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From our concerts homepage you can find the best classical music concerts and events taking place around the world, featuring some of the best orchestras from the most prestigious concert halls. Whether you’re looking for symphony concerts, chamber music recitals, choral concerts, the most daringly avant-garde or the most popular classical music, you can find it all here, as well as reviews and insightful feature articles.
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Patricia Kopatchinskaja on new music and innovation

Patricia Kopatchinskaja © Julia Wesely
Moldovan-born violinist Patricia Kopatchinskaja enjoys challenging the limitations of traditional concert formats and is a passionate advocate for new music and doing things differently.
March 2018
Evening performance
Matinee performance
Reviewed in Philadelphia

Sweeping, elegant Tchaikovsky in Philadelphia

Michael Tilson Thomas © Chris Wahlberg
Michael Tilson Thomas returned to Philadelphia, this time showing both facets of his artistic career.
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Reviewed in Melbourne

Soloists and orchestra shine in MSO Opening Gala

Stuart Skelton © Simon Fernandez
A celebration of composer, soloist and orchestral excellence in an eclectic, if slightly eccentric, gala opening program to launch the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra's 2018 season.
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Reviewed in London

Parisian cafés, Manhattan cocktails bars

Denis Kozhukhin © Marco Borggreve
In the year of the centenary of Claude Debussy's death, pianist Denis Kozhukhin gave a heady and colourful performance of music by Debussy and George Gerswhin, a composer deeply influenced by his French counterpart.
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The educational legacy of Leonard Bernstein

Bernstein in the TV studio in 1958 © Bert Bial | New York Philharmonic Digital Archives
George Marriner Maull of the music education organisation The Discovery Orchestra looks back on the legacy of Leonard Bernsteins Young People's Concerts. 

The young take the high ground at Sommets Musicaux de Gstaad

Both lynchpin and enlightened monarch, Renaud Capuçon lifts the curtain of the festival in his third year as its Artistic Director

Glen Kwok on the Violin Competition of Indianapolis

Jinjoo Cho (South Korea) - 2014 Gold Medalist with Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra © Denis R. Kelly, Jr.
The International Violin Competition of Indianapolis, which has been attracting violinists from around the world since 1982, is unique in the-depth career mentorship it offers following victory. 
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MunichAkademiekonzert 4

Akademiekonzert 4
Brahms, Tchaikovsky
Bayerisches Staatsorchester; Kirill Petrenko; Julia Fischer; Daniel Müller-Schott

BarcelonaSchubert's Trout

Schubert's *Trout*
Isabelle Faust; Jean-Guihen Queyras; Alexander Melnikov; Boris Faust

Bern7. Kammermusik: Quatuor Diotima

Bartók, Scartazzini, Schubert
Quatuor Diotima; Yun-Peng Zhao; Constance Ronzatti; Franck Chevalier

New York CityAcademy of St Martin in the Fields

Mendelssohn, Wieniawski, Beethoven
Academy of St Martin in the Fields; Joshua Bell

ZürichLiederabend: Diana Damrau

Liederabend: Diana Damrau
Diana Damrau; Helmut Deutsch

MadridCiclo Satélites: Los contrabajos del s. XXI

Ciclo Satélites: Los contrabajos del s. XXI
Alm, García, Joplin
Brassone Quintet

New York CityJupiter Symphony Chamber Players: Rooted in Russia

Jupiter Symphony Chamber Players: Rooted in Russia
Gretchaninov, Arensky, Shostakovich, Glière
Timur Mustakimov; Alexi Kenney; Maria Ioudenitch; Cong Wu

BudapestRamón Vargas recital

Ramón Vargas recital
Liszt, Montsalvatge, Leoncavallo, Cilea, Respighi, Mascagni, Denza, Tosti, Rossini
Ramón Vargas; Charles Spencer; Hungarian State Opera
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Trifonov impresses, the LPO's Stravinsky doesn't

Daniil Trifonov © Dario Acosta | DG
Trifonov's rock solid technique is applied with finesse to one of the world's most popular concerti; Stravinsky's Fairy's Kiss doesn't transfer well to the concert platform.
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Gardiner and LSO make a welcome return

Sir John Eliot Gardiner © Sim Canetty-Clarke
The replication of the weekend’s triumph was cut short by a somewhat dimly executed Fourth Symphony, as violinist Faust stole the show. 
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Emelyanychev makes thrilling debut with SCO

Maxim Emelyanychev © Emil Matveev
A replacement conductor and soloists demonstrate brillance in Dvořák and Schubert in Edinburgh.
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A musical journey spanning three centuries with The Hallé

Sir Mark Elder © Benjamin Ealovega
An enjoyable and vivid performance representing music spanning three centuries of history
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Quatuor Ébène shines in rarely performed and standard repertoire

Quatuor Ébène © Julien Mignot
Ébène Quartet’s musical ebb and flow brings to mind Proust’s words to Fauré, that he was “intoxicated by his music”.  
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Intimacy and exuberance in Schumann and Chopin

Maurizio Pollini © Mathias Bothor | DG
With plenty of sparkle and spritz, Pollini laces his performances of Schumann and Chopin with intimacy and introspection in a programme of contrasting emotions.
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A Winter Journey with John Chest

John Chest © Andrey Stoycher
If Chest is not yet the finished article, he’s damned close.
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Handel’s calling card Rinaldo still opening doors three centuries on

Luca Pisaroni (Argante) and Joelle Harvey (Almirena) © Robert Workman
There were plenty of vocal fireworks in this concert performance of Handel’s opera. 
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