The sounds now departing…

A fond farewell to the Istanbul Music Festival

By John Shakespeare Dyson | June 8, 2018


Your reviewer’s final foray into the 46th İKSV İstanbul Music Festival was a concert on the platform of Sirkeci Railway Station on Wednesday, June 6. Featuring the Turkish singer Meral Azizoğlu and the Hungarian ‘Gypsy Fire’ ensemble, the music was preceded by a talk given by the novelist and short...
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Strings and things

Mischa Maisky and the Franz Liszt Chamber Orhcestra at the Aya İrini – the Istanbul Music Festival reviews (part 4)

By John Shakespeare Dyson | June 6, 2018


The fourth event your reviewer attended during the 46th İKSV İstanbul Music Festival was a concert by the Franz Liszt Chamber Orchestra and cellist Mischa Maisky at the Aya İrini on Saturday, June 2. This was a feast of ultra-professional string sound – a real string beano, in fact. (Reader...
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Thunderstruck!

John Shakespeare Dyson was grolloped by his third Istanbul Festival offering: the Filarmonica della Scala and Daniil Trifonov…

By John Shakespeare Dyson | May 29, 2018


Well, now. Your reviewer is still reeling from the pianist’s performance at the concert on Sunday night (Filarmonica della Scala and Daniil Trifonov at the Lütfi Kırdar Concert Hall, May 27) – the third event he attended during the 46th İKSV İstanbul Music Festival. Will he recover in time to...
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Into Smaug’s Lair with a horsehair bow: Charlie Siem and the Tekfen Philharmonic

Rachmaninov’s Symphonic Dances and Tchaikovsky’s cruel challenge: Cornucopia’s Istanbul Festival reviews continue at Aya İrini

By John Shakespeare Dyson | May 27, 2018


I never thought I would ever hear Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto in D Major played by an old Etonian, let alone in a Byzantine church in İstanbul, but that is exactly what happened on Friday evening (May 25) at the second of the concerts I attended during the 46th İKSV Istanbul...
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Roll over Rachmaninov… after the mellow langour the fireworks begin

Yekwon Sunwoo and the Borusan Istanbul Philharmonic Orchestra: a heart-warming first night of the Istanbul Festival

By John Shakespeare Dyson | May 24, 2018


The 46th İstanbul Music Festival, organised by the İstanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts (İKSV), kicked off with a concert at the Lütfi Kırdar Concert Hall last night (Wednesday, May 23). Once again I was prompted to reflect on how far we have come since I first attended a classical...
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Formidable feast

Javier Perianes brings bravura, moodiness and passion to Chopin, Debussy and de Falla at SMM’s concert hall, the Seed

By John Shakespeare Dyson | April 11, 2018


The Spanish pianist Javier Perianes arrived in Istanbul on Tuesday April 10 hotfoot from a lunchtime recital at the Wigmore Hall in London the previous day and is to be heartily congratulated for demonstrating that the lyricism for which he has been justly praised cannot be compromised by being shaken...
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Young masters of the horn

The horn maestro Radovan Vlatković returns to Urla for the 2017 UMA masterclasses

By Berrin Torolsan and John Scott | September 14, 2017


The great Croatian horn-player Radovan Vlatković is giving the first of this year’s masterclasses at the Urla Music Academy (UMA). Four days of happy music-making culminate in a concert at 7pm on Saturday evening (September 17). Tickets are free (and donations towards a wonderful musical project most welcome). Okan Akbaş...
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Young meets old

An orchestra is born: the annual reincarnation of the amazing Turkish National Youth Philharmonic Orchestra

By The Cornucopia Blog | July 22, 2016


As we’ve experienced in Istanbul this summer, music can provide a welcome distraction and act as a soothing balm. Yet it can also serve a deeper purpose, for both listeners and musicians. The Turkish National Youth Philharmonic Orchestra, or Türkiye Gençlik Filarmoni Orkestrası (TGFO), spearheaded by the acclaimed Turkish conductor...
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Classical music engulfs the Bodrum peninsula

The 13th International Gümüşlük Classical Music Festival runs from July 3 until August 11

By Emma Harper | July 13, 2016


Bodrum may not be the most isolated holiday spot in Turkey, but the peninsula boasts some quiet retreats, like the small fishing village of Gümüşlük. Far away from the hustle and bustle of Bodrum Marina, the sleepy town is brought to life each summer by the Gümüşlük Classical Music Festival,...
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‘If music be the food of love, play on’

The 44th Istanbul Music Festival’s programme is announced

By Emma Harper | February 3, 2016


If you’re looking for inspiration, Shakespeare’s mellifluous verse is certainly a good place to start. Or at least that’s the philosophy of the Istanbul Arts and Culture Foundation (IKSV), which announced today that the theme for the 44th Istanbul Music Festival is inspired in part by a line in Shakespeare’s...
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AyseDeniz’s Nirvana Project

By Tony Barrell | December 28, 2015


The last time that AyşeDeniz Gökçin came to our attention, she was adapting the music of Pink Floyd for the classical piano, with a nod to Franz Liszt (see ‘Magical Movements’, Cornucopia 50). Some of those Floyd songs dealt with serious subjects such as insanity and alienation, but now the...
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Lapping up classical sounds in Gümüşlük

By THE CORNUCOPIA BLOG | July 24, 2015


If you find yourself holidaying in Bodrum or around the Muğla region in the next few weeks, we can’t recommend the Gümüşlük Classical Music Festival more strongly. Taking place in the small fishing village of Gümüşlük, the month-long festival is co-curated by Turkey’s leading pianist Gülsin Onay, who, unsurprisingly, delivers...
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Prepare to be spellbound…

The Klasik Keyifler August concert series

By Dayna Tellibayraktar | July 15, 2015


The weekend of August 1 kicks off three weeks of lively music from Klasik Keyifler – a collaboration of devoted musicians, both students and professionals, who will perform concerts in candle-lit caves across Cappadocia. Organiser and renowned violinist Ellen Jewett hopes the 23-day classical music extravaganza will bring together locals,...
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Classical sounds

The 43rd Istanbul Music Festival

By Victoria Khroundina | May 8, 2015


Turkey’s biggest classical music festival begins at the end of the month, with 27 concerts staged over four weeks. Now in its 43rd edition, the theme this year is ‘Cultural Landscapes’, which is a reference to the nationalist movement that arose due to the strengthening of ties between various European...
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