International Music Festival of the Canary Islands 2017

The Festival Internacional de Música de Canarias includes a variety of concerts in Lanzarote and La Graciosa during the month of January, plus one date in February 2017-


This is the 33rd edition of the music festival to be held in the Canary Islands. The varied event programme will bring 650 musicians from around the world who will be performing 78 works during 89 concerts. The concerts have been split across the archipelago with 17 in Gran Canaria, 16 in Tenerife, 11 in Fuerteventura, 10 in La Palma, 10 in Lanzarote, 7 in La Gomera, 6 in El Hierro and 4 in La Graciosa.

The concerts taking place on the island of La Graciosa have free entry. The concerts in Lanzarote have an entry fee ranging from €8 to €20.

Concert programme for Lanzarote & Graciosa:

7 January | Cuarteto de La Habana | Iglesia de La Graciosa | 20.00 Free

8 January | Cuarteto de La Habana | Teatro de Tías | 21.00 €8

Cuarteto de Cuerdas de la Habana

The Havanna String Quartet begins in Caleta de Sebo ( La Graciosa island) his island tour until January 16 with southamerican classic repertoire (Ginastera, Villa-Lobos, Brouwer), which also includes scores of the canary composer Juan Manuel Ruiz. 

12 January | Mahler Chamber Orchestra | Teatro El Salinero | 21.00 €15

Camara musicos de la mahler chamber orchestra

The Mahler Chamber Orchestra, under the baton of the young Czech conductor Jakub Hrusa and Frank-Peter Zimmermann as soloist, will open the Festival on Jan.7th at the Auditorio de Tenerife 'Adán Martín'. They will perform works by Prokofiev, Dvorak and the canary composer Gustavo A. Trujillo, repeating program the next day at the Alfredo Kraus Auditorium in Gran Canaria. Subsequently, a chamber group of musicians from the Mahler Chamber Orchestra will offer four concerts from Jan.10th to Jan. 14th in Fuerteventura, Lanzarote, La Palma, La Gomera and El Hierro. 

17 January | Pedro Barboza Patchwork Ensemble | Convento de Santo Domingo (Teguise) | 21.00 €8

Pedro Barboza

Less conventional scenarios are added as new to this edition of the festival, like the historical Mata’s Castle in the capital of Gran Canaria and the cultural space El Tanque in Santa Cruz de Tenerife, which will house another proposed merger of music and video art, plus dance and poetry: the venezuelan Patchwork Ensemble, led by musician Pedro Barboza. They also will perform in Lanzarote, Fuerteventura and in La Palma, from Jan. 15th to January 20th. Tickets €8

19 January | Ensemble Villa de La Orotava | Iglesia Virgen del Carmen | 20.00 Free entry

20 January | Ensemble Villa de La Orotava | Casa de la Cultura Benito Pérez Armas | 21.00 €8

21 January | Banda Municipal de Santa Cruz | Auditorio Jameos del Agua | 21.00 €8

Another novelty in the 33rd Festival is the addition to the programming of the Town Band of Santa Cruz de Tenerife and the Town Band of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria. Tenerife’s formation with Felipe Neri as conductor, will perform outdoors on Jan. 20th in Caleta de Sebo in La Graciosa, to continue touring until Jan. 24th to Lanzarote, Fuerteventura and Gran Canaria. Meanwhile, the Band from Las Palmas G.C. will present Oscar Navarro as guest conductor and will be responsible for putting an end to the Festival, with four concerts in Tenerife, La Palma, La Gomera and El Hierro, from Feb. 2nd until Feb. 6th.The canary formation Ensemble Villa de La Orotava, specifically its wind octet, also will join the Festival 2017 with a classical repertoire (Haydn, Beethoven, Von Weber, Krommer) and will perform from La Graciosa to Gran Canaria, through all the islands, from Jan. 19th to Jan. 29th.

22 January | Banda Sinfónica de Tenerife | Muelle de La Graciosa | 12.00 Free entry

22 January | Dúo Antwerp | Sala El Aljibe de Haría | 20.00 €8

23 January | Dúo Antwerp | Iglesia de La Graciosa | 20.00 Free entry

Duo antwerp

Coming from Antwerp, Antwerp Duet, formed by Adilia Yip (marimba) and Daniel Belloví (clarinet). They also will perform through the eight islands, from Jan. 21st to Jan. 28th, starting in Gran Canaria and ending in El Hierro. They will display their expertise in performing contemporary repertoire and several scores of current Spanish composers. Tickets €8

27 January | Quantum Ensemble | Teatro El Salinero | 21.00 €15

Quantum Ensemble

The resident formation of Tenerife’s Auditorium, Quantum Ensemble, also will join the Festival with a program called 'Zíngaros' (Liszt, Bartok, Brahms). Their concerts will take place on stages in Gran Canaria, Lanzarote, Fuerteventura, La Palma and La Gomera, from Jan. 26th and Jan.30th. David Ballesteros (violin), Cristo Barrios (clarinet) and Gustavo Díaz-Jerez (piano), will join this time the violinist of the Trio Arbós, Cecilia Bercovich, and the solo cellist of the National Orchestra of Spain, Angel Luis Quintana. Tickets €15

28 January | Ensemble Mozaik | Teatro El Salinero  | 21.00 €15

Ensemble mosaik

The Ensemble Mosaik from Berlin, a specialist in experimental music, will perform scores of the canary composer A. Martin Leandro. Tickets €15.

29 January | Irina Peña e Ignacio Clemente | Cueva de Los Verdes | 20.00 €8

Irina Pena

Arts Duo, formed by the canary musicians Irina Peña (violin) and Ignacio Clemente (piano), will offer through five islands a tribute to French impressionism with works by Debussy and Ravel, and Falla’s nationalism. They will perform from Jan. 24th and to Jan.29th in Tenerife, Gran Canaria, Fuerteventura, La Palma and Lanzarote. Tickets €8

3 February | Orquesta Sinfónica de Tenerife | Auditorio de Jameos del Agua | 21.00 €20

Orquesta sinfonica tenerife

Further programme and ticket information can be found on the event website: