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Here you can discover previous International Festival events

Christine Brewer | Roger Vignoles

Includes Lieder by Schubert, Clara Schumann and Strauss, and a selection of 20th-century American songs

22 August 2015

MacMillan & Sibelius

Colin Currie makes his Festival debut

For composer James MacMillan, Scottish percussionist Colin Currie’s captivating playing combines accuracy, sensitivity and a real sense of emotion – alongside a deep musicality and natural showmanship.

14 August 2015

Dragon

Vox Motus | National Theatre of Scotland | Tianjin Children’s Art Theatre

Dragon is a story for adults, teenagers and children with vivid imaginations, told without words and featuring fast moving physical theatre, puppetry and original music.

14-16 August 2015

Vivaldi's The Four Seasons

Anne-Sophie Mutter plays Bach and Vivaldi

Anne-Sophie Mutter has for decades been revered as one of the world’s pre-eminent violinists, as respected for her invaluable education work and championing of new music as for her sparkling, searching performances.

26 August 2015

Round-Up

Songwriter Sufjan Stevens puts his expressive voice and exuberant orchestrations in the service of unabashed wonder at the world.

29 August 2015

Festival Insights: From Castlebrae with Love

A screening of a film produced by young people from Castlebrae Community High, inspired by King Creosote’s From Scotland with Love, as part of the Festival’s current arts residency at the school. 

15 August 2015

Alexi Murdoch

Featuring Alexi Murdoch, James McAlister, Stephen Moore and Richard Reed Parry 

27 August 2015

Magnetic Rose | Oneohtrix Point Never

Experimental American composer Daniel Lopatin (aka Oneohtrix Point Never) performs a new live soundtrack to accompany a screening of the Katsuhiro Otomo film Magnetic Rose. 

22 August 2015

Arcanto Quartet

Each of its players an eminent soloist in their own right – violinists Antje Weithaas and Daniel Sepec, violist Tabea Zimmermann and cellist Jean-Guihen Queyras – the remarkable Arcanto Quartet has risen rapidly since its founding in 2002 to a position as one of the world’s outstanding ensembles.

28 August 2015

Paul Bright's Confessions of a Justified Sinner

Reconstructed by Untitled Projects

In 1987, Paul Bright, a rebellious young Scottish director set out to stage James Hogg’s cult novel Confessions of a Justified Sinner in a series of radical productions across Scotland. 

19-22 August 2015

Rudolf Buchbinder: Beethoven Sonatas - Concert 9

Celebrated Austrian pianist Rudolf Buchbinder has been performing complete cycles of the Beethoven piano sonatas since the 1970s, and has been widely acclaimed for his remarkable technical abilities, his exquisite taste and his astonishing, sometimes provocative insights into what form one of the greatest bodies of music ever composed.

26 August 2015

Rudolf Buchbinder: Beethoven Sonatas - Concert 8

Celebrated Austrian pianist Rudolf Buchbinder has been performing complete cycles of the Beethoven piano sonatas since the 1970s, and has been widely acclaimed for his remarkable technical abilities, his exquisite taste and his astonishing, sometimes provocative insights into what form one of the greatest bodies of music ever composed.

25 August 2015

The Opening Concert

Pappano conducts Italian operatic and choral masterpieces

The fiery drama of Italian operatic and choral treasures launches the Edinburgh International Festival’s 2016 Usher Hall concerts, in the first of a two-concert residency from Rome’s world-renowned Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia under Music Director Sir Antonio Pappano.

6 August 2016

Lang Lang in Recital

Bach, Tchaikovsky and Chopin

Combining poetry and pyrotechnics, intensity and introspection, pianist Lang Lang is one of classical music’s global stars, held in awe for his unashamedly flamboyant performances yet equally renowned for his insights and fresh perspectives.

21 August 2015

Angela Hewitt

Thoughtful and sensitive, yet vigorous and powerful, Canadian-born pianist Angela Hewitt is a major figure among world-class pianists, praised equally for her light-footed accounts of Baroque music, especially Bach, and the sparkling energy of her performances of more recent music.

13 August 2015

Rudolf Buchbinder: Beethoven Sonatas - Concert 1

Celebrated Austrian pianist Rudolf Buchbinder has been performing complete cycles of the Beethoven piano sonatas since the 1970s, and has been widely acclaimed for his remarkable technical abilities, his exquisite taste and his astonishing, sometimes provocative insights into what form one of the greatest bodies of music ever composed.

8 August 2015

Rudolf Buchbinder: Beethoven Sonatas - Concert 2

Celebrated Austrian pianist Rudolf Buchbinder has been performing complete cycles of the Beethoven piano sonatas since the 1970s, and has been widely acclaimed for his remarkable technical abilities, his exquisite taste and his astonishing, sometimes provocative insights into what form one of the greatest bodies of music ever composed.

9 August 2015

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Ex Machina | Robert Lepage

Legendary director, playwright and ‘visual wizard’ (New York Times), Robert Lepage returns to Edinburgh to perform the European premiere of his new work.

13-23 August 2015

San Francisco Symphony 01

Michael Tilson Thomas conducts Mahler

Conductor Michael Tilson Thomas and the San Francisco Symphony have an acclaimed musical partnership stretching back two decades, and bringing together colour, power and beguiling elegance in their exceptional music-making. They bring two potent programmes contrasting American classics and compelling Romantic symphonies for their Festival residency.

27 August 2015

Aberdeen Standard Investments Opening Event Five Telegrams

Aberdeen Standard Investments Opening Event: Five Telegrams

Leith Theatre Copy 1

Light on the Shore with Edinburgh Gin Seaside