From Ireland to Croatia, Finland to the USA, here's a comprehensive list of our festival partners. To read more about any of these festivals, or to view their upcoming events, just follow the link in each festival's title to see their homepage.

 

Valletta International Baroque Festival

Malta

Valletta Baroque Festival
Valletta Baroque Festival
The 2015 Valletta International Baroque Festival will be the third edition. Organised by Teatru Manoel, Malta’s national theatre, the Festival takes place in various venues including the President’s Palace, St. John’s Co-Cathedral and other churches in Valletta, Malta’s Capital City. Highlights of this Festival include the King’s Consort conducted by Robert King with the countertenor Iestin Davies performing Handel’s arias, the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment performing St John Passion by J.S. Bach, Cappella Mediterranea with Leonardo Garcia Alarcon performing Michelangelo Falvetti’s Il Diluvio Universale, the European Union Baroque Orchestra performing Handel’s organ concertos and Michael Willens ensemble performing music by Abos.

 

MITO SettembreMusica

Italy

MITO SettembreMusica
MITO SettembreMusica
MITO SettembreMusica is the international music festival that since 2007 has brought the cities of Milano and Torino together for grand annual showcases of musical events. Throughout three weeks each September, MITO SettembreMusica offers audiences the chance to wind their way along the musical itinerary of their choice, with a broad-ranging, multi-faceted program, from classical to contemporary, from jazz to rock, from pop to ethnic music, plus film screenings, round tables, exhibitions and children’s events, sure to satisfy the demands of experts and the curiosity of all. Four to five events daily, featuring internationally renowned artists and groups, thrill the two Italian cities, where performances are hosted in some of the most spectacular locations.

 

 

42nd Istanbul Music Festival

Turkey

Istanbul Music Festival © Muammer Yanmaz
Istanbul Music Festival
© Muammer Yanmaz
The 42nd Istanbul Music Festival, organised by the Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts and sponsored by Borusan Holding, centres on the theme “The Song of Nature”. The 42nd Istanbul Music Festival will host nearly 800 local and foreign musicians in a total of 26 concerts of orchestral, chamber music, solo, and vocal performances. Such international stars as Steven Isserlis, Isabelle van Keulen, Nelson Freire, Pepe Remero, Krzysztof Penderecki, Xavier de Maistre, and Yuja Wang will be performing with some of world’s leading ensembles like Sinfonia Varsovia and Teresa Carreño Youth Orchestra of Venezuela.

 

 

Savonlinna Opera Festival

Finland

Savonlinna Festival
Savonlinna Festival
The Savonlinna Opera Festival is the Finnish cultural event best known internationally and a leading Finnish tourist attraction. Over the years it has grown into an international festival lasting one month. A visit to the opera in Savonlinna is an all-round experience made up of first-class opera performances and concerts, the unique atmosphere of a medieval castle and the beautiful town of Savonlinna in summer, set amid lakes, islands and forests. Savonlinna has become a concept among opera-lovers the world over. Savonlinna – an opera town surrounded by lakes The Savonlinna Opera Festival is held in the great, unique courtyard of a medieval castle. 

 

 

Rencontres Musicales d'Évian

France

Rencontres Musicales d'Évian
Rencontres Musicales d'Évian
On the shores of Lake Geneva, at the heart of the Evian Resort and spa town, the Rencontres Musicales d’Évian welcomes music lovers in an enchanting frame. Established in 1976, long directed by Rostropovich, the festival comes alive again; the Danone Group has entrusted artistic direction to the Modigliani Quartet who will celebrate all genres of chamber music with many great artists.

Concerts take place in the legendary Grange au Lac, entirely made of wood, nestled in a larch park, with Bohemian glass chandeliers and birch trees surrounding the stage, and in the lovely Casino Theatre, facing the lake.

 

Robeco Summer Nights

The Netherlands

Robeco Summer Nights
Robeco Summer Nights
For more than 25 years Robeco Summer Nights has offered a programme of classical concerts in The Royal Concertgebouw in Amsterdam. In July and August we bring you internationally renowned orchestras and soloists such as Martin Fröst, Janine Jansen and the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, with programmes of Mozart, Mahler and more. Over 80 concerts include jazz, pop and film music. Robeco Summer Nights offers more than just music. The whole experience is one of summer and inspiration, of colour and passion, of an evening to remember. Before the concert you can enjoy a wonderful three-course meal in our beautiful Mirror Hall, and afterwards meet your favourite musician at our Summer Nights Live events.

 

 

Festival de Musica de Canarias

Canary Islands, Spain

Festival de Musica de Canarias
Festival de Musica de Canarias
International Music Festival of the Canary Islands The main goal of our festival is to heighten the international profile of the Canary Islands through something other than the cliché of sunshine and beaches. The Canary Islands have a long tradition in music, which can be traced back to the beginning of the 19th Century when European opera companies stopped over here on their way to South America and offered recitals and performances. Almost all of the top names of the most renowned orchestras, conductors and soloists in the classical musical firmament have come along, as we offer the best music in the best winter climate.

 

Gregynog Festival

United Kingdom

Gregygnog Festival
Gregygnog Festival
Music lovers from across the world are drawn to Montgomeryshire, the beautiful countryside of the Welsh Borders, for the annual Gregynog Festival (13-29 June 2014), Wales’ oldest classical music festival. Most of the Festival’s headline concerts take place at Gregynog Hall, which is surrounded by 750 acres of grounds including Grade I listed formal gardens. The Hall’s Music Room provides a magical space in which to enjoy concerts. Highlights for 2014 include Phantasm; The Brabant Ensemble; Paul O'Dette; Sirinu; Jordi Savall and Hesperion XXI; Alamire; Coope, Boyes and Simpson; Christopher Maltman; Yossif Ivanov; BBC National Orchestra of Wales with Sioned Williams; The Nash Ensemble and the Flemish Radio Choir.

 

Dubrovnik Summer Festival

Croatia

Dubrovnik Festival
Dubrovnik Festival
The oldest cultural festival in Croatia, Dubrovnik Summer Festival takes place from 10 July to 25 August at open-air venues of Baroque-Reneissance city of Dubrovnik presenting vibrant theatre, classical music, ballet, opera, jazz, folklore and other programs. This year it's celebrating its 65th anniversary. In Dubrovnik the space is decisive in creating an event. Festival's catalogue comprises nearly 100 various venues including almost the entire City and surrounding area, resulting in a unique bond between the City and the Festival. Relying on rich and living heritage, the Festival continues to promote site-specific programme policy, to combine tradition and modernity, and connect local, national and international creativity. As a place where people gather to exchange ideas and create new projects, the Festival promotes Dubrovnik as Croatian and world spiritual and cultural centre.

 

Beethovenfest Bonn

Germany

Beethovenfest Bonn
Beethovenfest Bonn
The Beethovenfest Bonn 2014 takes place from September 6 until October 3, the motto is “spark divine”. Stars and world-class orchestras will present outstanding programmes, as Lorin Maazel and the Münchner Philharmoniker, Andris Nelsons and the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra with a Beethoven symphony cycle, the London Symphony Orchestra with Sir John Eliot Gardiner, Die Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen with Paavo Järvi, the Mahler Chamber Orchestra with Leif Ove Andsnes and a Beethoven piano concerto cycle as well as Yannick Nézet-Séguin and the Rotterdams Philharmonisch Orkest.

 

Riga Festival

Latvia

Riga Festival
Riga Festival
The Riga Festival is the main annual event of classical music in Latvia that goes so well with the image of Rīga as a city of inspiration. "Riga is a festival itself - it is an ongoing feast full of sounds, fragrances, flavours and inspiration. Everyone is welcome here; everyone has a chance to feel special - both the guests from faraway countries and the locals; both on the stage and as a part of audience. The essential feature of the Riga Festival is the widest range of its musical repertoire in terms of historical periods, genres and schools - this is a top quality musical festivity without frontiers, for all the city locals, as well as all the guests and visitors

 

Kuhmo Chamber Music Festival

Finland

Kuhmo Chamber Music Festival
Kuhmo Chamber Music Festival
The Kuhmo Chamber Music Festival was born in 1970 out of the quirky idea to take chamber music into pristine nature, far away from the noise and pollution of an urban environment. The aim was to gather the world’s best chamber musicians to perform together in the front of the most knowledgeable chamber music audience. This idea became a reality in Kuhmo, on the eastern border of Finland some 600 km from the capital city of Helsinki. This is Finland’s oldest chamber music festival and the largest when measured in visitor numbers. Each year, some 180 musicians gather together in Kuhmo to perform about 100 events, which together attract around 40,000 visits. Kuhmo has developed into one the most significant music festivals in the world. As early as 1989, an American magazine Connoisseur wrote: “for two passionate weeks in July, the remote town of Kuhmo hosts a unique chamber music festival that is possibly the finest in the world”.

 

Kilkenny Arts Festival

Ireland

Kilkenny Arts Festival
Kilkenny Arts Festival
For forty years, Kilkenny Arts Festival has brought some of the world's greatest artists to the beautiful and intimate surroundings of Ireland's medieval city, including Victoria de Los Angeles, Peter Brook, Seamus Heaney, Robert Lowell, Steven Isserlis, Jordi Savall, Nigel Kennedy, Joshua Bell and Dawn Upshaw among many others. Join us this August and encounter extraordinary artists and unique collaborations in the magical ancient buildings and gardens of Kilkenny, voted by Condé Nast Traveller in 2013 as Europe's friendliest city. 

 

Korsholm Music Festival

Finland

Korsholm Music Festival
Korsholm Music Festival
The coastline and the archipelago of Vaasa and Korsholm are among the most beautiful areas in the Nordic region. Since 1983 the Korsholm Music Festival has invited leading Nordic and international artists to perform during these wonderful summer weeks, with music ranging from baroque compositions to classical chamber works and new music. The festival is one of the most acknowledged chamber music festivals in Finland, and brings its mood to this coastal region as music resounds in concert halls, restaurants, museums and idyllic church buildings. Our famous “daylight” during the nights brings a special magic to the festival atmosphere!

 

Sibelius-Nielsen Festival 

Sweden

Sibelius Nielsen Festival
Sibelius Nielsen Festival
2015 will see the 150th anniversary of two grand composers of symphonic music: Jean Sibelius and Carl Nielsen. The Stockholm Concert Hall will celebrate by launching the world’s largest Sibelius/Nielsen festival! With the resident orchestra, the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra and its Chief Conductor Sakari Oramo, performing in three landmark concerts (opening, middle concert and grand finale) and with guest orchestras from Sweden, Finland and Denmark performing another nine concerts, this will be a twelve-day symphonic feast to celebrate both the protagonists. There will be daily concerts, inspiring lectures and exhibitions about both composers. 

 

Castleton Festival

United States

Castleton Festival
Castleton Festival
Now in its sixth season, the Castleton Festival was founded by world-renowned artists, Maestro Lorin Maazel and Dietlinde Turban Maazel. It takes place in state-of-the-art performance venues set in the rolling meadows of Castleton Farms in scenic Rappahannock County, Virginia, from June 28-July 20, 2014. This season’s program will showcase Castleton’s rising stars working alongside world renowned artists such as Sir James Galway andDenyce Graves and new productions of Mozart’s Don Giovanni and Puccini’s Madama Butterfly, a theatrical reading of Don Juan in Hell, as well as symphonic concerts, chamber music, song recitals, bluegrass, fireworks, and more.

 

Varazdin Baroque Evenings 

Croatia

Varaždin Baroque Evenings
Varaždin Baroque Evenings
Based on the rich baroque tradition and music of Varaždin, the festival of Varaždin Baroque Evenings was founded in 1968, holding its first festival event in 1971. Since 1986, the European Council of Culture based in Strasbourg has assumed patronage of the festival. Since the year 1992 the Festival has come under the patronage of the President of Croatia. The Varaždin Baroque Evenings have since that date been organised by the newly founded Concert Office of the Varaždin Town Council. The programme of “Baroque Evenings” is focused on research of both European and Croatian baroque music with a clear emphasis on the music genre of Varaždin. As a vibrant festival, it represents a combination of the visual arts, literature and gastronomical baroque treasures, taking place at the time of the yearly grape harvesting in this wine-rich area. 

 

Ravinia Festival

United States

Ravinia Festival
Ravinia Festival
Ravinia’s 2014 season, dubbed Summer of Love/Season of Stars, is brimming with talent and romance. The 2014 schedule brings some the biggest names in the world of music as well as repertoire that explores the theme of great love in its various manifestations. In fact, love lurks, longs and lingers across genres in most of the 
more than 130 events that Ravinia will present in 2014, its 110th year and its 78th as the summer residence of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. We've got stars on the stage and stars in the sky, and it's all within your reach.

 

Montreal Chamber Music Festival

Canada

Montréal Chamber Music Festival
Montréal Chamber Music Festival
MCMF is a worldwide event. The Festival is the first one of the cultural series in Montreal each summer. Since its creation, the Festival has welcomed many of the finest artists in the world. About 20 concerts take place in the intimate surroundings of St. George’s Church. To enlarge the scope and uniqueness of its programming, the Festival often integrates chamber music with other art forms such as dance, cinema, theatre and visual arts. Thematic programming and one-composer celebrations are also integral to our programming as are pre-concert lectures and meet-the-artists receptions. There is plenty for all taste. Live Music Now!

 

Grafenegg Festival

Austria

Grafenegg Festival © Alexander Haiden
Grafenegg Festival
© Alexander Haiden
The Grafenegg Festival is one of the major hotspots for international orchestral and musical culture. Every year, the world’s top musicians from all genres gather here and whisk audiences off into the wide world of music. In 2014 some of the best European, American and Asian orchestras are coming to Grafenegg; outstanding soloists and conductors join them to present hand-picked gems from the repertoire. The German composer and clarinettist Jörg Widmann is our guest as Composer in Residence and features on several evenings in both capacities. The chamber music Matinees on Sunday round off the first-class programme of events.

 

Versailles Festival

France

Versailles Festival © JC-N'Diaye
Versailles Festival
© JC-N'Diaye
The Versailles Festival returns to the most fascinating palace in the world in summer 2014, after three seasons marked by a great variety of emotions. Royal Voices: Handel in Roma is a series of concerts in the most beautiful rooms of the Château de Versailles: the Royal Opera, the Royal Chapel, the Hall of Mirrors, etc. The great baroque composer Georg Friedrich Handel takes central place in this 4th edition of the Versailles Festival. The Orangerie Nights includes two major open air performances in the magnificent Gardens of the Orangerie of the Château de Versailles and a new edition of The Grand Masked Ball.

 

Rheingau Music Festival

Germany

Rheingau Music Festival © Ansgar Klostermann
Rheingau Music Festival
© Ansgar Klostermann
The 27th Rheingau Music Festival will be held from 28 June to 13 September 2014.160 concerts will be held at 45 venues in the Rheingau and the adjoining regions. The principal venues are Eberbach Monastery, Johannisberg Palace and the Wiesbaden Assembly Rooms. Numerous castles, palaces, churches and wineries are included as venues with a regionally specific character, like the Lake Stage at Schloss Vollrads and the Steinberg below Eberbach Monastery. We have also gained new venues in the shape of the Kap Europa Congress Centre of the trade fair organisers Messe Frankfurt, the churches of St. Martinus in Hattersheim, Maria Hilf in Bad Soden-Neuenhain and the Oranier Memorial Church in Wiesbaden-Biebrich. Moreover, at the Westend Campus a benefit concert will be held to raise money for the Goethe University in Frankfurt am Main.

 

Reykjavík Arts Festival

Iceland

Reykjavík Arts Festival
Reykjavík Arts Festival
Reykjavík Arts Festival is an international, multi-disciplinary festival with a special focus on new commissions and the creative intersection of the arts. For two weeks every year it presents performances and exhibitions of contemporary and classical works to the widest possible audience in major cultural venues and unconventional space throughout the city. Since its inception in 1970, Reykjavík Arts Festival has invited artists from all parts of the globe to perform and exhibit their work at the festival, becoming a catalyst for the creation of new works and a major force in the development of cultural diversity in Iceland.   The festival takes place in late May and early June each year. This year the festival will take place between the 22nd of May and 5th of June.

 

Festival d'opéra de Québec

Canada

 

Sommets Musicaux de Gstaad

Switzerland

Sommets Musicaux de Gstaad © Miguel Bueno
Sommets Musicaux de Gstaad
© Miguel Bueno
Founded in 2001 the Sommets Musicaux de Gstaad are now considered as one of the leading winter festivals in Europe. The festival takes place every year at the end of January / beginning of February in the area of famous ski resort Gstaad in the Swiss Bernese Oberland.

Encouraging the future of classical music has always been very important to the event. Therefore every year, one of the young performers of the concert series held in the Gstaad Chapel is awarded the Prix Foundation Pro Scientia et Arte which allows him to record his first CD with Orchestra. Past prizewinners include Alexandra Soumm, Joseph Moog, Nicolas Altstaedt, Herman Wallén, Sophie Pacini, Berolina Trio, Emmanuel Ceysson and Pablo Ferrandez.

 

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