Turkish National Youth Philharmonic Orchestra - 2018

Founded and supported by the Sabancı Foundation for 10 years as its Main Supporter, the Turkish National Youth Philharmonic Orchestra (TUGFO) consists of 81 young musicians selected from the conservatories across Turkey and is led by Conductor Cem Mansur,

Turkish National Youth Philharmonic Orchestra - 2018

Founded and supported by the Sabancı Foundation for 10 years as its Main Supporter, the Turkish National Youth Philharmonic Orchestra (TUGFO) consists of 81 young musicians selected from the conservatories across Turkey and is led by Conductor Cem Mansur,

Having attended a training camp at Sabancı University from August 15 to September 4, the Turkish National Youth Philharmonic Orchestra (TUGFO) staged the first concert of the 2018 tour at Zorlu Performing Arts Center (PSM) on Tuesday, September 4.

Led by Conductor Cem Mansur, the Orchestra successfully represented Turkey in 8 concerts staged in the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Austria, Hungary, and Poland, following the Istanbul concert.

In this year’s repertoire of the European tour, the TUGFO had “Divertimento” and “Serenade” by Leonard Bernstein, world-renowned American conductor, composer, author and pianist, who was also Cem Mansur’s mentor, in honor of his 100th birthday, as well as “Symphony No. 5” by Prokofiev and “Piano Concerto No. 24” by Mozart. “Instantanes” by Cemal Reşit Rey was also performed before music lovers in the most important concert halls in Europe.

TUGFO was accompanied by two soloists in the concerts in Europe: Alena Baeva, who has made quite a name for herself with her achievements at a young age, shared the stage with the young musicians of the orchestra performing Bernstein’s “Serenade”, and Stephen Kovacevich, one of the greatest pianists of the 20th century, joined the orchestra for the last leg of the European tour.

Kovacevich, a Grammy nominated artist evoking admiration with his interpretation of some great composers’ pieces, received a standing ovation at the Warsaw Philharmonic Concert Hall, an important European stage for classical music, where he performed with the young musicians.

Meeting with the audience at important halls in European to perform their exclusive repertoire every year, the young talents led by Conductor Cem Mansur, performed this year at the gorgeous Smetana Hall in Prague, the Slovak Radio Concert Studio, one of Bratislava's dominant architectural features, and Radiokulturhaus, a notable culture center in Vienna. The Vienna concert was broadcast by the Austrian Radio and reached a large audience.

2018 Turne Programı

September 4, 2018 Zorlu Performing Arts Center (PSM) Concert, İstanbul
September 5, 2018 Grand Pera Consulate General of the Czech Republic Concert, İstanbul
September 7, 2018 Teplice Concert, Czech Republic
September 9, 2018 Tachov, Czech Republic
September 10, 2018 Prague Concert, Czech Republic
September 12, 2018 Slovak Radio Concert Studio, Slovakia
September 13, 2018 Vienna Concert, Austria
September 14, 2018 Pécs Concert, Hungary
September 16, 2018 Budapest Concert, Hungary
September 18, 2018 Warsaw Concert, Poland

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