Date: January 7 to February 5, 2017
The opening year of the Festival de Música de Canarias declared the ‘European year of music’ and commemorated the tercentenary of Bach, Haendel and Scarlatti. The festival was a personal initiative of the then president, Jerónimo Saavedra in 1985 and the tradition began with European opera companies making good use of their stopovers at the Canary Islands on the way to South America by offering their recitals and performances. Although the Canary Islands, which are a group of islands in the Atlantic Ocean located off at the northwestern coast of Mainland Africa, Morocco and the Western Sahara, are known for the picturesque archipelago beaches, pleasant climate and natural attractions such as Mount Teide (the third largest volcano in the world), the Festival de Música de Canarias takes pride in the talent it showcases instead. Enriching the cultural environment of the region that has a long tradition in contemporary music has been one of the primary goals of the festival since the beginning, and guarantees to keep improving on it. Every year classical music lovers are invited to unite with performances by internationally known orchestras and artists in Tenerife and Gran Canaria.