Forthcoming classical music festivals, summer schools, master classes and competitions

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Rossini Opera Festival
11-23 August 2019, Pesaro, Italy

Dartington International Summer School and Festival
27 July — 24 August 2019, Devon, United Kingdom

Festival Vaduz Classic
22-25 August 2019, Vaduz, Liechtenstein

9th International choir and orchestra festival in Paris
21-25 August 2019, Paris, France

Edinburgh International Festival
2-26 August 2019, Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Presteigne Festival
22-27 August 2019, Powys, United Kingdom

Based in border marches country between England and Wales, the Presteigne Festival's six music-filled days span the August Bank Holiday period. Established over thirty years ago, the Festival has a long tradition of supporting young artists and for presenting a fresh and individually stylised mix of contemporary works carefully balanced with twentieth century classics and featuring a wide range of music from the standard repertoire.

Bayreuth Festival
25 July — 28 August 2019, Bayreuth, Germany

When Richard Wagner sketched his ideas for a festival in 1850, his initial thoughts were of a venue in Zurich or Weimar, and later Munich. Twenty years later Hans Richter drew him to a vacant opera house in the city of Bayreuth. Wagner liked the city, but the building was unsuitable for performances of The Ring. It took until 13 August 1876, when a new opera house had finally been built, for the first Bayreuth Festival to begin.

In 2019 there will be performances of Tannhäuser, Lohengrin, Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, Parsifal and Tristan und Isolde.

Chigiana International Festival and Summer Academy
8 July — 31 August 2019, Tuscany, Italy

Salzburg Summer Festival
20 July — 31 August 2019, Salzburg, Austria

The opening premiere will be Mozart's Idomeneo. Here, the ruler - torn between duty to the gods and love for his family - is forced to deliberate and take action. This contrasts with the awareness lacked by the title character of George Enescu's opera Oedipe: he becomes guilty without fault. Family conflicts and political disputes also appear in the gripping plot of Verdi's Simon Boccanegra, a work which recalls the fateful intricacies familiar to us from the great mythic tales of humanity's ancient past.

Helsinki Festival
15 August — 1 September 2019, Helsinki, Finland

Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival
6 July — 1 September 2019, Schleswig-Holstein, Germany

A classical music festival held each summer throughout the state of Schleswig-Holstein in Northern Germany, founded in 1986 by German concert pianist Justus Frantz. Janine Jansen is artist-in-residence, and the 2019 composer retrospective is Johann Sebastian Bach.

Riga-Jurmala Music Festival
19 July — 1 September 2019, Riga, Latvia

With concerts taking place in the historic cities of Riga and Jurmala, the Riga Jurmala Music Festival features four weekends throughout the summer. A leading international orchestra and conductor anchor each weekend, offering a range of symphonic concerts and recitals that feature leading stars and young up-and-coming talent.

Chamber Music, Master Classes and Concerto Competition
30 August — 3 September 2019, Budapest, Hungary

New Millennium International Chamber Music Festival & Master Classes
30 August – 3 September 2019
Budapest, HUNGARY

Application deadline: 1 August 2019

Violin | Miranda Liu
Cello | Bartosz Koziak
Piawno | Georgy Tchaidze
Flute | Noémi Győri
Clarinet | Csaba Klenyán
Harp | Klára Bábel
Chamber Music | Judit Szabó
Piano Accompanist | Mira Nagy

BBC Proms
19 July — 14 September 2019, London, United Kingdom

Bartók World Piano Competition
7-15 September 2019, Budapest, Hungary

The competition is open to pianists of all nationalities, aged maximum 32 years ( born on or after 7 September 1987).

It is divided into a qualifying round by video, and four live competition rounds (Preliminary, Semi-final, Final, Grand Final) held at the Liszt Ferenc Academy of Music. A maximum of 40 candidates enter the Preliminary, 12 contestants take part in the semi-final, 6 candidates qualify for the Final, and 3 finalists pass through to the Grand Final. The competition ends with a Gala Concert including the prize giving ceremony.

The entire live competition is open to the public, and will be broadcast (by video streaming and/or television and radio) from the Liszt Academy. Applicants to the Bartók World Competition give their consent to these recordings and broadcasting by their application.

Kálmán Dráfi (H)
Andrei Korobeinikov (RUS)
Klara Min (ROK-USA)
Alexandre Moutouzkine (RUS-USA)
Einar Steen-Nøkleberg (N)
Mūza Rubackytė (LT)
Tibor Tallián (H)
Tamás Vásáry (H)
Kenji Watanabe (J)

1st prize 30000 EUR
2nd prize 20000 EUR
3rd prize 10000 EUR

Application deadline: 30 April 2019

Festival Maribor
10-19 September 2019, Maribor, Slovenia

Enescu Festival
1-23 September 2019, Bucharest, Romania

NTD 5th International Piano Competition
26-28 September 2019, New York, United States of America

Registration is currently open for the 2019 NTD 5th International Piano Competition

The Cumnock Tryst
3-6 October 2019, East Ayrshire, United Kingdom

Founded by composer Sir James MacMillan, The Cumnock Tryst brings some of the world's greatest musicians into local venues, churches and halls, with the community at the heart of all of its activities.

Details about the 2019 Festival will be announced late Spring 2019.

Cotheridge Arts Festival
4-6 October 2019, Worcestershire, United Kingdom

To include an art exhibition, food, string, choral, organ and piano music in a twelfth century church near Worcester.

Hong Kong International Piano Competition and Joy of Music Festival
7-24 October 2019, Hong Kong, China

Reate Festival
28 September — 17 November 2019, Lazio, Italy

Huntington Estate Music Festival
16-24 November 2019, New South Wales, Australia

Thirtieth and final festival

Performers will include Alexander Gavrylyuk, Isabelle Moretti, Maxim Rysanov, the Australian String Quartet, Andrew Goodwin, Aura Go, Ian Munro, Arcadia Winds, the Goldner String Quartet, and Trio Marvin.

Montreal Bach Festival
22 November — 7 December 2019, Montreal, Canada

29 April — 3 May 2020, Hohenems, Austria

4-7 June 2020, Hohenems, Austria

20-28 June 2020, Schwarzenberg, Austria

Buxton International Festival
3-22 July 2020, Derbyshire, United Kingdom

Three Choirs Festival
25 July — 1 August 2020, Worcester, United Kingdom

22-30 August 2020, Schwarzenberg, Austria

1-6 October 2020, Hohenems, Austria

Fryderyck Chopin Piano Competition
2-23 October 2020, Warsaw, Poland

This Competition was born of the need to sustain familiarity with the music of Fryderyk Chopin and to perpetuate the piano playing tradition that was characteristic of his style. Today, when the Competition is organised on such a huge scale, attracting the greatest pianistic talent internationally, and Chopin's music is enjoying the kind of popularity and recognition afforded virtually no other composer, it is hard to believe that after the First World War, just ninety years or so ago, Chopin's works were being played increasingly rarely and were disappearing from music school curricula.


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