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H.M.S. Pinafore

Gilbert & Sullivan’s classic comic opera

Gilbert and Sullivan’s sparkling nautical comic opera, in a special concert performance led by respected historical performance expert Richard Egarr.

23 August 2015

Stravinsky's The Rite of Spring

Valery Gergiev conducts the London Symphony Orchestra

The Festival’s Honorary President, Valery Gergiev, and the outstanding London Symphony Orchestra bring the Festival’s Usher Hall concerts to a thrilling conclusion with music by two of the 20th century’s most dazzling, vibrant composers.

30 August 2015

Iestyn Davies & Ensemble Guadagni

York-born Iestyn Davies has rapidly established himself as one of the world’s great countertenors, and indeed one of today’s finest singers of any range.

19 August 2015

FFS

Franz Ferdinand & Sparks

Two iconic bands join forces in a bold, new creative endeavour and the fruits of this seemingly unlikely musical idea have finally been born. Franz Ferdinand and Sparks have become FFS.

24 August 2015

All Rise – A Joyful Elegy for Fats Waller | Jason Moran

A heartfelt and affectionate take on the music of Fats Waller, the ebullient, larger-than-life pianist, singer and comic genius whose music acted as a door that opened straight onto the 1930s dance floor.

13-14 August 2015

Lanark

Citizens Theatre | David Greig | Graham Eatough | Alasdair Gray

A young man arrives in a dying city with seashells in his pockets. He doesn’t know who he is, or how he got here. He goes by the only name he can think of: Lanark.

23-31 August 2015

Robert Glasper Trio

Robert Glasper, pianist, bandleader, composer and producer, combines the language of the jazz mainstream with a command of the urban music landscape. 

10-11 August 2015

Rudolf Buchbinder: Beethoven Sonatas - Concert 3

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.

10 August 2015

Nash Ensemble

Revered for its immaculate, hugely expressive performances blending thoughtfulness with enthusiastic energy, the Nash Ensemble is one of Britain’s most celebrated chamber groups, its players respected soloists in their own rights as well as consummate chamber musicians.

8 August 2015

Sufjan Stevens

To celebrate the release of his forth coming album Carrie & Lowell, Sufjan Stevens will play a special European tour date at the Edinburgh International Festival.

30 August 2015

Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra 01

Vasily Petrenko conducts Grieg's Peer Gynt

Energetic, commanding, sometimes controversial: Russian conductor Vasily Petrenko has created glittering, powerful performances since taking the reins as the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra’s Chief Conductor in 2013.

15 August 2015

Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra 02

Nicola Benedetti performs Glazunov

Celebrated Scottish violinist Nicola Benedetti joins the Oslo Philharmonic and Vasily Petrenko for their second Festival concert, playing the brilliant and unashamedly Romantic Violin Concerto by Glazunov. 

16 August 2015

Symphonie Fantastique

Sir John Eliot Gardiner conducts Berlioz

Sir John Eliot Gardiner is one of the most revered British figures in the world of historical performance, shining fresh new light on well-loved classics in performances that return them to the sounds and musical approaches that their composers originally intended.

13 August 2015

Festival Insights: Chilly Gonzales and the Kaiser Quartett

In a lecture demonstration Chilly Gonzales explores the musical theories behind his own songs and timeless compositions from the classical, jazz and pop repertoire. 

9 August 2015

Family Concert

Scottish Chamber Orchestra Players

The Virgin Money Fireworks Concert paints a picture in the Edinburgh evening sky using music and pyrotechnics and this innovative Family Concert uses digital technology to create a joyful and playful bridge between live music and light.

30 August 2015

Wave Movements

Composers Richard Reed Parry and Bryce Dessner, also members of rock bands Arcade Fire and The National respectively, take as inspiration the different wave cycles of the world’s oceans in a work for string orchestra and film. 

28 August 2015

Rudolf Buchbinder: Beethoven Sonatas - Concert 5

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.

13 August 2015

Rudolf Buchbinder: Beethoven Sonatas - Concert 4

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.

12 August 2015

Zehetmair Quartet

The string quartet founded by exceptional solo violinist Thomas Zehetmair in 1994 has been praised worldwide for its vivid, invigorating performances – played entirely from memory – that are alive to the music’s details, yet full of a fresh, questing spirit.

27 August 2015

Virgin Money Fireworks Concert

Kristiina Poska conducts the Scottish Chamber Orchestra

Join the City of Edinburgh in a celebration of summer festivals, inspirational music and breathtaking fireworks as the Virgin Money Fireworks Concert brings the 2016 Edinburgh International Festival to a resplendent conclusion.

29 August 2016

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