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Here you can discover previous International Festival events

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

Budapest Festival Orchestra

One of central Europe’s most prestigious ensemble plays Bartók and Mahler.

26 August 2012

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

Martin Creed's Words and Music

An evening with Turner Prize-winner

Artist, musician and Turner Prize-winner Martin Creed invited you to a delightfully nonconformist evening of words, music and more, as he took up residence for the 2017 International Festival.

4-27 August 2017

Oresteia: This Restless House

Aeschylus / Citizens Theatre / Dominic Hill / Zinnie Harris

Award-winning playwright Zinnie Harris reimagines Aeschylus’s 2,500-year-old drama Oresteia in a blistering new version staged by Citizens Theatre and directed by Dominic Hall.

22-27 August 2017

Real Magic

Forced Entertainment / Tim Etchells

Forced Entertainment, the legendary Sheffield-based group, takes you on a hallucinatory journey, in a compelling performance about struggle, optimism and the desire for change.

22-27 August 2017

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