Istanbul Music Festival themed on population exchange

The Istanbul Music Festival has been a cornerstone of Türkiye's classical music calendar. With its lineups of esteemed artists and versatile selection, the festival draws in audiences of all backgrounds.

This year's edition, to be held from May 21 to June 12, is built around the theme of Roots, commemorating the tragic historical event of the population exchange between Türkiye and Greece in its 100th year, while focusing on the interconnected roots of the people of these lands. This commemoration holds profound cultural significance, particularly within the realm of music, showcasing the festival's commitment to honoring heritage through artistic expression. 

Moreover, with a series of performances celebrating the 100th anniversary of Türkiye's diplomatic relations with Hungary and the Netherlands, the festival will encompass intricate narratives in music, woven by history and tradition.

Budapest Festival Orchestra, listed among the world's top-10 by Gramophone, and pianist Francesco Piemontesi, renowned especially for his mastery of German Classical and Romantic repertoire, join forces for a thrilling all-Brahms evening at the Atatürk Cultural Center.

One of the greatest musicians of our time, Maria João Pires returns to the festival for a legendary rendition of the Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 3 and complemented by the distinguished chamber orchestra Festival Strings Lucerne, promises to be a highlight of the entire season. Lütfi Kırdar International Convention and Exhibition Centre is set to host the event.

Borusan Istanbul Philharmonic Orchestra (BIPO) joins forces with the Hungarian National Choir and four of the most prominent singers of the younger generation to deliver a powerful program at Atatürk Cultural Center.


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