List of classical music festivals

List of classical music festivals
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Related genres Classical music
Location Worldwide
Related events Music festival, concert tour, early music festival, opera festival, contemporary classical music festival, opera festival, chamber music festival, Indian classical music festival, Bach festival

The following is an incomplete list of classical music festivals, which encapsulates music festivals focused on classical music. Classical music is art music produced or rooted in the traditions of Western music (both liturgical and secular), and has long been played at festival-like settings. It encompasses a broad span of time from roughly the 11th century to the present day.[1] The major time divisions of classical music are as follows: the early music period, which includes the Medieval (500–1400) and the Renaissance (1400–1600) era, played at early music festivals; the common practice period, which includes the Baroque (1600–1750), Classical (1750–1830), and Romantic eras (1804–1910), which included opera festivals and choral festivals; and the 20th century (1901–2000) which includes the modern (1890–1930) that overlaps from the late 19th-century, the high modern (mid 20th-century), and contemporary classical music festivals or postmodern (1975–2000) eras, the last of which overlaps into the 21st-century. The term "classical music" did not appear until the early 19th century, in an attempt to distinctly canonize the period from Johann Sebastian Bach to Beethoven as a golden age.[2]

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List of early music festivals Early music festivals Early music festivals
List of chamber music festivals Chamber music festivals Chamber music festivals
List of choral festivals Choral festivals Choral festivals
List of Indian classical music festivals Indian classical music festivals
List of opera festivals Opera festivals Opera festivals
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List of contemporary classical festivals Contemporary classical festivals Contemporary classical festivals
List of experimental music festivals Experimental music festivals Experimental music festivals
List of electroacoustic festivals Electroacoustic festivals Electroacoustic festivals



Festival name Location Years Notes
Festival international de musique symphonique d'El Jem  Tunisia; El Jem 1985-present held every summer


Festival name Location Years Notes
Kuthira Malika  India; Thiruvananthapuram ?-present At shrine built by Swathi Thirunal Rama Varma
All Pakistan Music Conference  Pakistan; Lahore 1959-present Qawaali, Classical, Pop, Rock, Hamd, Ghazel
Israel Festival  Israel; Jerusalem 1961-present Arts festival with classical focus
Istanbul International Music Festival  Turkey; Istanbul 1973-present Classical music, ballet, opera, traditional music
Tokyo Summer Festival  Japan; Tokyo 1985–present Mixed genres
Sarvani Sangeetha Sabha  India; Chennai 1986–present encouraging young talents
Pacific Music Festival  Japan; Sapporo 1990–present Performers from major orchestras serve as faculty
Seiji Ozawa Matsumoto Festival  Japan; Matsumoto 1992–present Held in August and September; renamed 2015
Parampara Series – Andhri  India; Hyderabad 1997–present Asian classical music
Beijing Music Festival  China; Beijing 1998-present Founded by the Chinese government
Swathi Sangeethotsavam  India; Trivandrum 2000–present Asian classical music
TIMF  South Korea; Tongyeong 2002–present Large event with multiple genres
Mersin International Music Festival  Turkey; Mersin 2002-present Classical, jazz, pop
Isang Yun Competition  South Korea; Tongyeong 2003–present Classical competition
Daegu International Opera Festival  South Korea; Daegu 2003–present Multiple features beyond main opera
Great Mountains Music Festival & School  South Korea; PyeongChang 2004–present Chamber music festival
Gümüşlük International Classical Music Festival  Turkey; Gümüşlük 2004-present and Eklisia summer school
Great Wall International Music Academy  China; Beijing 2005-present month-long classical music institute
The Hindu Friday Review Music Festival  India; Chennai 2005–present Asian classical music
Beigang International Music Festival  Taiwan; Beigang 2006-present Beigang Philharmonic Association
Bengal-ITC SRA Classical Music Festival  Bangladesh; Dhaka 2012-present South Asian classical music


Festival name Location Years Notes
Nordic Music Days (several) 1888–present Held in  Denmark,  Finland,  Germany,  Iceland,  Norway
Grafenegg Music Festival  Austria 2007–present
KlangBogen Wien  Austria 1995–2006
Salzburg Festival  Austria –present
Vienna Spring Festival  Austria –present
XXIV International Society for Contemporary Music Festival  Belgium 1950
International Chamber Music Festival Plovdiv  Bulgaria 1964–present
March Music Days  Bulgaria –present
Music Biennale Zagreb  Croatia 1961–present
The International Music Festival of F. L. Vek  Czech Republic –present
Janáček Music Festival  Czech Republic 1976–present
Prague Autumn International Music Festival  Czech Republic 1991–2008
Prague Spring International Music Festival  Czech Republic 1946–present
Aldeburgh Festival  England
Bampton Classical Opera  England
Bath International Music Festival  England
Birmingham Triennial Music Festival  England 1784–1912
Brighton Early Music Festival  England
Dartington International Summer School  England
English Music Festival  England
Hastings Musical Festival  England
Henley Festival  England
Hoffnung Music Festival  England
Leeds Festival (classical music)  England
Leeds Lieder  England
Oundle International Festival  England
Oxford International Piano Festival  England
Oxford Lieder Festival  England
Prom on The Close  England
The Proms  England 1895-
Southern Cathedrals Festival  England 1904-
Spitalfields Music  England
St Albans International Organ Festival  England
Swaledale Festival  England
Three Choirs Festival  England 1719-
Tilford Bach Festival  England
Two Moors Festival  England
York Early Music Festival  England
Aix-en-Provence Festival  France 1948–present
Besançon International Music Festival  France 1948–present
Festival des Nuits Romantiques  France
Forest Festival  France
La Folle Journée  France
Musica  France
Musique-Cordiale  France
Opéra de Baugé  France
Strasbourg Music Festival  France
Bachfest Leipzig  Germany 1904–present Early Bach festival
Bachwoche Ansbach  Germany 1947–present Bonn
Bayreuther Osterfestival  Germany 1994–present Easter festival
Beethovenfest  Germany 1845–present Beethoven festival
Braunschweig Classix Festival  Germany 1988–present
Dresden Music Festival  Germany 1978–present
Göttingen International Handel Festival  Germany 1919–present Devoted to Handel
InterHarmony International Music Festival  Germany 1997–present International festival
Kissinger Sommer  Germany 1986–present
Klavier-Festival Ruhr  Germany 1988–present piano festival. classical music and jazz. take more than three month
Lower Rhenish Music Festival  Germany 1818–1958 Early classical festival held on Pentecost
Magdeburger Telemann-Festtage  Germany 1990–present Devoted to the works of Telemann
Rheingau Musik Festival  Germany 1987–present Concerts take place at culturally important location
Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival  Germany 1986–present Summer festival
Ardee Baroque Festival  Ireland –present
Cork International Choral Festival  Ireland –present
Lismore Music Festival  Ireland –present
New Ross Piano Festival  Ireland –present
Wexford Festival Opera  Ireland 1951–present
West Cork Chamber Music Festival  Ireland 1995 - present Bantry
Orfeo Music Festival  Italy 2002–present
CIMA Festival  Italy –present
InterHarmony International Music Festival  Italy –present
Bergen International Festival  Norway –present
Chopin Festival  Poland –present
Chopin and his Europe  Poland 2005–present
Cistermúsica  Portugal 1993–present[3] In Alcobaça
EUROPAfest  Romania –present
George Enescu Festival  Romania –present
Radiro - International Radio Orchestras Festival  Romania –present
Toamna Muzicală Clujeană  Romania 1965–present
Edinburgh International Festival  Scotland 1947–present
Belgrade Music Festival  Serbia 1969–present
Košice Music Spring Festival  Slovakia 1956–present
Festival Internacional de Santander  Spain –present
Festival Internacional de Música de Canarias  Spain 1985–present
Festival Musikdorf Ernen   Switzerland 1974-present
Nox Illuminata   Switzerland 2004–present
Verbier Festival   Switzerland 1956–present
Festival Oude Muziek  Netherlands –present
Geelvinck Fortepiano Festival  Netherlands 2011–present
Holland Festival  Netherlands –present
Gümüşlük International Classical Music Festival  Turkey –present
Istanbul International Music Festival  Turkey –present
Mersin International Music Festival  Turkey –present
Kyiv Music Fest  Ukraine –present
North Wales International Music Festival  Wales 1972–present

North America

Festival name Location Years Notes
Winnipeg Music Festival  Canada, Winnipeg 1919–present Contest
Brott Music Festival  Canada 1988–present Multiple genres
Bach Music Festival of Canada  Canada 2011–present Bach festival
Domaine Forget  Canada -present
Festival 500  Canada -present
Festival of the Sound  Canada -present
Kamloops Festival of the Performing Arts  Canada -present
Kiwanis Music Festival  Canada -present
Mondial Choral  Canada -present
Montreal Festivals  Canada, Montreal -present
Music and Beyond  Canada -present
New Brunswick Summer Music Festival  Canada, New Brunswick -present
Ottawa Chamberfest  Canada, Ottawa -present
Quebec City Summer Festival  Canada, Quebec -present
Quebec Contemporary Music Society  Canada, Quebec -present
Stratford Summer Music Festival  Canada -present
Toronto Summer Music Festival  Canada, Toronto -present
Tuckamore Festival  Canada -present
American Festival for the Arts  United States
Annual Avant Garde Festival of New York  United States
Aspen Music Festival and School  United States
Atlantic Music Festival  United States
Bard Music Festival  United States
Bellingham Festival of Music  United States
Blossom Festival  United States
Bowdoin International Music Festival  United States
Bravo! Vail  United States
Brevard Music Center  United States
Bridgehampton Chamber Music Festival  United States
Caramoor International Music Festival  United States
Carmel Bach Festival  United States
Casals Festival  United States
Chamber Music Northwest  United States
Chestnut Hill Concerts  United States
Cincinnati May Festival  United States
Colorado MahlerFest  United States
Colorado Music Festival  United States
Eastern Music Festival  United States
Festival del Sole  United States
Festival of Neglected Romantic Music  United States
Festival of New Trumpet Music  United States
Grand Teton Music Festival  United States
Grant Park Music Festival  United States
Hot Springs Music Festival  United States
Kneisel Hall  United States
La Musica (music festival)  United States
Laguna Beach Chamber Music Society  United States
Los Angeles Philharmonic Institute  United States
Mainly Mozart Festival  United States
MasterWorks Festival  United States
Mendocino Music Festival  United States
Midsummer Mozart Festival  United States
Missouri Chamber Music Festival  United States
Mostly Mozart Festival  United States
Music Academy of the West  United States
Music@Menlo  United States
Music in the Mountains  United States
New Hampshire Music Festival  United States
Newport Music Festival  United States
Norfolk Chamber Music Festival  United States
Ojai Music Festival  United States
OK Mozart Festival  United States
Olympic Music Festival  United States
Oregon Bach Festival  United States
Park City International Music Festival  United States
Piano Summer  United States
Portland Chamber Music Festival  United States
Rockport Music  United States
Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival  United States
Sarasota Music Festival  United States
Sitka Summer Music Festival  United States
Strings Music Festival  United States
St. Augustine Music Festival  United States, St. Augustine, FL 2007-present
Worcester Music Festival, Massachusetts  United States, Massachusetts -present
Woodstock Mozart Festival  United States -present
West Side Orchestral Concerts  United States -present
Vermont Mozart Festival  United States, Vermont -present
Tanglewood Music Center  United States -present
Classical/Pops Festival  Barbados 2014–present held yearly in December.


Festival name Location Years Notes
Intervarsity Choral Festival  Australia 1950–present Choral festival
Melbourne Festival  Australia 1986–present Held for 17 days each October
Canberra International Music Festival  Australia 1994–present Held at the end of April annually
G-TARanaki Guitar Festival  New Zealand 2008-present Guitar focus

South America

Festival name Location Years Notes
Semana Musical Llao Llao  Argentina 1993–present held yearly in October.
Septiembre Musical  Argentina 1960-present Arts festival
Ilumina Festival  Brazil 2015-present Chamber music festival
Festival Amazonas de Ópera  Brazil 1997-present Opera festival
Festival de Inverno de Campos do Jordão  Brazil 1970-present Classical music festival
Natal Luz  Brazil 1986-present Classical Christmas concert
Frutillar Musical Weeks  Chile 1968-present Between Jan and Feb, lasts for 10 days.
International Culture Festival  Colombia 1973-present Cultural and arts festival with classical music
International Festival of Lyric Singing  Peru 1996-present International vocalists


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  1. "Classical", The Oxford Concise Dictionary of Music, ed. Michael Kennedy, (Oxford, 2007), Oxford Reference Online. Retrieved July 23, 2007.
  2. Rushton, Julian, Classical Music, (London, 1994), 10

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