46TH ISTANBUL MUSIC FESTIVAL BEGINS Istanbul Music Festival, organised by the Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts (İKSV), will be held between May 23 and June 12.

The theme of the festival, which has been drawing different generations together with music for 46 years, is "Family Bonds", this year. Offering a rich programme built around this theme, the festival invites everyone to trail the music among families, to remember their own musical experiences, and to explore new ones.

The 46th Istanbul Music Festival opens with the festival’s Resident Orchestra, Borusan Istanbul Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of its music director Sascha Goetzel and a young soloist, the first South Korean winner of the 2017 XV. Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, Yekwon Sunwoo. The opening ceremony and concert of the 46th Istanbul Music Festival will take place at Lütfi Kırdar Convention and Exhibition Centre on 23 May, at 19:00.

One of the world's leading orchestras, Filarmonica della Scala will be at the festival with conductor Daniel Harding and Grammy Award-winning pianist Daniil Trifonov. The last visit of La Scala to the festival was in 2009.

The festival salutes Istanbul - the capital of three empires where many cultures have intertwined throughout history - with special concerts at the Grand Bazaar and Sirkeci Terminal, as well the Music Route that is headed to the city’s oldest neighbourhoods Galata and Karaköy.

Melodies of Istanbul concert will be held at the Grand Bazaar, which hosts the Istanbul Music Festival for the first time last year, and will feature some of the best examples of Turkish music, Hebrew lullabies, Syriac hymns, Sephardic songs, and folk music from Macedonia, Greece, and Armenia.

The concert at the Sirkeci Terminal, entitled Songs of Istanbul will take the audience back to the old Istanbul in the first half of the 1900’s. Here, the audience will have a chance to listen songs from republican era such as Gül Tango, Yıldızların Altında, Üsküdar’a Gider İken, and Cici Beyim.

The Music Route, which will be organised for the third time in the festival, will take listeners on a musical journey where one can explore the hidden beauties of Istanbul in Galata and Karaköy. The Music Route's stops this year are the Italian Synagogue, St. Georg Church, St. Peter and Paul Church, and Ashkenaz Synagogue where each concert will offer repertoires specially chosen to suit the spirit of the venue.

For further information: http://muzik.iksv.org/en