Dear music lovers
Welcome to the 19th International Music Festival Phnom Penh
This year, the festival's theme is “DISCOVERIES” which is a very familiar issue in today's world. The program introduces works by composers with a view of their art beyond the respective borders, thus reflecting diverse cultures and individual intercultural experiences. Sometimes they even move from one musical environment to another, even a very different one like for example the Cambodian composers Chinary Ung and Bosba Panh.
With a rich and exciting music program, the festival does not only serve to the foreign community, but also to an increasingly enthusiastic Cambodian audience. I am particularly happy about the large number of young Cambodians who attend these concerts during the last years. These young concert visitors are a testimony of a growing middle class in Cambodia, a class with serious cosmopolitan ambitions.
Therefore, again, I warmly invite all music lovers, young and old and also those who are new to classical Western music to take full advantage of the event and its exciting program.
Anton Isselhardt, Festival Director