From January 11th to February 13th 2015 music will be present in the Canary Islands. It will return to the venues of the whole Archipelago with the celebration of the 31st International Music Festival, when the first notes will sound in the Auditorio de Tenerife Adán Martín.
The FIMC ( Festival Internacional de Música de Canarias), as one of the most important classical music Festivals in Spain will offer, as usual, a program of extraordinary quality, betting again for music as a vehicle of communication and broadcasting of culture, so that the Canary Islands remain being a national and international benchmark in terms of classical music.
Organized by the Canary Islands Government, in collaboration with the councils and sponsors, this festival edition includes 20 series concerts, 10 in each of the main capital islands, the Auditorio Alfredo Kraus in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria and Auditorium de Tenerife 'Adán Martín' plus twenty concerts in surprising venues in La Palma, Fuerteventura, Lanzarote, La Gomera, El Hierro and La Graciosa.
In total there will be forty-one concerts that include the presence of internationally renowned artists as the composer and conductor Krzysztof Penderecki, conductors Yuri Termirkánov, Trevor Pinnock and Mark Minkowski, pianist Maria Joao Pires, countertenor Bejun Mehta, violinist Lara St. John, together with 1st class national musical personalities as pianist Javier Perianes or Xavier de Maistre. In addition to the legendary St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra, the programme is completed by the Tenerife Symphony Orchestra and Philharmonic Orchestra of Gran Canaria and other reduced orchestras such as the british Britten Sinfonia or the historicists Les Musiciens du Louvre, I Turchini and Akademie für Alte and Musik Berlin.
Over more than thirty years the Canary Islands Music Festival has managed to become an international benchmark in the world of classical music festivals, both for its high artistic quality, and by the peculiar feature of being the first event opening musical activity in Europe, as it takes place in the months of January and February. It has become the only of its kind that takes place in winter, a kind of winter that, in relation to the rest of Europe and thanks to the kindness of our climate-land is really a pleasant spring.
The geographical diversity of the Canaries and the fact that music is present throughout the whole archipelago is one of the distinctive features which always cause great admiration both among the public and among the artists who visit us and make our festival unique.
The 31st International Festival of the Canary Islands is possible once again through the efforts of many cultural operators and above all, thanks to the loyalty of our season ticket holders and the general public that will hopefully once again enjoy this musical offering. Our sincere thanks also to the sponsors and partners who harbor the Festival as well as to the media.
To all of you, thank you very much.