Dear friends

Matthias Goerne is indisposed and will not be coming to Israel. We thus regret to announce the cancellation of Friday night’s concert. Ticket holders who paid by credit card will be contacted by the box office. All others, please call: 02-6250444.

We are delighted to present the programme for the Nineteenth Jerusalem International Chamber Music Festival. This year, we have planned a series of exciting concerts in which our chosen theme of interrelated composers has given us – and we hope will likewise give our loyal and discerning audiences – many surprises and challenges: Haydn and Mozart; Schubert and Beethoven; Brahms and Schumann; Mahler and Bruckner; Berlioz, Franck, SaintSaëns and Poulenc; Bartók and Kodály; Rachmaninov, Stravinsky, Shostakovich, Prokofiev and Ustvolskaya; and many more. As we listen to composers frequently linked together in our perceptions, we will discover what distinguishes them from each other, giving fresh contexts to both time-honoured works and those lesser known.

Interwoven in these fascinating programmes is a celebration of three anniversaries: Reger and Busoni, friends who both shared an intense musical relationship with the past; and closer to our own time, Dmitri Shostakovich.

We continue our traditional weekend special concerts with three wonderful recitals: the renowned Michelangelo String Quartet in a concert of Beethoven string quartets; the great pianist Sir András Schiff and his wife, violinist Yūko Shiokawa, in a recital celebrating the correlation between Bach, Beethoven and Busoni; and the celebrated baritone, Matthias Goerne, singing Berg and Schubert.

This year, true to our long-established custom of a special commission for the Festival, we present a new work by the Israeli composer, Yinam Leef.

We invite you to delight in musicians both cherished and new, in a festival rich in content and variety, and which above all, promises great enjoyment.

Elena Bashkirova
Artistic Director