‘Festivals are creative platforms for artists. Festivals should endeavour to present artists a unique environment where they can dream; provide them with a platform where they can research and exchange ideas; even take it a step further and maintain a space for creative risk-taking. We always show regard to this mission in shaping our festival programme, in commissioning works, and when asking for thematic special projects from soloists and ensembles. We present artists an opportunity to ‘dream.’’

Yeşim Gürer Oymak
Istanbul Music Festival Director

Dobrinka Tabakova - 2018
Dobrinka Tabakova - 2018 Concerto for Two Pianos, Percussion and Strings “Together Remember to Dance”
Commission of Amsterdam Sinfonietta / Muziekgebouw Aan ’T Ij; Istanbul Music Festival co-commission with Norwegian Chamber Orchestra, Orchestre De Picardie – Région Hauts-De-France and BBC Concert Orchestra, Turkey Premiere
Philip Glass - 2017
Philip Glass - 2017 Sypmhony No.11
Istanbul Music Festival, Bruckner-Linz Orchestra, Liverpool Royal Orchestra, and Queensland Symphonic Orchestra Co-Commission, Turkey Premiere
Özkan Manav - 2016
Özkan Manav - 2016 Ludus Modalis
Istanbul Music Festival Commission, World Premiere
Michael Ellison - 2016
Michael Ellison - 2016 The Sea-Crossed Fisherman, total music theatre based on Yaşar Kemal's novel
Istanbul Music Festival Commission, World Premiere
Tigran Mansurian - 2015
Tigran Mansurian - 2015 Sonata da Chiesa for Viola and Piano, in memoriam Komitas Vardapet
Istanbul Music Festival Commission, World Premiere
Hasan Niyazi Tura - 2015
Hasan Niyazi Tura - 2015 Song of a Martyr
Istanbul Music Festival Commission, World Premiere
Fazıl Say - 2014
Fazıl Say - 2014 Sait Faik
Istanbul Music Festival Commission, World Premiere
Alexander Raskatov - 2014
Alexander Raskatov - 2014 Crying in the Wilderness, for mixed chorus and large orchestra on texts of Ephrem the Syrian
Istanbul Music Festival Commission, World Premiere
Peteris Vasks - 2013
Peteris Vasks - 2013 Concerto for Violin and String Orchestra, “Klatbutne”
Istanbul Music Festival, Amsterdam Sinfonietta, Toronto Symphony Orchestra, and Cello Biënnale Amsterdam Co-Commission, Turkey Premiere
Kamran İnce - 2013
Kamran İnce - 2013 Nasreddin Hodja
Istanbul Music Festival Commission, World Premiere
Fazıl Say - 2012
Fazıl Say - 2012 Symphony No. 2, op.38, “Mesopotamia”
Istanbul Music Festival Commission, World Premiere
Giya Kancheli - 2012
Giya Kancheli - 2012 Lingering
Istanbul Music Festival Commission, World Premiere
Turgut Pöğün - 2011
Turgut Pöğün - 2011 Musics I
Istanbul Music Festival Commission, World Premiere
İlhan Usmanbaş - 2011
İlhan Usmanbaş - 2011 Concerto
Istanbul Music Festival Commission, World Premiere
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