The Enlightened World of Beethoven

The 48th Istanbul Music Festival, organised by the Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts (IKSV), will be held from 2nd to 25th June 2020. With its theme “The Enlightened World of Beethoven”, festival celebrates the 250th birthday of the music genius.

The festival will be taking place across the beautiful settings in Istanbul such as the Archaeology Museum, Cemal Resit Rey Concert Hall, Lutfi Kırdar Convention and Exhibition Centre, Saint Esprit Cathedral, Sakıp Sabancı Museum Fıstıklı Terrace, Surp Ohan Vosgeperan Armenian Catholic Church, Sureyya Opera House, Zorlu PAC Turkcell Platinum Stage and Zorlu PAC Sky Lounge. Additionally, the Music Route will be held in Buyukada, the largest of Princes’ Islands in Istanbul, at Hesed Le Avraam Synagogue, St. Pacifico Roman Catholic Church and the Anadolu Club. Free Weekend Classics events will also be held at Feriye and Yıldız Park.

In 2020, the world celebrates the 250th birthday of Ludwig van Beethoven. The festival will feature iconic works of Beethoven, who has gained a remarkable place in the cultural heritage of humanity with his music, as well as new commissions and new projects inspired by him.

The Istanbul Music Festival programme was created on sub-themes that present the essential aspects of the composer such as ‘love of nature’, ‘love of humanity’ and ‘innovative and visionary music language’. With his strong and bold musical language, Beethoven broke the boundaries of musical genres of his time and set new standards that still influence the music world. This visionary spirit of the composer will continue to fascinate the music world with new projects and works to be performed at the festival.

The winner of the 2019 Queen Elisabeth International Violin Competition, violinist Stella Chen will open the 48th Music Festival with the composer’s popular Violin Concerto, op. 61, and the overture to his only opera, Fidelio. The festival will also bring the audiences together with the best local and international orchestras and leading figures of classical music such as; Berlin Konzerthaus Orchestra, Wiener Akademie, Emanuel Ax, and Evelyn Glennie. Full line up is announced on the festival’s site.

The festival programme was announced at a press conference on Tuesday, 4 February at Feriye in Istanbul. In his speech at the press meeting, Chairman of IKSV Bulent Eczacıbası said: “Our festival programme is inspired by the enlightenment values that Beethoven represented, among them equality, fraternity, and love of nature. Through our concerts for audiences of every age, we are confident that we will again reach broad segments of the public. Our programme features the performance of three new works we have commissioned for this year’s festival: two are world premieres and the third will be the first performance in Turkey. As always, we are inviting music and voice students at conservatories to attend all concerts free of charge. We will also continue to contribute to the development of talented young women musicians through our “Women Stars of Tomorrow” programme, now in its third year. I would like to extend my utmost gratitude to our festival sponsor E.C.A. Presdokum Sanayii for supporting culture and the arts and believing in the mission of our festival, and our warmest appreciation to all other institutions and individuals who have also made this 48th festival possible.”

One of the leading representatives of Russian school of music; the cellist, conductor, pianist, harpsichordist, and Professor Alexander Rudin will be the recipient of this year’s Lifetime Achievement Award. Also, the 48th Istanbul Music Festival’s Honorary Award will be presented to the musicologist and music writer Ahmet Say.

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