The festival will run between 18 September and 5 October 2020

Istanbul Music Festival

Tophane-i Amire Culture and Art Centre, one of the venues for this year’s festival
Photo: Poyraz Tutuncu

The 48th Istanbul Music Festival is to run online between 18 September and 5 October 2020. Curated around this year’s theme, The Enlightened World of Beethoven, the festival concerts filmed at historical venues in Istanbul, Ankara and various cities of Europe will be available for streaming on

Participating ensembles include the Borusan Istanbul Philharmonic Orchestra, Tekfen Philharmonic Orchestra, Wiener Akademie, Bilkent Symphony Orchestra, Kheops Ensemble, Philharmonix, Beethoven Trio Berlin, Borusan Quartet and Semplice Quartet.

Among the soloists are Thomas Hampson, Víkingur Ólafsson, Benjamin Schmid, Anna Tifu, Bülent Evcil, Derya Türkan, Yurdal Tokcan, Gökhan Aybulus, Ezgi Karakaya, and Pelin Halkacı Akın.

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Meanwhile, the concert venues include the Theodosius Cistern, Palace of the Porphyrogenitus, Khedive Palace, Tophane-i Amire Culture and Art Centre, Harbiye Saint Esprit Cathedral, Surp Ohan Vosgeperan Armenian Catholic Church and the Süreyya Opera House in Istanbul, and the Abbaye de Stavelot in Belgium, Wonderfeel Festival Site in the Netherlands, and Schubertkirche in Austria.