About the Event
Next year, the famous Canary Islands Music Festival (also known as FIMC) will take place from the 10th January to 10th February 2019. This exciting annual event of classical music will take place simultaneously in Tenerife and Gran Canaria of the Canary Islands, a Spanish archipelago located off the coast of north-western Africa. This event aims to enrich the cultural life of the islands, as well as promoting high levels of cultural tourism and increase musical prestige in the Canaries. This year is the 35th edition of the event, with the main image being “a festival that represents all of the Canary Islands, a festival made for all”. The festival hosts concerts by top-level international artists, both orchestras and soloists. Special mention should be made of the debut performances that take place throughout the event. And better yet, due to the idyllic climate of the Canary Islands all year round, it is the only European music festival held in winter!
Canary Islands Music Festival
Hamburg Philharmonic Orchestra
Although there will be a variety of different concerts and performances taking place across all seven islands, the main events will be happening in Gran Canaria and Tenerife islands:
Gran Canaria: This beautiful island is like a miniature continent. Also a UNESCO Biosphere reserve, you will be amazed by its golden beaches and stunning volcanic landscapes. The historical capital city Las Palmas also offers countless things to see and do, which those attending FIMC should definitely take advantage of during their stay.
Tenerife: The largest of the Canary Islands, this natural paradise enjoys eternal sunshine and is surrounded by the warm, clear waters of the Atlantic Ocean – one of the most popular tourist choices for water activities like scuba diving and jet skiing. Tenerife’s most famous feature is its UNESCO World Heritage Site, Teide National Park. Here you will see the breathtaking Mount Teide, which is the highest mountain in Spain and the third highest volcano in the world. Also full of culture, visitors here during FIMC should take the chance to explore its traditional architecture (like the old harbour, or the Lago Martiánez swimming pool complex by Canarian architect César Manrique) and try the delicious local cuisine
The five other main islands are Fuerteventura, Lanzarote, La Palma, La Gomera and El Hierro.
Las Palmas, Gran Canaria
Teide National Park, Tenerife
The Canary Islands Music festival celebrated its first edition on the initiative of then-president Jerónimo Saavedra. The idea of the festival was an old aspiration of different sectors of the islands’ society, who wanted the Canary Islands to be recognised beyond the ‘sun and beach’ cliché. The creation of the festival was also successful in increasing tourism in the islands. Over the years, many now-renowned conductors made their debut at this event, such as Claudio Abbado, Sir Colin Davis, Christain Thielemann and Mariss Jansons.
The Festival Today
The Canary Islands Music Festival has become a world reference in Classical music, due the great variety of performances and the reputations of the musicians who perform there. Here, you can expect performances from unions of performers and orchestras of great international statures, the premières of masters and debut performances from up and coming musical talent. This year, the programme will include symphonic-choral works, concert operas, and even performances by local Canarian musicians. There will be 44 concerts in total which will be presented in 20 different locations on the seven islands of the archipelago.
- Highlighted Performers
- the Gran Canaria Philharmonic
- the Hamburg Philharmonic
- the St. Petersburg Philharmonic
- the German Chamber Philharmonic Orchestra of Bremen
- the Cadaqués Orchestra
- the Quiroga Quartet with Martha Argerich
- the Quiroga Quartet
- Gran Canaria Philharmonic Orchestra
- London Conchord Ensemble
- the Baroque Orchestra of Tenerife
Gran Canaria Philharmonic Orchestra
The main venues in which the festival takes place play an important part in making the event so spectacular. The ‘Adán Martín’ Auditorium of Tenerife was designed by architect Santiago Calatrava and is framed within the tenets of late-modern architecture of the late 20th century. The building is emblematic of Tenerife and is regarded as the finest modern building in the Canary Islands, as well as one of the most emblematic buildings of Spanish architecture. The Alfredo Klaus Auditorium of Gran Canaria is also extremely impressive and considered one of the most unique buildings of the island. Desgined by Ósquar Tusquets, main room behind the boasts a huge window that gives a spectacular view of the Atlantic while attending a concert.
Gran Canaria Auditorium
The Tenerife Symphony Orchestra will open the month long-event in Tenerife. A squad that is now also incorporated by the Minsk Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra will perform in five islands, offering two extraordinary concerts in Gran Canaria and Tenerife. One of the most anticipated performances of the whole event is the extraordinary concert of Maria Joao Pires, which is part of the legendary classical pianist’s farewell tour. The Jordi Savall-Hespèrion XXI group will close the festival in the auditoriums of Adán Martín in Tenerife and Alfredo Kraus of Gran Canaria, respectively.
- 10th-12th January: Performance of ‘Ariadne auf Naxos’ by the Tenerife Symphonic, in the Auditorium of Tenerife and the Alfredo Kraus Auditorium of Gran Canaria.
- 11th and 13th January: Maria Joao Pires Farwell Concerts, Guimerá and Pérez Galdós theatres in Tenerife and Gran Canaria respectively.
- 15th and 16th January: Philharmonic Orchestra of Bremen Chamber under the direction of David Afkham, in Gran Canaria and Tenerife Auditoriums respectively.
- 19th and 20th January: Philarmonic Orchestra of Gran Canaria in Tenerife and Gran Canaria Auditoriums respectively.
- 15th, 16th, 18th, 19th, 20th and 25th January: Quiroga Quartet in El Hierro, La Gomera, La Palma, Lanzarote, La Graciosa y Fuerteventura respectively.
- 22nd-27th January: London Conchord Ensemble, in non-capital islands.
- 26th, 27th, 28th January: Philharmonic State Orchestra of Hamburg in Tenerife Auditorium, Gran Canaria Alfredo Klauss Auditorium and Fuertaventura Palace of Education and Congress, respectively.
- 2nd & 5th, 3rd, 4th & 7th February: Philharmonic Orchestra of the Minsk Chamber in Tenerife and Gran Canaria (as extraordinary concerts) and then in La Palma, Fuertaventura and Lanzarote.
- 6th and 7th February: Philharmonic Orchestra of St. Petersburg in Tenerife and Gran Canaria Auditoriums respectively.
If you are interested in attending this fantastic musical event, please do not hesitate to contact us at across spain to enquire about our 2019 Music packages.
The Canary Islands on a Map