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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.

Rajarani Music Festival
18-20 January 2019, Odissa, India

The three-day Rajarani Music Festival in eastern India features various different kinds of Indian classical music, and is being webcast by the National Infomatics Service of the Government of India.

Valletta International Baroque Festival
11-26 January 2019, Valletta, Malta

Established in 2013 and held every year in January, this is one of Malta's biggest festivals. Concerts and opera performances take place in several of Valletta's baroque buildings, and the festival is organised by the Manoel Theatre. In 2017 the 'Inspired by Baroque' theme expanded the festival's remit to contemporary music.

Sing'n'Joy - the American international choral festival
14-18 February 2019, Princeton, United States of America

After the overwhelming success of the first edition in February 2017 Princeton, New Jersey will again become a meeting point for choirs from all over the globe in 2019. In the world of choral singing Princeton, the city located south of New York is well known for being the home of the Westminster Choir College, one of the world's leading music schools.

Cambridge Female Composers Festival
26 January — 10 March 2019, Cambridge, United Kingdom

MRF Music Festivals: Choirs and Orchestras
13-17 March 2019, Rome, Italy

8th International Roma Music Festival for choirs and orchestras in the 'Eternal City'

Auckland Arts Festival
7-24 March 2019, Auckland, New Zealand

Dating back to 1948, Auckland was the first city in the Asia Pacific to have a large festival.

MRF Music Festivals: choirs and orchestras
3-7 April 2019, Istria, Croatia

9th International festival of choirs and orchestras in Porec (Istria, Croatia)

Savannah Music Festival
28 March — 13 April 2019, Georgia, United States of America

'The Savannah Music Festival is dedicated to presenting world-class celebrations of the musical arts by creating timeless and adventurous productions that stimulate arts education, foster economic growth, and unite artists and audiences in Savannah.'

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).

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.

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

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

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.

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.

Presteigne Festival (22-27 August)
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.

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

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.