Journeys Into The Distance

THE ISTANBUL MUSIC FESTIVAL, JUNE 4 TO 29, WILL BE CENTERING ITS PROGRAM AROUND A THEME FROM NOW ON. AND THE FIRST THEME IS ‘JOURNEYS INTO THE DISTANCE’.

The Istanbul Music Festival is taking music lovers on a journey through the world of music, from Mexico, Buenos Aires and America’s west coast to Spain, Venice and Russia all the way to the Indian Ocean. Held this year for the 39th time, the festival is welcoming such greats as Gidon Kremer, Yuri Bashmet, Patricia Petibon, Hilary Hahn, Renée Fleming and Christoph Eschenbach as well as one of the world’s finest orchestras, the Festival Orchestra of Schleswig-Holstein.

The festival’s Honor Award will go to one of Turkey’s leading composers, educators and musicologists, Muammer Sun, for his 160-member children’s and young people’s choir, his compositions, his published books and his folk music arrangements.  Recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award will be Gidon Kremer, one of the most respected and inspiring violinists of our time for his original interpretations of the great classics.

FESTIVAL VENUES
The festival concerts will take place at the traditional venues including Aya Irini Museum, the Archaeological Museum, the Tiled Pavilion and Süreyya Opera House as well as the Lütfi Kırdar Conference and Exhibition Center, the Galata Mevlevi Lodge, the Rectorate of Istanbul University, Istanbul Modern Museum and Santralistanbul.