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Mozart's Requiem

Iván Fischer conducts the Budapest Festival Orchestra

Revered Hungarian conductor Iván Fischer and the Budapest Festival Orchestra have built one of the world’s most cherished musical partnerships, with Fischer’s intense, passionate direction matched by the orchestra’s thrilling, highly characterful performances, exquisitely blending its individual players’ distinctive sounds.

18 August 2015

Max Richter

Recomposed | Memoryhouse

Pioneering British musician Max Richter inhabits an indefinable realm between contemporary classical and indie pop, creating achingly gorgeous soundscapes that combine the icy purity of minimalist composers Steve Reich and Arvo Pärt with the richness of contemporary electronica.

24 August 2015

Budapest Festival Orchestra Soloists

Conductor Iván Fischer’s renowned Budapest Festival Orchestra is prized for the vivid, characterful performances of its individual musicians: here, respected soloists step out of the orchestra for three vibrant chamber works.

14 August 2015

The Marriage of Figaro

Budapest Festival Orchestra | Iván Fischer

Iván Fischer conducts and directs a specially staged concert of one of opera’s most beloved comic creations. 

13-16 August 2015

The Encounter

Complicite | Simon McBurney

“…my hand, groping around the universe, has torn a corner open… why did I tear the corner open, if I’m not prepared for the encounter?”

7-23 August 2015

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

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