The theme of the Rotterdam Philharmonic Gergiev Festival in 2018 was the 30-year relationship between Valery Gergiev and Rotterdam.

At the age of 35, Valery Gergiev made his debut in Rotterdam in 1988. The concert was a triumph for both conductor and orchestra. When he appeared again in Rotterdam in the last week of November even more sparks flew. After the performance of the Shostakovich Fifth Symphony the audience burst into thunderous applause, wrote NRC Handelsblad. 30 years later, the festival was celebrating this unique bond between conductor and orchestra – a bond that is characterised by intense musicianship. 

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Next festival takes place from 12-15 September 2019.