“Odessa Classics” festival – the main Ukrainian platform for classical music.


Odessa Classics will take place in Tallinn from 16 May until 7 June 2023.

Odessa - the pearl of the the Black Sea – hosted 7 editions of the "Odessa Classics“ Music Festival every June from 2015 to 2021.

Odessa Classics is established as a top level European festival with world stars of classical music such as Daniel Hope, Eugeny Kissin, Pinchas Zukerman, Joshua Bell, Maxim Vengerov, Misha Maisky, Thomas Hampson, Sebastian Knauer, Roby Lakatos, Matthias Goerne, Lucas Debargue, Zakhar Bron, Michael Guttman, Cyprien Katsaris, Antonio Meneses, Stefan Vladar, Zurich-, Berlin- and Brussels- Chamber Orchestras, ensembles “NICO” , “AIR”, Lithuanian National Symphony Orchestra and many others.

Concerts took place not only in the concert hall of the Odessa Philharmony but also in one of the most wonderful Opera Houses in the world, and  amazing open air concerts on the famous Potemkin‘s stairs, gathered more than 10 000 spectators.

Odessa itself is a beautiful, historic city with a strong Mediterranean charisma and extremely friendly, open-hearted people.

But the war changed everything and in 2022 it was impossible to hold the festival in Ukraine. “Odessa Classics’ manages to find new homes in Europe. Concerts in 2024 include: 

  • 28 March - Vilnius Philharmony
  • 4, 7, 9 April - Zurich Tonhalle Great Hall
  • 12 June - Tallinn (TBC)
  • 25 June - Luzern KKL, Eugeny Kissin recital
  • End of August - Bonn (TBC)
  • 24, 26, 29 September - Bremen
  • Thessaloniki (TBC)

Alexey Botvinov, Founder and President of Odessa Classics, is an internationally renowned pianist who has made a name for himself with his interpretation of Bach's "Goldberg Variations" and is an expert interpreter of the music of Rachmaninoff.


Festival general director

Olena Zazulia

Festival initiator and president

Alexey Botvinov


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65044 Odesa
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