony and Opening Concert to be held at the Lütfi Kırdar International Convention and Exhibition Center. The winner of the 7th International Tchaikovsky Competition for Young Musicians, 16-year-old violinist Veriko Çumburidze will perform Carmen Fantasy by Franz Waxman accompanied by Borusan Istanbul Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of Sascha Goetzel. The Orchestra in Residence of the Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts, Borusan Istanbul Philharmonic, will also perform Symphonie Fantastique by Hector Berlioz. Limited number of tickets will be on sale for the cocktail to be held before the Opening Concert.


“Honorary Award” of the 41st Istanbul Music Festival will be presented to Güher and Süher Pekinel for their successful international career as a piano duo, the deepness and perfection they reached in music, as well as their contribution to spread polyphonic music in Turkey, and their effort for training and improvement of young musicians. Güher and Süher Pekinel will be presented with the award on Tuesday, 4 June during the Opening Ceremony to be held at Lütfi Kırdar International Convention and Exhibition Center.

“Lifetime Achievement Award” of the festival will be presented to the Polish composer Krzysztof Penderecki who is one of the most prominent musicians alive marking the second half of the 20th century. With his avant-garde as well as traditional musical language Penderecki is one of the most commissioned musicians, who has a rich collection of works including symphonic works and operas. Penderecki will be presented with the award on Monday, 17 June at Hagia Eirene Museum before the concert of the Munich Chamber Orchestra led by the conductor Alexander Liebreich. The orchestra will perform UNESCO-awarded “Threnody to the Victims of Hiroshima for 52 Strings” composed by Penderecki in 1960.


Works and concerts within the theme “Time and Transformation” will be presented in the 41st Istanbul Music Festival. Munich Chamber Orchestra considered as one of the brightest torches of the German polyphonic music will perform Penderecki’s work pointing to a landmark in the world history as well as Symphony No:45 “Farewell” of Haydn related with the festival theme and will be accompanied by one of the most sensitive pianists of the young generation, Khatia Buniatishvili awarded with ECHO and Choc. 

Jordi Saval awarded with Lifetime Achievement Award in the 2008 Istanbul Music Festival will present his new project “The Cycles of Life” focusing on the time and transformation theme on 11 June at Hagia Eirene Museum with Hespèrion XXI he is the founder thereof. The concert with songs, celebrations and requiems on different phases of life is built on the rich musical and oral mosaic of Balkans.

Piano duo Ufuk and Bahar Dördüncü will perform suites and waltzes from Rachmaninov and Ravel on 7 June at Istanbul Modern. Piano Trio Forte, who got together with their friendship and common love for music due to their passion for chamber music along with their solo careers, will perform works focusing on changes resulted from time on 22 June. The concert by the violinist and conductor Shlomo Mintz, known for his diversity in style and strong technique and Cameristi Della Scala on 18 June will “carry the past into future” at Hagia Eirene with neoclassic Holberg Suite where Grieg adapted dances and styles of the previous century as well as Bach and Schubert.

Berlin Counterpoint Ensemble concert with the subheading “Time and Transformation” overlaps with this year’s theme of the festival.


The Istanbul Music Festival has contributed to enriching the contemporary music repertory by commissioning Turkish and foreign composers for three years. This year’s festival programme includes commissioned works by two worldly known composers.

The world premiere of the work composed by the esteemed composer Kamran İnce for the festival will be on Wednesday, 19 June at Süreyya Opera House and will be performed by Berlin Counterpoint Ensemble. Berlin Counterpoint Ensemble, consisting of Zeynep Özsuca considered as one of today’s ‘great ensemble pianists’, Aaron Dan considered one of the most promising flutists of his generation, Yigal Kaminka considered as a great musician equally at home with baroque oboe and recorder as with modern oboe, Heidi Elizabeth Mockert sought after basoonist by several chamber orchestras, Sascha Rattle known for his unique tone in clarinette, and horn player Dániel Molnár performing regularly with many of Europe's top orchestras, will perform Nasreddin Hodja which is one of the most pleasant surprises of the festival.

Cello Concerto commissioned by Istanbul Music Festival with the Amsterdam Sinfonietta, the Amsterdam Cello Biennale, and Toronto Symphony Orchestra to Latvian composer Peteris Vasks will have its Turkey premiere. Amsterdam Sinfonietta performing at prominent concert halls in the world with selected artists will meet Sol Gabetta rising star of the classical music, to perform the Turkey premiere of this new work by Peteris Vasks on Tuesday, 25 June at Hagia Eirene Museum.


The festival will host Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen considered as one of world’s leading orchestras with its unique musical style on 14 and 15 June at Hagia Eirene Museum. Portuguese pianist Maria João Pires will be the soloist of the first concert to be conducted by internationally known Turkish conductor Alpaslan Ertüngealp. In the second concert, Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen under the baton of James Judd will accompany Vadim Repin who is among the most prominent violin virtuosos in the world.

Versatile artist Cihat Aşkın and Roby Lakatos the so-called “Devil’s Fiddler” will meet in Istanbul within the now classic “Festival Encounter” series. A unique feast of music composing of colourful worlds of Turkish and Gypsy music with interpretations of Aşkın and Lakatos waits for music lovers on 13 June at Hagia Eirene.

Another festival event coming forward is the concert by one of today’s greatest violists Kim Kashkashian and pianist Péter Nagy. The two musicians will perform a colourful range of music from Mozart variations by Beethoven to Armenian composer Komitas, who was born in 1869 in Kütahya. Kashkashian and Nagy will meet the festival audience on Wednesday, 26 June at a new festival venue, Surp Vortvots Vorodman Church.

Violin virtuoso Maxim Vengerov considered as one of the most prominent representatives of the Russian school is the guest of the final concert of the festival. Maxim Vengerov, who started playing violin at the age of five, was awarded with several prestigious awards including Grammy. Vengerov accompanied by the most important orchestras of the world and recorded the greatest works of the violin repertory. For the Closing Concert, a farewell to the fascinating atmosphere of the Hagia Eirene Museum until the next festival, Borusan Istanbul Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Sascha Goetzel will accompany Vengerov on Saturday, 29 June.


The tickets of the 41st Istanbul Music Festival will be on sale  through:

- Biletix retail outlets,
- Biletix Call Centre (0216 556 98 00)
- Main box office at İKSV (Nejat Eczacıbaşı Binası Sadi Konuralp Cad. No:5 Şişhane, between 10.00–18.00, except Sunday – The main box office will be open on Sunday, 3 February)
- Festival tickets will also be on sale the box office located in the Hagia Eirene Museum  throughout the festival.


The ticket prices of the 41st Istanbul Music Festival range between 15 TL and 350 TL. Student tickets can only be bought from IKSV box office, with the presence of a student ID.

20 to 25% “Special Discount for Tulip Card members” for the festival tickets, will be available for the Tulip Card holders.

The programme booklet of the 41st Istanbul Music Festival can be found at İKSV (Nejat Eczacıbaşı Binası Sadi Konuralp Cad. No:5 Şişhane) and Biletix sales points.