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Here you can discover previous International Festival events

François Leleux & Eric Le Sage

Charismatic oboist in recital

Charismatic oboist combining a distinctively dramatic sound with a sparkling, sly wit is joined by his music collaborator famed for the spontaneity and freshness of his pianism.

16 August 2017

René Pape & Camillo Radicke

Songs by Beethoven, Dvořák & Musorgsky

One of the world’s leading basses and his regular pianist collaborator present a recital of songs by Beethoven, Dvořák and Musorgsky.

14 August 2017

Gringolts Quartet

Plays Brahms, Haydn & Widmann

Led by international violin soloist Ilya Gringolts, the quartet plays Brahms, Haydn and Widmann.

12 August 2017

Seong-Jin Cho

Scintillating passion, drama and serenity

Winner of the 2015 International Fryderyk Chopin Piano Competition makes his International Festival debut with a scintillating programme of Chopin’s Ballades and Beethoven’s sonatas.

11 August 2017

Karen Cargill & Simon Lepper

Intimate French song

Much-loved Scottish mezzo soprano and her regular recital partner explore sophisticated French song through the ages.

10 August 2017

Mikhail Pletnev

Great Russian pianist in recital

A rare chance to experience an intimate piano recital from a great Russian virtuoso pianist, compelling pianist and respected musical thinker.

9 August 2017

Apollon Musagète Quartet

Electrifying Polish quartet

Electrifying Polish quartet present a recital of works by Puccini, Mozart and Grieg, conveying their lively, fresh, energetic style.

8 August 2017

Christian Tetzlaff & Leif Ove Andsnes

Play Mozart, Sibelius & Shostakovich

Two of today’s most accomplished soloists present a typically wide-ranging, distinctively individual recital of works by Mozart, Sibelius and Shostakovich

7 August 2017

Dunedin Consort

A new Monteverdi discovery

One of the most respected early music groups brings the modern-day premiere of a recently rediscovered work by Claudio Monteverdi and Heinrich Schütz.

5 August 2017

Filarmonica della Scala 2

Riccardo Chailly directs vivid Italian musicality

The sumptuous splendours and vivid colours of Italian music bring the two-concert residency to a dazzling close, under vibrant Music Director Riccardo Chailly.

27 August 2017

Filarmonica della Scala 1

Riccardo Chailly directs vivid Italian musicality

Riccardo Chailly and the orchestra of Milan’s world-renowned opera house La Scala look to Eastern Europe and beyond for the first of two concerts.

26 August 2017

Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra

Bernstein, Copland & Brahms

Two muscular celebrations of America launch a powerful programme featuring works of Bernstein, Copland and Brahms.

25 August 2017

Joshua Bell Plays Bruch

Plus Beethoven’s Pastoral Symphony

Superstar US violinist and Academy of St Martin in the Fields in two bracing musical visions of wide open spaces and the wonders of nature.

24 August 2017

Mariinsky & RSNO

Two great orchestras come together

Only at the International Festival could you experience two of the world’s finest orchestras in a single concert.

23 August 2017

Verdi's Requiem

Italian choral blockbuster

Gianandrea Noseda and Orchestra and Chorus Teatro Regio Torino presented the Italian choral blockbuster of staggering power, bringing all the drama of the opera house to the concert hall.

22 August 2017

La Damnation de Faust

Spectacular choral extravaganza

Dancing skeletons, drunken rats and a wild, reckless ride to damnation: just some of the unforgettable evocations in Berlioz’s visionary and epic musical retelling of the Faust legend.

20 August 2017

Festival Firsts

MacMillan conducts MacMillan

To celebrate the International Festival’s 70th anniversary, Sir James MacMillan conducted three masterpieces of 20th-century music which received their premieres at the International Festival.

19 August 2017

Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra

Edward Gardner conducts and Paul Lewis plays Grieg

Visionary British pianist Paul Lewis joined the orchestra conducted by Edward Gardner for Grieg’s Piano Concerto, one of the classical music’s most cherished works.

12 August 2017

Elgar's King Olaf

Sir Andrew Davis conducts the Philharmonia Orchestra

Sir Andrew Davis conducted the Philharmonia Orchestra joined by a trio of exceptional international soloists and the Edinburgh Festival Chorus for this stirring choral spectacular.

11 August 2017

Bryn Terfel & Malcolm Martineau

Schubert, Britten & Brahms

Superstar of the opera and concert stage in a recital combining tender Lieder by Schubert with the compelling passions of songs by high Romantic Brahms.

9 August 2017

Aberdeen Standard Investments Opening Event Five Telegrams

Aberdeen Standard Investments Opening Event: Five Telegrams

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Light on the Shore with Edinburgh Gin Seaside