International Music Day was initiated by the former president of The International Music Council Mr Yehudi Menuhin over 40 years ago to promote the art of music. International Music Day puts musical art in the center of our attention encouraging us think about the importance of music and its place in modern life.
The Estonian Music Council organizes International Music Day every year on the 1st of October. International Music Day promotes music culture and gives an insight into musicians’ profession by making music events accessible to everyone. It hosts different styles of music from classical and jazz to folk and choral music. This year, over 150 free concerts take place all over Estonia. Next to traditional music venues, concerts are held in some of the most unexpected places– such as hospitals, shopping centers, public transport and many others. Music Day culminates with Estonian Classical and Jazz Music Awards Ceremony, which is broadcasted live on ETV.
In 2015 we staged over 250 free concerts in one day around the country. Year 2016 is the first time, Estonian musicians celebrate International Music Day by giving a concert abroad.
In the future, we hope to see International Music Day become a grand project celebrated all across Europe.