National Youth Orchestra of Canada

National Youth Orchestra of Canada

Jonathan Darlington conducts Copland’s iconic Appalachian Spring and Vaughan Williams’ Third Symphony, along with a new work from Canadian composer John Estacio. 

NYO-USA Jazz

NYO-USA Jazz

A varied programme that celebrates the big band sound – from Basie and Ellington to hip-hop and R&B. 

Dvořák's Requiem

Dvořák's Requiem

Emerging young conductor Jakub Hrůša is joined by four soloists and Edinburgh Festival Chorus in one of classical music’s greatest choral epics. 

Eurovision Young Musicians 2018: Competition Final

Eurovision Young Musicians 2018: Competition Final

The finalists of one of the world’s most prized competition titles - Eurovision Young Musicians 2018 - perform with BBC SSO. 

Handel's Samson

Handel's Samson

Handel’s powerful oratorio is brought to life by Scotland’s finest period-instrument ensemble. 

Siegfried

Siegfried

A star-studded cast provide the third instalment of Wagner’s monumental Ring Cycle in this concert performance.  

Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra

Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra

Vasily Petrenko and the Oslo Philharmonic return to the International Festival with a vibrant programme of Richard Strauss and Prokofiev. 

National Youth Orchestra of Scotland

National Youth Orchestra of Scotland

Paul Daniel conducts works by French and Scottish composers, ending in Debussy’s transcendent La mer. 

Vaughan Williams’s A Sea Symphony

Vaughan Williams’s A Sea Symphony

Martyn Brabbins, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and Edinburgh Festival Chorus join forces to perform Vaughan Williams’s mighty A Sea Symphony and celebrate Scottish composer Thea Musgrave. 

Scottish Chamber Orchestra 2

Scottish Chamber Orchestra 2

In the second of the Scottish Chamber Orchestra’s Brahms cycle, Robin Ticciati conducts the second and fourth symphonies. 

City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra

City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra

The CBSO performs heady works from Stravinsky, Ravel and Debussy, conducted by Ludovic Morlot. 

Des canyons aux étoiles...

Des canyons aux étoiles...

Matthias Pintscher and the SCO perform with Pierre-Laurent Aimard in this remarkable work by Messiaen. 

Colburn Orchestra

Colburn Orchestra

This remarkable American youth ensemble perform music by Salonen and Rachmaninov. They are joined by violinist Simone Porter for Barber’s Violin Concerto. 

Hansel & Gretel

Hansel & Gretel

A stunning international cast tell this bewitching fairy tale in a concert performance of Engelbert Humperdinck's opera. 

National Youth Choir of Scotland

National Youth Choir of Scotland

Christopher Bell directs the National Youth Choir of Scotland in four works that showcase the virtuosity of these young singers. 

Baltimore Symphony Orchestra 2

Baltimore Symphony Orchestra 2

Marin Alsop and the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra are joined by Nicola Benedetti to celebrate Leonard Bernstein on the centenary of his birth. 

Baltimore Symphony Orchestra 1

Baltimore Symphony Orchestra 1

Celebrated conductor Marin Alsop directs a programme of Stravinsky, Schumann and Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue. 

London Symphony Orchestra 1

London Symphony Orchestra 1

In the first of two concerts, Sir Simon Rattle and the LSO are joined by legendary pianist Krystian Zimerman for Bernstein’s Second Symphony. 

Scottish Chamber Orchestra 1

Scottish Chamber Orchestra 1

One of Scotland’s best-loved ensembles performs the cycle of Brahms’ symphonies over two nights. In this concert we hear his first and third symphonies. 

London Symphony Orchestra 2

London Symphony Orchestra 2

In the second of their two-concert series, the LSO and Sir Simon Rattle perform Mahler’s Ninth Symphony – the composer’s struggle with the meaning of life. 

Mahler's Eighth Symphony

Mahler's Eighth Symphony

Daniel Harding and the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra join with the NYCoS Girls Choir and Edinburgh Festival Chorus to perform Mahler’s immense masterpiece. 

Opening Concert

Opening Concert

Josef Haydn’s explosive oratorio The Creation opens the 2018 International Festival. Edward Gardner conducts the Scottish Chamber Orchestra and National Youth Choir of Scotland. 

YOA Orchestra of the Americas

YOA Orchestra of the Americas

Conducted by Carlos Miguel Prieto, the youth orchestra are joined by world-renowned Venezuelan pianist Gabriela Montero for Tchaikovsky’s First Piano Concerto. 

70th Anniversary Celebration Concert

70th Anniversary Celebration Concert

The 2017 International Festival’s Usher Hall concerts come to a resplendent conclusion in a very special concert celebrating 70 years of the Edinburgh International Festival. Bringing together live music, archive film, interviews and unique memories, this is your chance to join in celebrating one of the world’s most influential festivals – through the music that has featured in it, and the revered figures who have performed in it... 

Filarmonica della Scala 2

Filarmonica della Scala 2

The sumptuous splendours and vivid colours of Italian music bring the two-concert residency from the Orchestra of Milan’s famed La Scala opera house to a dazzling close, under vibrant Music Director Riccardo Chailly... 

Filarmonica della Scala 1

Filarmonica della Scala 1

The Filarmonica della Scala, the orchestra of Milan’s world-renowned opera house La Scala, has been lauded as Italy’s finest symphony orchestra. Its partnership with the historic opera house’s Music Director Riccardo Chailly, famed for his own towering musical personality and vital music-making, summons performances of astonishing potency and subtlety... 

Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra

Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra

Two muscular celebrations of America launch a powerful programme from the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra under its inspirational Music Director Louis Langrée. Bernstein’s gritty On the Waterfront Suite is one of the great symphonic portraits of New York, while Copland’s stirring Lincoln Portrait, which the Cincinnati orchestra premiered in 1942, employs the great President’s writings, performed by a narrator, in music of immense dignity and nobility... 

Joshua Bell Plays Bruch

Joshua Bell Plays Bruch

Superstar US violinist Joshua Bell has brought fresh new vigour to the already accomplished Academy of St Martin in the Fields since taking the reins as Music Director in 2011, the first director since founder Sir Neville Marriner... 

Mariinsky & RSNO

Mariinsky & RSNO

Only at the International Festival could you experience two of the world’s finest orchestras in a single concert. Powerhouse conductor Valery Gergiev here conducts both: his own Mariinsky Orchestra from St Petersburg and Scotland’s own Royal Scottish National Orchestra... 

Verdi's Requiem

Verdi's Requiem

From pounding drums and blazing trumpets predicting the final judgement, to serene prayers begging for release: Verdi’s Requiem is a choral blockbuster of staggering power, bringing all the drama of the opera house to the concert hall... 

Mitsuko Uchida in recital

Mitsuko Uchida in recital

One of the most inspirational, perceptive pianists performing today, Mitsuko Uchida is revered as much for her elegance and poise as for her boundless virtuosity. With a long and distinguished history of acclaimed International Festival performances, she brings a passionate programme for her 2017 solo recital... 

La Damnation de Faust

La Damnation de Faust

Dancing skeletons, drunken rats and a wild, reckless ride to damnation: just some of the unforgettable evocations in Berlioz’s visionary and epic musical retelling of the Faust legend... 

Festival Firsts

Festival Firsts

Sir James MacMillan has a long and fruitful relationship with both the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and the Edinburgh International Festival. To celebrate the International Festival’s 70th anniversary, he conducts three masterpieces of 20th-century music – all of which received their premieres at the International Festival... 

Scottish Chamber Orchestra

Scottish Chamber Orchestra

Canadian Marc-André Hamelin is a true piano virtuoso in the mould of historical greats Liszt or Rachmaninov, combining astonishing power with a miraculous, impeccable technique – and exceptional sensitivity... 

L'incoronazione di Poppea

L'incoronazione di Poppea

Power corrupts – but love corrupts absolutely. Poppea, scheming mistress of the Emperor Nero, exploits his erotic obsession to commit all forms of crime in her ruthless pursuit of power – and in her lust to be crowned Empress... 

Anoushka Shankar

Anoushka Shankar

Queen of the sitar Anoushka Shankar is a global musical star – performing to worldwide adulation for her breathtaking sitar virtuosity, and releasing numerous critically acclaimed albums... 

Il ritorno d'Ulisse in patria

Il ritorno d'Ulisse in patria

After two brutal decades of war, the weary Ulysses is washed up on the rocky shore of his home island of Ithaca. There, he discovers the hordes of depraved admirers who have beseiged his faithful wife Penelope in his 20-year absence – and launches into battle to win back her love... 

L'Orfeo

L'Orfeo

Period performance pioneer Sir John Eliot Gardiner is revered worldwide, not just for his searching scholarly insights into early music, but also for the astonishing intensity and freshness of his compelling performances... 

Peter Grimes

Peter Grimes

What really happened to the young apprentice of surly fisherman Peter Grimes? Suspicion turns to violence when villagers mob together to uncover the unsettling truth. Benjamin Britten’s immensely powerful work is the defining British opera of the 20th century, a remarkably compelling drama examining gossip, rumour and mob rule in some of the composer’s most dramatic sea-inspired music... 

Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra

Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra

Teeming with unforgettable melody, shot through with the unmistakable tang of Nordic folk music, Grieg’s Piano Concerto is deservedly one of classical music’s most cherished works... 

Elgar's King Olaf

Elgar's King Olaf

World-renowned Elgarian Sir Andrew Davis conducts a rarely heard masterpiece: Elgar's Viking cantata Scenes from the Saga of King Olaf. In music from rousing battle scenes to touching love songs, this stirring choral spectacular tells the vivid story of ancient Norwegian King Olaf’s battles with the wrathful Norse gods... 

Budapest Festival Orchestra

Budapest Festival Orchestra

Powerful, poetic, effortlessly charismatic, Scottish violinist Nicola Benedetti is one of today’s most admired and cherished performers. She joins the Budapest Festival Orchestra under Iván Fischer for the stormy lyricism of Brahms’s joyful Violin Concerto, brimming with spontaneity and gypsy abandon... 

Bryn Terfel & Malcolm Martineau

Bryn Terfel & Malcolm Martineau

Superstar of the opera and concert stage, Bryn Terfel has a voice that can fill the world’s greatest opera houses, and a musical personality just as warm and charismatic. From Wagner to folk song, the great Welsh bass baritone mines drama from all he sings, blending vast power and subtlety in his unforgettably rich, expressive voice... 

BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra

BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra

They open with the surging emotions and poignant melodies of Schubert’s much-loved ‘Unfinished’ Symphony. Armenian-American pianist Sergei Babayan, celebrated for the sensitive insights of his playing, is the soloist in the wondrous inventions of Schumann’s exuberant Piano Concerto, brimming with unforgettable tunes... 

Die Walküre

Die Walküre

Following last year’s Das Rheingold from Mariinsky Opera, the epic Die Walküre takes us deeper into Wagner’s vast mythological world in the second part of the International Festival’s four-year Ring cycle... 

The Opening Concert

The Opening Concert

A jolt of surprise and a joyful choral celebration launch the 2017 International Festival Usher Hall concerts with an evening of wit and warmth. Granada-born Pablo Heras-Casado, one of the most exciting young international conductors, directs the exceptional players of the Scottish Chamber Orchestra...