The Johor Bahru Classical Music Festival is coming back

JOHOR BAHRU –  The Johor Bahru Classical Music Festival is coming back for a third year, as it runs from the 27th to 29th July 2017. The festival features...

JOHOR BAHRU –  The Johor Bahru Classical Music Festival is coming back for a third year, as it runs from the 27th to 29th July 2017. The festival features 4 main concerts, as well as 6 masterclasses and workshops by a talented string of local and international top-class orchestras and performers. This year’s programmes will be hosted at the brand-new Amari Johor Bahru, with the festival finale taking place at Pinewood Iskandar Malaysia Studios.


Presented by Johor Bahru: International Festival City (JB:IFC) and more than 20 supporting partners, this year’s festival explores the synchronisation of influences, styles and ideas – illustrating music at its most universal. From analysing the epic soundtrack of Star Wars to experiencing heartfelt love songs composed by a King, the line-up this time around brings a unique perspective and flavour from Malaysia, alongside international participation from Thailand, Spain, France and Japan. The interactive and engaging programme will also serve as invaluable input to, and exposure for, young aspiring classical musicians to come.


“The Classical Music Festival 2017 aims to excite musical interest and to emphasise the transcendence and relevance of classical music – that it isn’t just for the learned or generations before us, but it is an avenue for storytelling for all. The Festival is also a precious learning and networking opportunity for aspiring musicians to exchange views and opinions with high-calibre musicians as well as to develop a deeper passion and understanding of classical music and how relevant it is to the stories of our times,” said Jonathan Oh, Festival Curator of the JB Classical Music Festival.


The Classical Music Festival 2017 is supported by our Premier Partner, UEM Sunrise. Strategic and supporting partners of the festival include Think City, Iskandar Regional Development Authority (IRDA), Associated Board of the Royal School of Music (ABRSM) and Yayasan Sime Darby. We are also honoured to have Amari Johor Bahru as the official venue and accommodation partner.



The Festival has something for everyone – aspiring musicians, music enthusiasts, as well as those who are just looking for something different and exciting to check out on the weekend. The full line-up is attached in the Press Kit.

            The Festival opens with Sans Frontières – a musical melting pot of cultures

The Festival opens with a multi-cultural collaboration of top-notch musicians from Spain, France and Japan. The title itself – Sans Frontières, paints the transcendental nature of music into the picture of collaboration across cultures, time and borders. Featuring violinist Sayaka Ohira (Japan), Benjamin Fabre (France) on viola, pianist Mireia Frutos Fernandez (Spain), and cellist Ivan Torres (Spain).

             Siam Sinfonietta Headlines Festival Programme with A Thai Odyssey

Headlining the concert programme this year is Thailand’s highly-acclaimed symphony orchestra, Siam Sinfonietta with A Thai Odyssey on the final night of the festival. Conducted by co-founder and Thai-American composer Somtow Sucharitkul, the celebrated orchestra presents an explosive programme which includes love songs from the late Thai king Rama IX, Bela Bartok’s The Miraculous Mandarin. The concert will bring the festival to an exciting close with conductor Somtow’s own composition – the Suriyothai Suite.

Jazz Up – Rhapsody in Blue,

feat. The National Symphony Orchestra Wind Ensemble

The National Symphony Orchestra Wind Ensemble teams up with Misa Yamamoto and Julian Chan to explore one of the most popular jazz composers of all time, George Gershwin. In addition to Gershwin classics, things are spiced up with the fun and witty Scaramouche by Darius Milhaud and a beautiful French classic, Le Temps des Cerises (The Time of Cherries).

Journey to the West Side,

feat. Philharmonic Winds of Malaysia

Philharmonic Winds of Malaysia takes us on an escapade in realising the human condition through love and heartache. From the youthful strides of Márquez Danzón to the ‘symphonic dances’ of two gangs in New York from Bernstein’s critically-acclaimed West Side Story, the ensemble will be performing alongside renowned Euphonium talent Bastian Baumet in an eclectically charming programme.



In addition to the individual show tickets that will be available for purchase on TicketPro at, there are two festival passes available for festival goers:



Access to:

Sans Frontières

Jazz Up – Rhapsody in Blue

All Workshops and Special Events

Observer Access to Masterclass



Access to:

Journey to the West Side

A Thai Odyssey

All Workshops and Special Events

Observer Access to Masterclass

RM100.00 RM200.00

Individual show tickets:


Programme VIP


Regular Price (RM) Concession Price (RM)
Sans Frontieres 80 30
Jazz Up – Rhapsody in Blue 80 30
Journey to the West Side 150 80 30
A Thai Odyssey 200 100 50
Violin Masterclass Participants: 100

Observers: 20

Star Wars Special Event 20
All Workshops 20


Tickets for workshops, masterclasses and special events are available for purchase on Eventbrite at

For more information and enquiries for bulk purchases, please contact:


Ms. Charmaine Wong

Communications Manager

(+60)17-7430755 / (+60)19-7139900