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Classical Ibiza

Ibiza is known for its electronic pulse, the drumming of bongos, and the strumming of guitars, but have you heard the crisp classical notes that also reverberate in its heart and streets? Here are some of the sunset symphonies taking place this summer.
By Esther Nicklin · Photo: Dan Carabas

Between 1988 and 2018 Germany’s Margarita Kinsberger brought the world’s finest classical musicians and singers – including the St. Petersburg Opera, Milan’s La Scala and the Nits d’Òpera – to Ibiza in support of the island’s Cancer Association. One of these musicians was world-renowned German violinist Linus Roth, who went on to found the Ibiza Conciertos international classical music festival, of which he is artistic director. Taking place from August 25 to 27 in the incredible acoustics of Dalt Vila’s Iglesia de Santo Domingo, it will end with a world premiere of Vivaldi’s Four Seasons by Linus and guitarist Petrit Çeku.

“In Ibiza you can try things out,” says Linus. “A concert does not become special just because of the music or how well you play; it’s all about the audience and every audience has its own vibe and brings its own energy. The festival is a high point in my musical life.”

Founded in 1987, the Ibiza International Music Festival and Ibiza International Piano Competition organised by the San Carlos Cultural Centre are now celebrating 25 editions in 36 years. Expect chamber music, solo performances and more from August 17 to 20 and 24 to 27, while the piano contest from August 29 to September 3 uncovers young talent and includes a public award ceremony and spine-tingling winner’s concert.

On a different note, Clockwork Orange celebrates its 30-year anniversary on July 23 with a 30-piece classical orchestra led by musical arranger and conductor Matthew Freeman of the London Symphony and Royal Philharmonic orchestras playing classic ’90s club anthems. “This electronic music is so rich, so fantastic, with so many ups and downs, it screams to be expanded with new orchestral textures,” says Matthew. The result will be a spectacular sonic experience at Clockstock Part 2 at FECOEV Recinto Ferial, with the orchestra performing between top DJs at sunset.

Finally, the award-winning City of Ibiza Choir practises and performs regularly, singing the official mass of Santa María on August 5, while the Municipal Board of Ibiza’s School of Music runs a range of excellent courses. Then there’s the Symphony Orchestra, which musicians can join. Also watch out for the jam sessions at Ibango on Tuesdays as well as one-off shows at the island’s bars and restaurants.


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