Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts (IFCA) by the Republic of Turkey Ministry of Culture and Tourism organized with the support of 48 Istanbul Music Festival, Tekfen Philharmonic Orchestra and began with the Opening Concert Emre Engin. It can be watched online for free on IKSV’s YouTube channel.
The festival will meet with music lovers this year between September 18 – October 5, 2020. The festival concerts, organized within the framework of this year’s theme Beethoven’s Enlightened World. Will be shot in historical venues in Istanbul, Ankara and various cities of Europe.
Opening Concert by Tekfen Philharmonic Orchestra and violinist Emre Engin
The 48th Istanbul Music Festival opened with the Tekfen Philharmonic Orchestra, the festival’s 2019-2022 Opening Concert Orchestra. The concert under the baton of Aziz Shokhakimov, with violinist Emre Engin as the soloist, featured works by Beethoven, Mozart, Prokofiev, and Bartok. Filmed at the Boğaziçi University South Campus in July, the concert was attended by a limited number of İKSV’s Tulip Card members in line with the COVID-19 measures.
The online concert was preceded by the opening speech of the Chairman of İKSV Bülent Eczacıbaşı and Istanbul Music Festival Director Efruz Çakırkaya, followed by the introductions of this year’s festival award recipients . Festival’s Honorary Award was presented to musicologist and music writer Ahmet Say and The Aydın Gün Encouragement Award for 2019 was presented to young violinist Elvin Hoxha Ganiyev.
First week at the festival
Streaming On: Saturday, 19 September 2020 at 20.00 – Monday, 19 October 2020 at 20.00
Istanbul Music Festival’s blockbuster series, Music Route takes you on another musical excursion that transcends time and space – and this year, from the comfort of your home.
WEEKEND CLASSICS – I: MIAM PERCUSSION
Streaming On: Sunday, 20 September 2020 at 11.00 – Tuesday, 20 October 2020 at 11.00
The Weekend Classics series that has so far offered a musical start to your weekends with your family and friends in a relaxed open-air atmosphere. This year provides you with a light-spirited concert that you can enjoy with your family at home.
FESTIVAL ENCOUNTER: EVCİL & KOCABEYLER
Streaming On: Monday, 21 September 2020 at 20.00 – Wednesday, 21 October 2020 at 20.00
The Festival Encounters series offers another one-off experience, this time with Bülent Evcil and Merve Kocabeyler who will join forces for the first time for a magical evening at the nearly 1,600 years old Theodosius Cistern.
FESTIVAL ORCHESTRA & CEM MANSUR
Streaming On: Tuesday, 22 September 2020 at 20.00 – Thursday, 22 October 2020 at 20.00
The Festival Orchestra makes its debut under the baton of Cem Mansur with a lyrical programme that will soothe the soul.
TEKFEN PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA & ANNA TIFU
Streaming On: Saturday, 26 September 2020 at 20.00 – Monday, 26 October 2020 at 20.00
‘Hypnotic and magical’ Italian violin virtuoso Anna Tifu performs her ‘highly seductive interpretation of Chausson’s Poème while the Tekfen Philharmonic also renders Brahms’ 1st Symphony, under the baton of its artistic director Aziz Shokhakimov.
PASTORALE ALLA TURCA
Streaming On: Sunday, 27 September 2020 at 20.00 – Tuesday, 27 October 2020 at 20.00
This concert featuring the world premiere of Erdener’s Nonet Pastoral ‘alla turca’, which interweaves Beethoven’s Pastoral with themes from Ottoman composers, is part of the Beethoven Pastoral Project run within the scope of.