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.
- Enjoy a multifaceted program.
- Easily accessible by public transport.
- Experience classical music in the Great and Jurriaanse Halls of concert and congress venue De Doelen.
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!