Istanbul Music Festival kicks off 43rd edition with world premiere

The Istanbul International Music Festival unveiled its 43rd annual edition on Sunday night with an opening ceremony and world premiere, kicking off a month-long slate of 27 concerts by some of the classical music worldand’s most highly acclaimed performers from both Turkey and abroad.
The Borusan Istanbul Philharmonic Orchestra (BiFO), under the baton of its star conductor Sascha Goetzel, was joined by tenor Serkan Bodur as it performed the world premiere of Turkish composer Hasan Niyazi Turaand’s and”iehidin Tandurkandusanduand” (Song of a Martyr), a symphonic poem commissioned by the festival, as the festivaland’s opening piece.
Tura was on hand to salute the audience at the end of the performance, an ode to soldiers who were killed 100 years ago in the Battle of Gallipoli in andcanakkale during World War I. Tura has dedicated his work to the memory of his grandfather, who fought in Gallipoli.
The opening gala, which was streamed live from the Istanbul Landutfi Kirdar International Convention and Exhibition Center, also featured a ceremony in which Professor Filiz Ali, the daughter of the slain 20th-century Turkish author Sabahattin Ali and a music educator, pianist, musicologist, critic and author, was presented with the festivaland’s special honor, in recognition of her prolific career that has spanned over 50 years and of her efforts to promote Western classical music in Turkey. Ali is the founder of the Ayvalik International Music Academy (AIMA), an intensive summer master class for promising Turkish and international students of violin, viola, cello, piano, clarinet and flute under the guidance of world-class performers.
h2World stars perform in Istanbulh2 Held under the main theme and”Cultural Landscapes,and” the 43rd Istanbul Music Festival will continue until June 29 in various concert venues around the city.
On Monday, the second night of the festival, the historic Aya irini Museum, a regular festival venue, hosted its first concert of the 2015 program when The 12 Cellists of the Berlin Philharmonic performed the Turkish premiere of German-based Turkish composer Tayfun Erdemand’s and”March of the Blue Butterflies,and” which had its world premiere in October 2013 in the German capital. The concertand’s program featured a diverse repertoire that ranged from Bach to French chansons and to Piazzolla.
On Tuesday night, acclaimed Latvian violinist Gidon Kremer and his chamber orchestra, Kremerata Baltica, take the stage at the Landutfi Kirdar to perform a concert titled and”Seasons,and” whose program includes two Turkish premieres — minimalist composer Philip Glassand’ Violin Concerto No. 2 and”The American Four Seasonsand” and 20th-century composer Mieczyslaw Weinbergand’s and”Chamber Symphony No. 1, Op. 145.and”
On Thursday, the festivaland’s second special honor, the Lifetime Achievement Award, will be bestowed upon the famous Russian ensemble Borodin Quartet. The four members of the string ensemble, which is celebrating its 70th anniversary this year, will receive their award during a ceremony at the Aya irini ahead of their concert with renowned pianist Boris Berezovsky as soloist that night.
Canadian pianist Angela Hewitt, another international star of this yearand’s program, is set for a Friday night recital at the Sandureyya Opera House in KadikandOy, where she will perform a repertoire titled and”Spanish Landscapes,and” made up of sonatas and suites by Scarlatti, Granados, Albeniz and de Falla.
For the full festival program, see http:muzik.iksv.orgen.

SOURCE: Today’s Zaman