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

Welcome to our growing list of international events. If yours is missing, you can add it here.


International Competition for Young Pianists in Memory of Vladimir Horowitz
16-24 April 2019, Kiev, Ukraine

Leeds Lieder Festival
25-28 April 2019, West Yorkshire, United Kingdom

Leeds Lieder was founded in 2004 by Jane Anthony in partnership with a group of individuals and Leeds College of Music, to promote the enjoyment, understanding, appreciation, composition and performance
of art-song.

MRF Music Festivals: choirs and orchestras
1-5 May 2019, Costa Barcelona, Spain

8th International choir and orchestra festival in Calella on the Costa Barcelona (Spain).

Astana Piano Passsion
12-18 May 2019, Astana, Kazakhstan

London Festival of Contemporary Church Music
11-19 May 2019, London, United Kingdom

The London Festival of Contemporary Church Music was founded in 2002 with the aim of showcasing contemporary liturgical music in both service and concert. Based at St Pancras Parish Church, London, the LFCCM has grown to include more than 70 events in venues across London and beyond, dozens of composers, hundreds of performers and thousands of audience members, both live and online, showcasing the very best in contemporary liturgical music for choir and organ.

Aurora Cantat
15-19 May 2019, Karlovac, Croatia

This third international choral competition is aimed at youth and adult singing groups and choirs, whichever type or style of music they perform - classical, sacred, folkloristic or popular. The competition is open to all amateur, church and school choirs, folk companies, the singers of which must be over fifteen years of age.

Colorado MahlerFest XXXII
13-19 May 2019, Colorado, United States of America

One day in the 1970s, Robert Olson was reading a Mahler biography while sitting at the shore of Lake Dillon near Breckenridge, Colorado - a favorite spot framed by the magnificent 14,000 foot peaks of the Rockies.

Olsen had studied conducting with Hans Swarowsky in Vienna, where he had been deeply moved by the funeral march from Mahler's Symphony No 5 played at the Austrian president's funeral.

Olsen realized that this beautiful Colorado landscape was not unlike Mahler's summertime composing environs, and it was then that he conceived the Colorado MahlerFest.

Brixworth Music Festival
10-19 May 2019, Northamptonshire, United Kingdom

Venezia Music Festival 2019
22-26 May 2019, Venice, Italy

10th International festival of choirs and orchestras in Venice and Jesolo, organised by MRF Music Festivals

Festival del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino
2 May — 2 June 2019, Florence, Italy

Festival of Songs
28 May — 2 June 2019, Olomouc, Czech Republic

International Choir Festival of Songs Olomouc was established in 1972 under the name Festival of Children's Choirs Olomouc. Since its beginning, the festival has been annually held by a traditional regional project. The name Festival of Songs came to be in 1977; at first it used to be strictly a platform for get-togethers of children's choirs through shows and concerts. In 1987, the international singing competition Iuventus Mundi Cantant saw the light of day; later, in 2002, it was restructured and renamed as international singing choir competition Mundi Cantant. Since 1987, the competition has been open to all categories of choirs.

Elgar Festival
30 May — 2 June 2019, Worcester, United Kingdom

The official celebration of the life and music of Edward Elgar, based in his home town of Worcester with activities spanning Elgar Country, and held annually during the weekend closest to his birthday (2 June 1857). Combines symphonic and string orchestra concerts by the festival's orchestra-in-residence, the English Symphony Orchestra, with chamber concerts, choral concerts, recitals, outdoor concerts, plays, exhibits and talks.

Bergen International Festival
22 May — 5 June 2019, Bergen, Norway

Salzburg Whitsun Festival
7-10 June 2019, Salzburg, Austria

Cecilia Bartoli: 'I will pay homage to the castrati at the 2019 Salzburg Whitsun Festival. Being a festival of music, I would also like to focus on the moment of artistic climax and, in a way, the beginning of the end of the castrato craze in classical music history. I hope to show how castrati made such a huge impact on music lovers of the day, through their music and their singing.'

Holland Festival
31 May — 19 June 2019, Amsterdam, Netherlands

Since 1947 the Holland Festival is the leading international performing arts festival in the Netherlands. The festival offers a broad scope of international performing arts with a mix of performances and concerts from all corners of the world. The festival features established names as well as new talent, showing innovation in art and exploring new types of venue and forms of theatre. The Holland Festival's tradition of innovation is further expanded by opening the festival up, for instance by staging performances, concerts and events in public spaces.

St Magnus International Festival
21-27 June 2019, Orkney, United Kingdom

East Neuk Festival
26-30 June 2019, Fife, United Kingdom

Classical, jazz, world music and al fresco art on the Fife coast, in quirky, atmospheric and special venues, from churches, halls, an ex-nuclear bunker, caves, an RAF base and a Scout hut to stately homes and gardens ...

The heart of the ENF is intimate chamber music, but the festival is eclectic: world, jazz, folk, contemporary, early, choral and electronica all have their places. ENF has also commissioned films, exhibitions, public art and installations and literature events.

5th International choir and orchestra festival in Budapest
26-30 June 2019, Budapest, Hungary

West Cork Chamber Music Festival
28 June — 7 July 2019, County Cork, Ireland

'There's something to be said about chamber music played in a real chamber. A chamber, in fact, that was already elderly when most of the music was written ... The chamber, in actuality, the library of the elegant Bantry House was the setting, and the entirety was magnificent.' - Kelly Ferjutz at the 2007 West Cork Chamber Music Festival

Spoleto Festival dei Due Mondi
28 June — 14 July 2019, Spoleto, Italy

Spoleto's 'Festival of the Two Worlds', an annual international music, art and culture event, was founded in 1958 by Italian composer Gian Carlo Menotti. Menotti was artistic director of the festival until the mid-1990s, when he handed over the reigns to his adopted son, Francis Menotti. But as soon as Gian Carlo Menotti died in 2007, there were various legal wrangles about the festival's future, and Francis eventually had to give up attempting to reclaim it from a group of people including Italian film and theatre director Giorgio Ferrara, who was assigned as the new artistic director by the Italian government.

11th International festival of choirs and orchestras in Tuscany (Italy)
17-21 July 2019, Tuscany, Italy

Grand Prix Thailand
17-24 July 2019, Bangkok, Thailand

International choir festival Grand Prix Thailand has been, since its inception in 2008, growing a stable position among other similar projects in southeast Asia. At its beginning, it was the only project of its kind in Thailand. Ever since the first season, the general partner and co-organizer of the festival has been Bangkok Opera Foundation, which in the surrounding region conducts a unique opera scene Siam Opera International, as well as symphonic orchestra Siam Philharmonics and youth orchestra Siam Sinfonietta. For its five-year anniversary, the festival was awarded with the 'Silver Rose Award', which is an award given out by Bangkok Opera Foundation together with Thailand's minister of culture for exceptional contributions in the sphere of live art in the Kingdom of Thailand. The main part of the festival is an international choir competition Grand Prix Thailand.

Savonlinna Opera Festival
4 July — 3 August 2019, Savonlinna, Finland

Savonlinnan oopperajuhlat is held annually at the spectacular lakeside medieval St Olaf's Castle (Olavinlinna) in the city of Savonlinna, and runs for a month. A quarter of the estimated 60,000 audience members come from abroad. The festival stages classical operas from the standard repertoire, and also welcomes visiting opera companies.

MusicFest Aberystwyth
27 July — 3 August 2019, Ceredigion, West Wales, United Kingdom

The spectacular coastline of Cardigan Bay in West Wales is a fine backdrop for this inspirational week. Aberystwyth Arts Centre's MusicFest is an enticing fusion of Music Festival and Summer School, of experience and learning, of performance and appreciation.

Three Choirs Festival
27 July — 3 August 2019, Gloucester, United Kingdom

Aspen Music Festival and School
27 June — 18 August 2019, Colorado, United States of America

Founded in 1949, the Aspen Music Festival and School is regarded as one of the top classical music festivals in the United States, noted both for its concert programming and its musical training of mostly young-adult music students. The typical eight-week summer season includes more than 400 classical music events, including concerts by five orchestras, solo and chamber music performances, fully staged opera productions, master classes, lectures, and children's programming, and brings in 100,000 audience members. In the winter, the AMFS presents a small series of recitals and Metropolitan Opera Live in HD screenings.

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.

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.

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.

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

Cotheridge Festival - choral and organ music
5-6 October 2019, Worcestershire, United Kingdom

An art exhibition, food, plus choral and organ music in this twelfth century church.

Details to be confirmed.

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.

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

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

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

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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