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Ballett Zürich

Wayne McGregor | Christian Spuck

Ballett Zürich, one of Europe’s leading ensembles, presents a captivating double bill featuring works by their artistic director Christian Spuck and multi-award-winning British choreographer Wayne McGregor.

27-29 August 2015


Fanfare aims to capture this spirit of community by inviting everyone in the city to experience the joy of brass band music together.

23 August 2015

San Francisco Symphony 02

Tchaikovsky Symphony No 5

Featuring Yuja Wang on piano.

28 August 2015

From Scotland with Love | King Creosote

Love and loss, war, resistance, emigration, work and play – but most of all, Scotland, in a film that brings out not only the vividness of the past in the present but also very much the personal. 

14-15 August 2015

The Rake's Progress

Sir Andrew Davis conducts Stravinsky

Which is more important: love or money? If you had to decide between a humdrum life of blissful ignorance, or power, riches, danger and risk, which would you choose?

12 August 2015

Murmel Murmel

Volksbühne, Berlin | Herbert Fritsch | Dieter Roth

In 2012 actor and director Herbert Fritsch caused a sensation at Berlin’s Volksbühne Theatre with his sumptuous and hilarious staging of what was considered an unstagable work. 

28-30 August 2015

Leonidas Kavakos | Yuja Wang

Two of today’s most charismatic and accomplished musicians come together for a Festival recital surveying the rich, thoughtful violin sonatas of Brahms.

26 August 2015

Festival Insights: Antigone again and again

Chaired by Professor Dorothy Miell, Vice Principal and Head of the College of Humanities and Social Science.

11 August 2015

Anna Calvi and Heritage Orchestra

Critically acclaimed star Anna Calvi gives a special concert with the innovative and eclectic Heritage Orchestra, conducted by Jules Buckley. 

18-21 August 2015

Noseda Conducts Mahler

Diana Damrau and Nicolas Testé sing Verdi

Diana Damrau joins respected bass-baritone Nicolas Testé and the exceptional young players of the European Union Youth Orchestra, under conductor Gianandrea Noseda

25 August 2015

James Gilchrist

Eastern-inspired vocal works by Britten, Lennox Berkeley and Sally Beamish come together in this richly coloured recital from respected British tenor James Gilchrist. 

20 August 2015

Rudolf Buchbinder: Beethoven Sonatas - Concert 7

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.

18 August 2015

Trio Zimmermann

The ensemble praised for its ravishing sound and commanding performances returns to the International Festival

13 August 2012

Le Concert Spirituel

Written to uplift and inspire, the Mass in 40 Parts by Italian composer Alessandro Striggio is one of the Renaissance’s grandest, most sumptuous choral works.

11 August 2015

En avant, marche!

les ballets C de la B | NTGent | Alain Platel | Frank Van Laecke

Alain Platel, the trailblazing founder and director of Belgian contemporary dance collective les ballets C de la B, makes his Edinburgh debut in a new music theatre work created with stage director Frank Van Laecke.

24-25 August 2015

Sarah Connolly | Malcolm Martineau

Songs and Lieder by Schoenberg, Zemlinsky, Debussy, Poulenc, Korngold, Strauss and Eisler.

17 August 2015

Richard Egarr

Charismatic British keyboard player and conductor Richard Egarr is one of the world’s pre-eminent authorities on period performance, yet he tempers his expert erudition with the sheer verve of his vivid, sometimes provocative performances, bursting with fresh vitality and a sense of adventure.

18 August 2015

Young People's Lecture - Colin Currie

In this unique opportunity for young audiences, percussionist Colin Currie, the Young Musician’s Passport Ambassador, gives the 2015 Edinburgh International Festival Young People’s Lecture. 

21 August 2015

Rameau & Charpentier

Vivid storytelling from Médée and Les Boréades

From sorcery and bloody revenge to mortal love triumphing over divine decree: John Butt conducts abridged versions of two seldom-heard operatic masterpieces from the French Baroque.

10 August 2015

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