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5 Basic Guides - Get to know the Festival


The Festival gives great importance to the educational aspect. All Festival artists share their knowledge and experience in several masterclasses for individual instruments or chamber music groups. Some of the young musicians are also chosen to perform together with the artists in the official festival program. Each of the artists transmit with deep sincerity and commitment their knowledge to the young musicians.

The proximity between artists and young musicians is important and a high priority in the Festival. This is shown through the organisation of masterclasses, the festival string orchestra where artists participate both in the orchestra and as soloists, as well as workshops. The world of music is universal, and Festival Turina wants to open doors, create bonds and help young musicians to get advice and be in contact and interaction with today's most recognised artists in the world, everything here "at home".

The Turina Festival also seeks to bring not only wonderful, recognised musicians to the festival, but human beings of high quality, accessible both to the youth and public. High level and humanity united. The Festival Turina knows that this is possible.

Young chamber music groups participating in the masterclasses can be heard in the Concert Series "Young Musicians" where they are presented for the festival audience and the press. The master classes are open to students worldwide in the level of middle grade students, superior and postgraduate.


One of the elements that best defines the profile of the festival, and makes every single one of its editions unique, is the group of individual artists invited to participate in these intense eight days of chamber music. From various countries and supported by a solvent, International prestige, they rehearse, teach in master classes, participates with the students in the festival string orchestra, and participate as performers in many concerts in various chamber groups.

All concerts take place in emblematic venues of the city of Seville.

These artists, many of whom are known for our audience for the first time at this festival, are motivated and attracted by the excitement and intense sensations that magic chamber music making provides, as well as their meeting with the public and the city.

The uniqueness of live chamber music is the main attraction; impossible to reproduce, a communication can create a shiny new language, intertwined, in which the musicians are supported, give, listen, receive..., and the public... you can not escape from such a transitory beauty and yet so profound experience.

Another highlight of the festival is to create a project where most musicians who come from outside Spain manage to connect and establish a natural relationship with the music of Joaquin Turina, preparing and interpreting various works of the Seville composer during the celebration of Festival.


As Festival artists they later on bring the musical heritage of Andalusia to a wider international audience. The artists also have time to live and enjoy the experience of Seville. their relationship established with the young musicians and the audience leaves a very important cultural well in Seville. For a week, Seville became a crossroads with no boundaries.


The International Chamber Music Festival Joaquín Turina, whose sixth edition will be celebrated in Seville between 4th and 10th of September 2017, is a cultural event of first, International standard. It has become a point of reference within the group of European Festivals of great prestige.

The Festival aims to make known to an ever wider audience, the cultural heritage of Andalusia through the chamber music works of the Seville composer Joaquín Turina in combination with other works from the great chamber music literature.

All the participants become ambassadors of the music of Joaquín Turina, Seville and Spain. 

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Chamber music is the most essential way to make music. In comparison to a soloist, it requires added abilities such as communication and mutual understanding between group members, respect towards the composition and colleagues, a fine tuned capacity to listen, and a sensitivity and flexibility to respond to musical ideas.

The works of Turina are full of vitality, colours, odours and sensations that surround the interpreters. The score offer the freedom and creativity in the interpretation, and his music deserves to be enjoyed and listened to. Taking care of the cultural heritage is a responsibility of all artists, and the knowledge of our own heritage is even more important.

When I years ago came to Spain, already with a passion for chamber music in my luggage, looking for repertoire I discovered a composer named Joaquín Turina, born in Seville and almost unknown outside of Spain. He is also the Spanish composer with the largest amount of chamber music works written. His chamber works were hardly programmed in Seville, or even outside of it, there was no event dedicated to the composer, not a street or a square named after him, just the name of a secondary school and the main hall of the Cajasol Foundation in Laraña Street, we were both born on December 9... Our paths had crossed despite the passage of time.

Nurture and promote the music of Joaquin Turina, combined with transmission of culture and knowledge to young musicians, regardless of their origin and/or culture, created the foundation for the future of the Festival Turina. Joaquin Turina with his chamber works becomes the connection in encounters between musicians, audience and composers of the grand chamber music repertoire.

The Festival Turina believes in the generosity of the great interpreters, who understand the importance of contact and transferring their knowledge to new generations of musicians. It is in reality just another form of nurturing our cultural, intangible heritage.

It is now more than 10 years since the festival began its path, and it is a pleasure to see that the chamber music of Joaquin Turina figure more often in concert programs and activities inside and outside of Spain.

Throughout these years, 66 International musicians have participated in the Festival performing works by Joaquin Turina, and hundreds of young musicians have learned from generous teachers, partly through the music of Joaquin Turina. 

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In the third edition of the Festival a woman who was attending a concert for the first time in her life, and after listening to "Contrasts" by Bartok expressed; "I know nothing about music, but the musicians are «talking» to each other!». The Festival can ́t get a better compliment. Musicians who «speak», and the music they produce, knows no boundaries when reaching the soul of the people, and this is the main objective when programming the works of the Festival.

The programming of works becomes the soul and the strength of each Festival, around which the rest of the essential puzzle of the festival is strung forming a whole. Sometimes it starts with the illusion of wanting to schedule a specific work, sometimes with a desire to listen to certain artists. The musical emotions, phrases or colours of a work require a musician who transmits, and an artist with the ability to make a work stand out, forming part of a repertoire close to the soul of the artist.

The world is full of wonderful musicians and every two years only one, two or three of each instrument can be chosen... How difficult it is! In seven days the musicians have to coexist and make music together; most don ́t know each other personally until they arrive in Seville, and that's when the inquiry, intuition and providence create a puzzle where all the pieces fit, looking for an intense nerve arising when making music, which makes the guests, artists, young musicians and audience at the Festival equally thrilled.

We also seek to have the greatest appeal possible for young musicians. Having the confidence of young musicians is one of the most important pillars for the Festival to be alive and vibrate; young musicians whom arrive from all over the world to learn and play along with artists who are normally very little accessible. The National, Spanish, classical

radio, RNE, has also appreciated and valued the interest and appeal of the artists participation in the festival and have since 2009 recorded and broadcast the festival concerts to an audience of thousands in Spain and Europe.

Before formally presenting the Festival in 2015, we will continue the search for sponsorship, but we want to let you in on some news; The instruments of the artists participating in the 5th Festival Turina are: violin, viola, cello, double bass, soprano, clarinet and piano. 

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