Istanbul European Capital of Culture 2010 Chopin Piano Weeks opened with Gulsin Onay

Istanbul celebrates the 200th birthday of Chopin at an international series of concerts. Chopin Piano Weeks bring some of the most distinguished Polish, Hungarian, Belgian and Turkish musicians to the European Capital of Culture.

Chopin Piano Weeks took off on April 11 with a magnificent concert featuring Gulsin Onay at the piano. Internationally acknowledged for her exceptional Chopin interpretations and honoured with a Polish State Medal, Onay first performed the dramatic Andante Spianato and Grand Polonaise. This was later followed by a rare chamber performance of the 2nd Piano Concerto with the Spiegel String Quartet and Aykut Dursen, doublebass. The rapturous audience called her back many times until finally she sat down at the piano for the exquisite F-sharp minor Nocturne as an encore.

Chopin Piano Weeks, organised by Artisan Music, continues with Gergely Boganyi’s recital. The brainchild of Mehmet Mestci, this is the only all-Chopin series in the Istanbul European Capital of Culture 2010 programme, and has already made its mark in the concert season. The events bring some of the most distinguished musicians from Poland, Hungary and Belgium on the Turkish stage, including one of L. Bernstein’s favourites Marek Drewnowski.

“Happy Birthday Frédéric!”... celebrations continue

Gulsin Onay will return to the Chopin Piano Weeks on April 19 with her touring recital performance “Happy Birthday Frédéric!”

Following sold out performances in Ankara, Izmir and Eskisehir, Onay is playing her all-Chopin programme in Nakhchivan and Baku this week.

She will continue celebrating the 200th birthday of the composer later in Deutschlandsberg, Bayreuth, Gumusluk and Golandsky International Piano Festivals.

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Posted on 15 Apr 2010 by editor

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