THE XXIV INTERNATIONAL MUSIC FESTIVAL OF IBIZA OFFERS 9 EXCEPTIONAL CONCERTS
The XXIV Ibiza International Music Festival is held biennially in Sant Carles. This edition marks the 34th anniversary (1987-2021) and 24 editions, thanks to the massive support of public and private entities on the island, such as the Consell d’Eivissa, Santa Eulària des Riu Town Hall, Aqualia, Azuline Hotels, Mundo en Armonía and a long list of private companies and individuals.
The event will begin on Friday, August 20 with the premiere in the Balearic Islands of Three impressions on La divina comedia, by the pianist and composer Sira Hernández, together with the exceptional actress Ángela Molina reciting passages from the work and the projection of artistic photographs of Pablo Álvarez, in tribute to Dante Alighieri on the 700th anniversary of his death.
On Saturday, August 21, the young Ibiza violinist Isaac Pérez Riera makes his debut on the island, accompanied on piano by Albert Colomar. Born in Eivissa in 1995, he has just finished his master’s degree as a violin soloist at the prestigious Conservatory of Music in Utrecht (Netherlands) and is developing his international career as a virtuoso specializing in Spanish music. He will offer a concert with works by Turina, Guridi, Toldrà, Granados and Falla.
For the first time on the island, on Sunday August 22, the opera La voix humaine (1958), by Francis Poulenc, will be performed with Teresa Albero (soprano), Francisco Cholbi (piano and musical director) and Lucas Carbonell (stage director ). It is a dramatic monologue for a modern antiheroine who tries to circumvent her personal conditioning in an emotional labyrinth through a new technology that, at the time, was groundbreaking: the telephone.
On Monday, August 23, organist David Largo returns to the island, inaugurating the parish’s Viscount Prestige organ in 2002 as a young student. He now returns as titular organist of the Cathedral of Palencia and professor of organ. He will offer a recital with music by Bruhns, Buxtehude, Bach, Liszt, Duruflé and Boëllmann.
On Tuesday, August 24, the tenor Antoni Lliteres makes his debut in Eivissa, accompanied by the pianist Marta Pujol. The Balearic artist is one of the most promising voices on the national lyrical scene, who became very popular for singing during confinement from his home to encourage health workers and the population. He will show his vocal beauty with opera arias and zarzuela romances.
On Thursday, August 26, maestro Antonio Baciero returns to the Festival, who will also be president of the Competition jury. His concert will offer the exclusive premiere of works by ten female composers, as part of the tribute to María de Molina, Queen of Castile, on the 700th anniversary of her death.
On Friday, August 27, and for the first time at the event Pablo Martos (violin) and Alberto Martos (cello), Sony Classical artists and privileged disciples of Daniel Barenboim and Ambrosio Valero (piano), artist Bössendorfer, will offer works by Mendelssohn and Shostakovich.
And as is tradition, the winners of the last edition of the 2019 International Piano Competition will close the Festival. On Saturday, August 28, the Franco-Hungarian pianist Arthur Coatalen, First Youth Prize of the XXIII 2019 Competition, will perform, who at 16 years ago he returned to Eivissa to dazzle with a concert with works by Bach, Liszt, Mozart, and Ravel.
The Festival will close on Sunday, August 29, the Russian pianist Aysylu Saliakhova, First Prize of the XXIII Competition 2019, with a recital by the great Russian composers Tchaikovsky, Prokofiev, and Rachmaninov.
The Festival, which has numerous awards and recognitions, offers a generous cultural offer while it has been recognized by the Balearic Government and AETIB with the Tourism Award of the Balearic Islands for the tourist experience. It is an event of artistic excellence that, in a democratic, very close, and accessible way, allows you to enjoy, discover and have contact with great interpreters of music and young talents who make their debut on the island. This proximity is offered by the whitewashed walls of the secluded Center Cultural de Sant Carles, a space that has been breathing alongside the invited artists for three decades.
The development of the Festival will have a protocol for action against COVID-19 and will be governed by the health measures in force at that time. To facilitate this, all concerts last between 60 and 70 minutes, without intermission and tickets are 5 euros.