International music festival to begin in Istanbul

The Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts would host the festival for the 35th time.

International music festival to begin in Istanbul

An international music festival will begin in the Turkish province of Istanbul on June 6th with a concert of Wiener Kammerphilharmonie.

The Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts would host the festival for the 35th time, and Turkish Borusan Holding would sponsor the events, the foundation said in a statement on Saturday.

The Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts is a non-profit, non-governmental organization founded in 1973 by fourteen businessmen with the aim of organising an international arts festival in Istanbul. The Foundation's initial goal was to offer the finest examples of art from around the world, while at the same time promoting Turkish national, cultural and artistic assets by using arts to create an international platform of communication.

The opening gala will take place at the Hagia Eirene Museum, and Wiener Kammerphilharmonie will be conducted by Claudius Traunfellner.

The festival will feature many foreign performers till June 30th.

The first International Istanbul Music Festival took place in 1973. The Festival particularly emphasises "sharing artistic inspiration" and creates programmes in which international orchestras and conductors perform with Turkish soloists or vice versa.

In its 35 years the International Istanbul Music Festival hosted honorable conductors such as Zubin Mehta, Sir John Elliot Gardiner, Riccardo Muti, Ton Koopman, William Christie, Howard Griffiths, Valery Gergiev, Christopher Hogwood, Pierre Boulez, Kurt Masur, Mark Minkowski and José Collado. A distinguished line-up of soloists such as Elizabeth Scwarzkopf, KiriTe Kanawa, Kathleen Battle, Cecilia Bartoli, Montserrat Caballé, Itzhak Perlman, Mischa Maisky, Maxim Vengerov, Gidon Kremer, Joshua Bell, Ado Ciccolini, Shlomo Mintz, Suna Kan, Ayla Erduran, İdil Biret and Hüseyin Sermet were among the guests of the Istanbul Music Festival. Outstanding dance companies such as the Martha Graham Dance Company, Bolshoi Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, Nederlands Dans Thetare as well as Les Ballets de Montecarlo were presented to music lovers in previous years.

The International Istanbul Music Festival is a member of European Festival Association since 1977.

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