Jakub Hrůša, Joana Carneiro and Sheku Kanneh-Mason Perform at the 2024 Edinburgh International Festival

15 Mar 2024

The Edinburgh International Festival has unveiled its 2024 line-up. On the 03 August 2024, Joana Carneiro leads the Orquesta La Pasión and Musicians from the RSNO in the Scottish premiere of Osvaldo Golijov’s La Pasión Según San Marcos. They are joined by the Schola Cantorum of Venezuela, the National Youth Choir of Scotland and a line-up of soloists from jazz, popular and classical backgrounds. Golijov’s captivatingly rhythmic La Pasión según San Marcos is one of four Passions commissioned to commemorate the 250th anniversary of the death of Johann Sebastian Bach.

Jakub Hrůša and the Bamberg Symphony are invited for a four-concert residency at this year’s Festival, all concerts taking place at the Usher Hall. On the 06 August 2024, they open their residency with Bruckner’s Symphonic Prelude, Mahler’s Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen with mezzo-soprano Catriona Morison, and Rott’s Symphony No 1. Hrůša and the Bamberg Symphony’s recent recording of works by Rott, Bruckner and Mahler won Hrůša the 2023 Opus Klassik Conductor of the Year Award.

On the 07 August 2024 at 2PM, Hrůša and the Bamberg Symphony join narrator Gerard McBurney and guest artists including actors and a gospel singer for a special Beyond The Score ® exploration of Dvořák’s Ninth Symphony, ‘From the New World’. In the evening, Hrůša conducts Dvořák’s Ninth Symphony and Brahms’ Double Concerto with violinist Isabelle Faust and cellist Sol Gabetta.

For their final International Festival concert on the 09 August 2024, Hrůša leads the Bamberg Symphony and Edinburgh Festival Chorus in Dvořák’s late masterpiece Te Deum with Josef Suk’s most ambitious orchestral work, Asrael.

On the 14 August 2024, cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason joins forces with pianist and composer Harry Baker. This wide-reaching concert explores the enduring inspiration of Johann Sebastian Bach and his impact on musicians across the ages, from Leoš Janáček to Bill Evans, and Lianne La Havas to Laura Mvula. More infomation is available here.

Founded in 1947, the Edinburgh International Festival was the inspired idea of Rudolf Bing, a cultural pioneer and Jewish refugee of the Nazi regime. The Festival welcomes the world to Edinburgh to experience their hand-picked programme of the finest performers in dance opera, music and theatre. Through their artistry, the Festival creates space for reflection and reconciliation, debate and celebration, bringing people of different cultures and viewpoints together.

Photo Credit: Jakub Hrusa – Marian Lenhard; Joana Carneiro – Vasco Vilhena; Sheku Kanneh-Mason – Ollie Ali