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Bratislava Music Festival
SK-816 01 Bratislava
Bratislava Music Festival
The international music festival presents a large scale of classical music literature. The cultural heritage of the region, together with the traditional values of national music literature belong to the guidelines of programming.
The Bratislava Music Festival is the most prestigeous festival in Slovakia that takes place every year at the turn of November and December. The purpose of the festival is to invite renowed foreign orchestras, soloists and conductors following up the rich tradition of Bratislava. In 2010 the 46th edition of the festival takes place. The main organizer is the Slovak Philharmonic. In the framework of the festival is also included the competition of the young artists New Talent-SPP Foundation Award.
This festival has been an EFA member since 1973.
Each EFA member manages its own Calendar. In case there is no programme availabable for this year, please visit the festival's own website.
Bratislava, the capital of Slovakia, can boast of the rich musical tradition. Great classical composers, as Joseph Haydn who gave frequent performances there, Mozart played in Bratislava in the age of six , Beethoven gave a concert in Bratislava, he entertained lively contacts with Bratislava too and his Missa Solemnis was performed at services in the Coronation Cathedral of St. Martin. Bratislava was a birth place of Johann Nepomuk Hummel and of Franz Schmidt. Franz Liszt gave his first public concert in the city, Béla Bartók grew up in the city, a famous pianist Anton Rubinstein gave the concerts and spent a few months there....
After the Second World War the number of the enthusiastic educated personalities involved in organizing the musical life in Bratislava. There grew quickly two professional symphony orchestras, chamber orchestras, choirs, opera and ballet companies , operetta and musical theatre.
Thanks to this growth in 1965, Bratislava was able to start an international music festival beeing supported by the Ministry of Culture of the Slovak Republic. The most important aim of the festival is to develop the close cooperation with the international festivals,to present the outstanding artists and ensembles, to perfom the programmes of all styles, to premiere the compositions of the Slovak and others composers in the framework of the festival.
The festival puts the stress on presenting the talented young artists who present their artistic ability , their diverse national musical cultures . Young musicians get the possibility to perform in the framework of the Bratislava Music Festival at the International Forum of Young Performers /TIJI which started it´s tradition at Bratislava Music festival in collaboration with UNESCO on the iniciative of the International Music Council and with the support of the EBU. The IFYP/TIJI took place for the first time in 1969 thanks to Sir Yehudi Menuhin. Since then a succesful appearance at the IFYP/TIJI has helped to start the young performing artists their succesful carreer. Many of the best participants of the Forum became famous and recognized.
Over the course of 45 years of it´s existence the Bratislava Music Festival had the honour of welcoming the outstanding orchestras, chamber ensembles, vocal and instrumental soloists, opera and ballet companies, from within and outside Europe. As for example - some of the artists who performed at Bratislava Music Festival during the last years: Yevgeni Swetlanow, Horst Stein, Helmut Rilling,Gennadi Rozdestvensky, Alain Lombard, Djansug Kakhidze, Elisabeth Leonskaya, Misha Maisky, Dennis Russel Davies, Serge Baudo, Michel Plasson, Sergei Larin, Miklós Perényi, Yuri Bashmet, Marek Janowski, Georges Prétre, Garrick Ohlsson, Libor Pešek, Jirí Belohlávek, Lucia Popp, Edita Gruberova, Katia Ricciarelli, Friedrich Gulda, Leonid Kogan, Vladimir Spivakov, Bruno Leonardo Gelber, Peter Schreier, Lorin Maazel, Antonio Pappano, Daniele Gatti,Rafael Fruhbeck de Burgos, .... Each year the musical events are accompanied by the different activities with the international participation.
The most important of them are – the screenings of the latest musical films and videos, musicological conference, numerous exhibitions and workshops. The World Music Week of the UNESCO International Music Council also took place under the auspices of the Bratislava Music Festival in 1977. In 1979 outside Germany for the first time the“ Neue Bachgesellschaft“ held its 56th Bach Festival in Bratislava.
The festival is held under the patronage of Ivan Gasparovic, President of the Slovak Republic.
Honorary President - Edita Gruberova.