News for aspiring opera singers

The 8th Leyla Gencer Voice Competition

By Victoria Khroundina | May 14, 2015


There's just two more weeks to apply for this edition of the Leyla Gencer Voice Competition. Organised by the Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts (IKSV) and the Accademia Teatro alla Scala – and named after the first lady of Turkish opera, the late Leyla Gencer – the competition is...
Posted in Music and Performing Arts, Opera, News

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...
Posted in Music and Performing Arts, Classical Music

Call for applications: 2015 Arif Mardin Music Fellowship

Deadline: March 1, 2015

By Victoria Khroundina | February 10, 2015


It’s the time of year again when applications are being accepted for the Arif Mardin Music Fellowship. Launched in 2007 by The American Turkish Society (ATS) in memory of the world-renowned producer Arif Mardin (1932–2006) – who was also the Vice Chairman of the ATS for many years – the Fellowship aims...
Posted in Music and Performing Arts, News

Autumn jazz

Highlights of the Akbank Jazz Festival

By Victoria Khroundina | October 23, 2014


A lot more accessible (and in some ways interesting) than the major IKSV-run Istanbul Jazz Festival that takes place during the summer, the Akbank Jazz Festival – with the moniker ‘the city in a state of jazz’ – starts today. Now in its 24th year, this popular jazz festival brings...
Posted in Music and Performing Arts, Jazz

Ahmet Ertegün’s lasting legacy

By Victoria Khroundina | September 25, 2014


Fresh news from the Turkish Cultural Foundation that the young opera singer Önay Kağan Köse is the recipient of the 2014–2015 Ahmet Ertegün Memorial Scholarship. Köse has won the scholarship for the fifth time and in this coming year will be studying under Dr Robert C White Jr, a professor...
Posted in Music and Performing Arts, Opera, News

Music to the eyes

‘Plurivocality’ at Istanbul Modern

By Victoria Khroundina | August 5, 2014


As it celebrates its 10th anniversary, Istanbul Modern is exploring the history of visual art in Turkey and in the surrounding region. From January to June, Neighbours examined contemporary art in Turkey and neighbouring countries with close historical, political and/or cultural ties. The latest exhibition focuses on the relationship between visual...
Posted in Contemporary Art, Exhibitions, Music and Performing Arts

Sir Edward Elgar in Turkey

Conference and recital

By Victoria Khroundina | June 4, 2014


A special event will take place at the Pera Museum tomorrow at which the music historian and Cornucopia contributor Dr Emre Aracı will honour the great British composer Sir Edward Elgar on the 80th commemoration of his death. Some years back, Aracı came across a diary of Elgar’s in which...
Posted in Music and Performing Arts, News

Dance, dance, dance

By Victoria Khroundina | May 14, 2014


Next Tuesday, this year’s International Dance Festival, now its 15th edition, will open in Bodrum for five days of dancing, music and colour. There will be dance competitions, photography contests, street performances, a parade, cultural workshops and dance parties, all open to the public and all free to attend.  The...
Posted in Music and Performing Arts, News

Sweet harmonies on the Aegean

Ayvalık International Music Academy 2014

By Victoria Khroundina | May 9, 2014


There’s just one month left to apply for the 2014 Ayvalık International Music Academy (AIMA). Founded in 1998 by Prof. Filiz Ali, one of the most dynamic of Turkey’s musicologists, AIMA has blossomed into a centre of musical excellence. As in every year, this year’s line-up of teachers is impressive....
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Smooth sounds, silky vocals

Önder Foçan and Meltem Ege Group ‘Songbook’

By Victoria Khroundina | May 1, 2014


Yesterday was International Jazz Day and to celebrate we have a new jazz CD available from the Cornucopia store. The renowned guitarist Önder Foçan has been playing jazz since 1975 and has been the artistic director of Nardis Jazz Club since 2002. In 2012, he recorded his latest album, Songbook,...
Posted in Music and Performing Arts, Jazz

TCF Fellowships

Applications now open

By THE CORNUCOPIA BLOG | April 23, 2014


A good thing to keep in the back of the mind is the Turkish Cultural Foundation’s (TCF) fellowship programme. There are two types: the Fellowship in Turkish Culture and Art and the Cultural Exchange Fellowship.  The TCF Fellowship in Turkish Culture and Art has provided funding to young and established scholars since...
Posted in Contemporary Art, Culinary Arts, Design, Film, Fine Art, History, Islamic Art, Literature, Museums, Music and Performing Arts, News

Rigoletto in Naples 1924 (Ankara Opera)

A personal opinion

By Haluk Direskeneli | March 24, 2014


Money doesn’t buy everything, but it can buy you an opera ticket, and when Giuseppe Verdi's Rigoletto was staged six times as part of Ankara State Opera’s 2013–14 season, I was there to see all six performances. Opera critics in Turkey are expected to be graduates of the conservatory and...
Posted in Music and Performing Arts, Opera

Opera in Ankara

An ‘Abduction’ in many tongues

By Haluk Direskeneli | March 10, 2014


One has to admire Yekta Kara’s staging of The Abduction from the Seraglio at the Ankara State Opera House. I was frankly sceptical about her previous productions, which I found unusual, not to say maverick. This is different. It is, in a word, fantastic. Elsewhere in the world, all the...
Posted in Music and Performing Arts, Opera

Anatolian Inspirations

ModernWorks Ensemble and NY2 Dance at Freer Gallery

By THE CORNUCOPIA BLOG | March 3, 2014


If in Washington DC, don’t miss a special performance event this Thursday (March 6) at the Freer Art Gallery. The New York-based new-music ensemble ModernWorks will perform fascinating works by Turkish composers, which have been composed for Turkish as well as Western instruments. The evening will also feature a performance...
Posted in Exhibitions, History, Music and Performing Arts, Photography

Music summer programme in Boston

2014 Arif Mardin Music Fellowship

By THE CORNUCOPIA BLOG | February 24, 2014


Young musicians or friends and family of young musicians, take note: there’s just five days left to apply for this year’s Arif Mardin Music Fellowship. As in previous years, the fellowship culminates in a five-week summer programme (from July 12 to August 15, 2014) at the prestigious Berklee College of...
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Serâ Tokay at Carnegie Hall

By Victoria Khroundina | January 27, 2014


Tomorrow (January 28), French–Turkish conductor Serâ Tokay will conduct the Lutèce Philharmonia, a chamber orchestra composed of a string quintet and a range of brass and woodwind instruments that she formed in 2011, through a repertoire featuring Berg, Schönberg and Webern at the Carnegie Hall in New York.  Tokay was born in...
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Middle Eastern Studies under the spotlight

The Fourth World Congress for Middle Eastern Studies

By Victoria Khroundina | January 3, 2014


The Fourth World Congress for Middle Eastern Studies (WOCMES), touted as ‘the most important global event in Middle Eastern studies in 2014’ will take place at the Middle East Technical University (METU) in Ankara between August 18th and 22nd, 2014. Organised in collaboration between the METU and the Turkish Social...
Posted in Culinary Arts, Design, Film, Fine Art, History, Islamic Art, Literature, Music and Performing Arts, News

The year that was…

By Victoria Khroundina | December 30, 2013


With just a few days left of 2013, it’s time to look back on the year that was.  The year 2013 will be etched in history as the year of the Gezi protests. It all started with a tree, so to speak, in late May when a group of people...
Posted in Architecture, Contemporary Art, Culinary Arts, Design, Exhibitions, Film, History, Museums, Music and Performing Arts, Protest Music, Nature, News, Gezi Protests, Photography, Sport

Boğaziçi University to host international thinkers and artists

The ‘Boğaziçi Chronicles’ residency programme

By Victoria Khroundina | October 29, 2013


Boğaziçi University – originally founded as Robert College in 1863 by a missionary, Cyrus Hamlin, and a businessman, Christopher R Robert  – is celebrating it's 150th birthday by hosting international academics, artists, writers, philosophers and historians as part of its ‘Boğaziçi Chronicles’ programme. The residency programme, says the programme's co-ordinator,...
Posted in Film, History, Literature, Music and Performing Arts, News, Photography

The caravan moves on

Scotland's first International Rumi Festival

By Julie Witford | August 9, 2013


The Beshara School at Chisholme House in the Scottish Borders hosted its first International Rumi Festival last weekend (August 2–4) The artists, musicians, performers and guests numbered well over 300. Yurts, geodesic domes and a circular pavilion transformed the lawns of this beautiful Georgian estate high in the Border hills...
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