Rotterdam Philharmonic Gergiev Festival

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Rotterdam Philharmonic Gergiev Festival

A leading annual classical music event was organised for the first time in 1996. The initiator was the then leader of the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, Valery Gergiev. He wanted to establish a festival that would encompass a range of performances on several stages over several days. And so he did.

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A leading annual classical music event was organised for the first time in 1996. The initiator was the then leader of the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, Valery Gergiev. He wanted to establish a festival that would encompass a range of performances on several stages over several days. And so he did.

New names, new opportunities

The artistic team has since been expanded with Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Hans Waege and Jelle Dierickx. Since 2011 the programme is based on five themes: symphonic works, international opera productions, happenings, chamber music and educational productions. The name was changed from 'Gergiev Festival' to 'Rotterdam Rotterdam Philharmonic Gergiev Festival'.

In-house opera productions

Starting in 2012 the programme will include in-house international opera productions. The organisers decided to link opera with state-of-the-art video art, aiming to create a unique opera-related reputation for the movie and music city of Rotterdam. So if you are in Rotterdam in September, do come and have a look!

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