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Biennale Musica 2016

7 > 16 October 2016

The Biennale Musica will feature 26 concerts, including 46 world premieres, 27 new works for Italy and 25 commissioned works: these include pieces commissioned to Kaija Saariaho, Pascal Dusapin, and Salvatore Sciarrino, who will receive the Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement. For the first time, a few live-sets will be commissioned to musicians from the digital scene. TICKETS >>

History of the Music section

60 festivals since 1930

The Venice Biennale's International Festival of Contemporary Music was established in 1930 and was the first festival to run alongside the International Art Exhibition, that had characterized the birth of the Biennale back in 1895. Over the years, the Festival presented world premieres by Stravinsky, Prokofiev and Nono, and now opens up to the most innovative trends in music today.