“Not just another classical music festival – just the Best!” Tokafi, Germany
This was an accolade from early in the life of the festival, but one that it has tried to live up to every year since. Another reviewer remarked “WIMF is unique in having no also-rans hiding behind the big names”.
I think we have another remarkable line-up again this year. The Academy Choir with a monumental Berlioz choral work opens the festival, and the Philharmonia close it. The Brodsky Quartet celebrate its 50th year with 3 ‘Amazing Quartets’; Canadian duo Lortie-Mercier celebrate their return with 3 ‘Astonishing’ works for Piano Duos; and Chineke! continue to celebrate ‘diversity’.
We welcome back pianist Nikolai Demidenko with the Wiener Kammersymphonie, in a thrilling double event featuring Mozart piano concertos. And WIMF revives its acclaimed dramatic production of ‘The Soldier’s Tale’.
Our lunchtime series tries to spot and give a platform to outstanding new generation artists and this year I am delighted to welcome back for an evening event the Amatis Piano Trio, now featuring in major venues around the world.