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14 & 15 October 2017, Saturday & Sunday, 20:00 | Bilkent Concert Hall

Season Opening Concertsferhan&ferzan

Darrell Ang, conductor
Ferhan & Ferzan Önder Piano Duo

F. Say | Concerto for Two Pianos and Orchestra
D. Shostakovich | Symphony No.12 in D minor, Op.112 “The Year 1917”

Dear Concert-Goers, 
Unfortunately Fazıl Say, who is the soloist of our opening concerts on 14 – 15 October 2017, has to postpone his concerts because of serious health problems. We regret to inform for this change and wish Fazıl Say quick recovery. 

“Irresistible… Darrell Ang’s star is on the ascent!” SudOuest, France
“To say that Ang grabbed both horns of the bull, like a young Leonard Bernstein in 1943 (he subbed for an ailing Bruno Walter), would be an understatement, and the chorus of bravos that greeted the magnificent performance was well earned. A star is born.” The Straits Times, Singapore

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21 October 2017, Saturday, 20:00 | Bilkent Concert Hall

Fantastic Cencicme cencic kopya

Christian Schumann, conductor
Max Emmanuel Cencic, countertenor

W.A. Mozart | Ascanio in Alba, KV.111, “Cara lontano ancora”
W.A. Mozart | Ascanio in Alba, KV.111, “Ah di si nobil alma”
W.A. Mozart | Mitridate re di Ponto, KV.74A “Venga Pur”
G. Rossini | La Gazza Ladra Overture
G. Rossini | Tancredi, “O Patria”
S. Prokofiev | Symphony No.6 in E flat minor, Op.111

“A shining star of the new German conductor generation.” Neue Zürcher Zeitung

“Mr Cencic is blessed with the finest countertenor voice of our day.” Opernwelt

28 October 2017, Saturday, 20:00 | Bilkent Concert Hall

The Spirit of Festivity with StringsMichael Maciaszczyk

Michael Maciaszczyk, conductor

E. Elgar | Introduction and Allegro, Op.47
S. Barber | Adagio for Strings
H. Purcell | Chacony in G minor (Arr.: B. Britten)
B. Britten | Prelude and Fugue, Op.29
G. Holst | St. Paul’s Suite
P. Warlock | Capriol Suite

04 November 2017, Saturday, 20:00 | Bilkent Concert Hall

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Environmental Symphony with Halit Ergenç

Matthew Coorey, conductor
Giorgi Kharadzé, violoncello
Halit Ergenç, narrator
J. Brahms | Academic Festival Overture, Op.80
P.I. Tchaikovsky | Variations on a Rococo Theme, Op.33
A. Zavod | Environmental Symphony

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In Memory of Atatürk

10 November 2017, Friday, 20.00 | CSO Concert Hall

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Presidential Symphony Orchestra (CSO) Bilkent Symphony Orchestra

Matthew Coorey, conductor
Selçuk Yöntem, narrator

R. Strauss | Also Sprach Zarathustra, Op.30
E.S. Kaleli | The Portrait of Atatürk as a Young General: 10 Fragments, World premiere, BSO & CSO commission
I. Stravinsky | Firebird Suite (1919)

18 November 2017, Saturday, 20:00 | Bilkent Concert Hall

Two Pianos Concertrengim gokmen 17

Rengim Gökmen, conductor
Özgür Aydın, pianoMuhiddin Dürrüoğlu, piano

J.S. Bach | Concerto for Two Pianos in C minor, BWV.1060
C. Saint-Saens | Carnival of the Animals
P. I. Tchaikovsky | Symphony No.6 in B minor, Op.74 “Pathétique”

25 November 2017, Saturday, 20:00 | Bilkent Concert Hall

Horn & HornJustus-Thorau

Justus Thorau, conductor
Marie-Luise Neunecker, horn
Güloya Altay, horn

W.A. Mozart | Concerto for Horn No.2 in E flat major, KV.417
J. Haydn | Concerto for Two Horn in E flat major
R. Strauss | Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme, Op.60

“The truly royal Marie-Luise Neunecker plays the horn with melodic grace and effortless, supple lines, something other horn players can only dream of.” Berliner Morgenpost

2 December 2017, Saturday, 20:00 | Bilkent Concert Hall

Legend at BilkentZacharias(c)OCL und Nicole Chuard

Christian Zacharias, conductor & piano

J. Haydn | Symphony No.49 in F minor “La Passione”
W.A. Mozart | Concerto for Piano No.14 in E flat major, KV.449L. van Beethoven | Symphony No.2 in D major, Op.36

“…that’s what his art is all about – not imposing a view, but letting each piece grow at its own pace.” The Independent

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9 December 2017, Saturday, 20:00 | Bilkent Concert Hall

The Sound of NatureVassilis Varvaresos kopya

Tito Ceccherini, conductor
Vassilis Varvaresos, piano

S. Prokofiev | Concerto for Piano No.2 in G minor, Op.16
G. Mahler | Symphony No.1 in D major “Titan”

“Tito Ceccherini has created a timbres’ frame of amazing beauty … In the second part he has achieved with the orchestra an exemplary version of the Suite from The Miraculous Mandarin.” Il Corriere Della Sera

“Varvaresos not only has a natural yet finely honed technique, it springs as one with the wide scope of profound musicianship. Varvaresos engaged his audience with a performance that sizzled from start to finish.” New York Concert Review

16 December 2017, Saturday, 20:00 | Bilkent Concert Hall

Pure Music

Xavier De Maistre kopyaBruno Mantovani, conductor
Xavier De Maistre, harp

R. Schumann | Genoveva Overture, Op.81
A. Ginastera | Concerto for Harp, Op.25
R. Schumann | Symphony No.3 in E flat major, Op.97 “Rhenish”

“Xavier de Maistre is a virtuoso of the highest order, profoundly musical and capable of realizing a remarkable range of nuance.” Gramophone

23 December 2017, Saturday, 20:00 | Bilkent Concert Hall

Tango… Tango…Ksenija Sidorova kopya

Ferenc Gábor, conductor

Ksenija Sidorova, accordion

A. Piazzolla | Tangazo
A. Piazzolla | Concerto for Bandoneon “Aconcagua”
G. Bizet | Carmen excerps
A. Ginastera | Four Dances from Estancia, Op.8a

“The silver lining was Ksenija Sidorova … for she has the ability to steal a musical heart.” The Telegraph

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28 & 29 December 2017, Thursday & Friday, 20:00 | Bilkent Concert Hall

New Year’s Concerts

Petrou 01 by Ilias Sakalak

Georg Petrou, conductor
Wolfgang Bankl, bass

Waltzes, Polkas, Songs
Johann Strauss

Carl Millöcker

Josef Strauss
Johann Strauss II
Rudolf Sieczinski

“Petrou is a great, recent phenomenon on the Baroque scene, and he will surely achieve much more that is notable.” Classical Source

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3 February 2018, Saturday, 20:00 | Bilkent Concert Hall

Pictures at an Exhibitionjulian_steckel kopya

Vladimir Ponkin, conductor
Julian Steckel, violoncello

A. Keçebaşoğlu | Introspection, World premiere, BSO commission
E. Elgar | Concerto for Violoncello in E minor, Op.85
M. Mussorgsky – M. Ravel | Pictures at an Exhibition

“Ponkin’s baton technique is brilliant… The mastery of this vibrant, musically gifted and insightful conductor should be particularly noted. There is no doubt of his talent. He will be heard of in the future.” Corriere della SeraMilan

“… was a treat for cello enthusiasts, providing the highest standard of playing as one has become used to from Steckel. …he won the hearts of the audience with his skilful, polished play that was oozing sensitivity to music and instrument with every note. He has magical hands that create superb musicianship and he seems to have everything in place: technical skill, sensitivity, charisma and intuition. … downright magisterial …” Spiegel, Eduardo Strausser

“… a real force of nature. His conducting is imbued with charisma, stage presence, and good chemistry with the orchestra …” Daily Revolution

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10 & 11 February, 2018 Saturday & Sunday, 20:00 | Bilkent Concert Hall

Valentine’s Day ConcertsGalliano ©Jean-Baptiste Millot

Eduardo Strausser, conductor
Richard Galliano, accordion
Impulse Tango Company
Choreography: Galip Emre
Dancers: Müge Aslankara, Mehmet Arıdoğan
R. Galliano | Melodicelli
R. Galliano | Habanerando
R. Galliano | Tango pour ClaudeA. Piazzolla | Oblivion
R. Galliano | La Valse a Margaux
G.M. Rodríguez – R. Galliano | La Cumparsita
P.I. Tchaikovsky | Romeo and Juliet
G. Gershwin | Oh, Kay!
“In the past, there never seemed to have been one great artist associated with the accordion, an instrument that, because of its connotations, seemed as far removed from swing as it is possible to be. Then along came Richard Galliano, fired by an unrivalled determination to share his conviction that the accordion was worthy to have a place at the heart of jazz alongside the saxophone and trumpet.” Deutsche Grammophon

Valentine’s Day Concert Live on YouTube, 11 February, 20.00

15 February 2018, Thursday, 20:00 | Bilkent Concert Hall

Midori & Özgür Aydın Recital

Midori, violin
Özgür Aydın, piano

W.A. Mozart | Violin Sonata No.36 in F major, KV.547
C. Franck | Violin Sonata in A major, M.8
F. Schubert | Violin Sonata in G minor, D.408
O. Respighi | Violin Sonata in B minor, P.110

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17 February 2018, Saturday, 20:00 | Bilkent Concert Hall

Midori with BSOmidori

Christoph Mathias Mueller, conductor
Midori, violin

Y.U.C. Thurston | World premiere, BSO commission
R. Schumann | Concerto for Violin in D minor
C. Debussy | Pelléas et Mélisande Suite (Arr.: Marius Constant)

“Without a doubt among the most gifted and most interesting conductors of his generation.” Gazeta Kultura, Moscow

“More than 30 years after bursting on the scene as a pint-size violin prodigy, Midori continues to set an example for how to be an engaged musician in the modern world.” San Francisco Chronicle

25 February 2018, Sunday, 20:00 | Bilkent Concert Hall

In Memory of İhsan DoğramacıPhilippe Grauvogel

Gürer Aykal, conductor
Philippe Grauvogel, oboe
Irina Nikotina, violin

W.A. Mozart | Concerto for Oboe in C major, KV.314 / KV.271k
J.S. Bach | Concerto for Violin and Oboe in D minor, BWV.1060a
D. Shostakovich | Symphony No.9 in E flat major, Op.70

3 March 2018, Saturday, 20:00 | Bilkent Concert Hall

Different Colors

Jonathan Berman, conductor
I Solisti Della Scala
Fabien Thouand
, oboe
Fabrizzio Meloni, clarinet
Jorge Monte de Fez, horn
Gabriele Screpis, bassoon
C. Debussy | Prélude à l’après-midi d’un faune
W.A. Mozart | Sinfonia Concertante in E flat major, KV.297b
F. Schmidt | Symphony No.4 in C major

9 March 2018, Friday, 20:00 | İŞ-Sanat Concert Hall

BSO in İstanbul

Burak Tüzün, conductor
Angela Ahıskal, soprano
Serdar Rasul, violoncello

H. Purcell | Chacony in G minor (Arr.: B. Britten)
S. Barber | Knoxville Summer of 1915, Op.24
C. Atilla | Symphony No.2, “Gallipoli – The 57th Regiment”

16 March 2018, Friday, 20:00 | Bilkent Concert Hall

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Andris Poga, conductor
Ray Chen, violin

W.A. Mozart | Concerto for Violin No.5 in A major, KV.219 “Turkish”
S. Rachmaninov | Symphonic Dances, Op.45

24 March 2018, Saturday, 20:00 | Bilkent Concert Hall

American MusicPatrizia Scivoletto

Gürer Aykal, conductor
Patrizia Scivoletto, mezzo soprano

A. Copland | Old American Songs
F. Grofé | Grand Canyon Suite
L. Bernstein | West Side Story

The Principal Trumpet of our Orchestra, Mr. Julian Lupu, who was to perform at the 24 March concert as soloist, has lost his mother, and will not be able to play in the concert. We wish to extend our condolences to Mr. Lupu and his family.

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30 March 2018, Friday, 20:00 | Bilkent Concert Hall

Baroque Music

Maurice Steger, conductor & recorder
Emöke Baráth, soprano
G.P. Telemann | Grillen-Symphonie “Cricket Symphony” in G major, TWV 50:1
G.F. Händel | Delirio Amoroso “da quel giorno fatale”, HWV 99
G.F. Händel | Giulio Cesare, HWV.17
“Da tempeste il legno infranto”, “Piangeró la sorte mia”
G.F. Händel | Royal Fireworks Music, HWV.351

3 April 2018, Tuesday, 20:00 | Bilkent Concert Hall

İhsan Doğramacı Special Concert

Gürer Aykal, conductor
Gülsin Onay, piano

W.A. Mozart | Concerto for Piano No.9 in E flat major, KV.271 “Jeunehomme”
N. Rimsky-Korsakov | Scheherazade, Op.35




7 & 8 April 2018, Saturday & Sunday, 20:00 | Bilkent Concert Hall

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The Music Factory for Children

Calefax Reed Quintet
Oliver Boekhoorn, oboe
Ivar Berix, clarinet
Raaf Hekkema, saxophone
Jelte Althuis, bass clarinet
Alban Wesly, bassoon

14 April 2018, Saturday, 20:00 | Bilkent Concert Hall

Week of Soloists

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Lukasz Borowicz, conductor
Tobias Feldmann, violin

T. Ades | Powder Her Face, Op.14
W. Wieniawski | Concerto for Violin No.2 in D minor, Op.22
W. Lutoslawski | Concerto For Orchestra

18 & 19 April 2018, Wednesday & Thursday, 20:00 | Bilkent Concert Hall

Children’s Holiday ConcertsBilkent Brass 2

Bilkent Brass Ensemble
Orhun Orhon, conductor
Children’s Choir of Early Music Training Program

27 April 2018, Friday, 20:00 | Bilkent Concert Hall

Magician of the PianoDezso Ranki

İbrahim Yazıcı, conductor
Dezsö Ranki, piano

W.A. Mozart | Concerto for Piano No.12 in A major, KV.414
W.A. Mozart | Concerto for Piano No.27 in B flat major, KV.595
A.A. Saygun | Suite for Orchestra, Op.14
I. Stravinsky | Song of the Nightingale

“…his prodigious keyboard facility and natural musicianship were immediately apparent.”
The Guardian

30 April 2018, Monday, 19:00 | Bilkent Erzurum Concert Hall

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Bilkent Brass Ensemble
Children’s Choir of Bilkent Erzurum Laboratory School

5 May 2018, Saturday, 20:00 | Nazım Hikmet Culture Center

Spring Concert

Murat Göktaş, conductor
Tülay Uyar, soprano
G. Rossini | La Gazza Ladra Overture
P.I. Tchaikovsky | Swan Lake
J. Brahms | Hungarian Dances No.5
E. Grieg | Peer Gynt, In the Hall of the Mountain King
Movie Soundtracks
Star Wars, Gladiator, Titanic, Evita, Superman, Indiana Jones, La vita e bella (Life Is Beautiful), Bodyguard

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9 May 2018, Wednesday, 20:00 | Bilkent Concert Hall

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Pepe Romero & BSO String Quartet

Pepe Romero, guitar
Eda Delikçi, violin
Nil Cetiz, violin
Elif Onay, viola
Verda Çavuşoğlu, violoncello

E. Granados | Danza Española No.5 “Andaluza” (Arr.: P. Romero)
J. Malats | Serenata Española (Arr.: C. Romero)
Á. Barrios | Arroyos de la Alhambra, Evocacion, Tonadilla
J. Turina | Fantasia Sevillana
I. Albéniz | Asturias, Granada, Sevilla (Arr.: P. Romero)
L. Boccherini | Musica notturna delle strade di Madrid, Op.30 No.6, G.324
L. Boccherini | Quintet No.4 in D major, G.448 “Fandango”



12 May 2018, Saturday, 20:00 | Bilkent Concert Hall

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Anu Tali, conductor
Martynas Levickis, accordion
Gabrielius Alekna, piano
Lauma Skride, piano

E. Tubin | Estonian Dance Suite
C. Saint-Saens | Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso, Op.28
V. Trojan | Fairy Tales
R. Strauss | Burleske
F. Tüzün | Turkish Capriccio
V. Dārziņš | Concerto for Piano No.2

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19 May 2018, Saturday, 20:00 | Bilkent Concert Hall

Youth Concert


Işın Metin, conductor
Deniz Şensoy, violin
Özberk Miraç Sarıgül, guitar
Eda Öncül, piano

P.I. Tchaikovsky | Concerto for Violin in D major, Op.35
J. Rodrigo | Concierto De Aranjuez
F. Mendelssohn | Concerto for Piano No.1
D. Shostakovich | Jazz Suites

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29 May 2018, Tuesday, 21:00 | Bilkent Odeon

Hermias – Yunus Sırtındaki Çocukfazil-say1

Fazıl Say 
Selçuk Yöntem
Serenad Bağcan 
İbrahim Yazıcı
Text: Özen Yula


1 June 2018, Friday, 21:00 | Bilkent Odeon

New York Gypsy All Stars

New York Gypsy All Stars

Ismail Lumanovski, clarinet
Tamer Pınarbaşı, kanun
Panagiotis Andreou, bass
Engin Günaydın, drums
Marius van den Brink, keyboards

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8 June 2018 Friday, 21:00 | Bilkent Odeon


İdil Biret at Odeon

Işın Metin, conductor
İdil Biret, piano

S. Prokofiev | Romeo and Juliet
Accompanied by ballet images

S. Rachmaninov | Concerto for Piano No.2 in C minor, Op.18

23 June 2018 Saturday, 21:00 | Bilkent Odeon

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In collaboration with TÜRKSOY

Christoph Poppen, conductor
Alfiya Karimova, soprano (Bashkortostan, Russian Federation)
İlham Nazarov, tenor (Azerbaijan)
Arda Aktar, baritone (Turkey)
Astana State Academic Philharmonic Choir (Kazakhstan)
Gulmira Kuttybadamova, choirmaster (Kazakhstan)

C. Orff | Carmina Burana

“Under experienced German conductor Christoph Poppen the Danish National Symphony Orchestra give a terrifically disciplined yet adrenalised account of these highly demanding scores…” Musicweb International

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25 June 2018, Monday, 20:00 | Bilkent Concert Hall 

Astana State Academic Philharmonic Choir (Kazakhstan)
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In collaboration with TÜRKSOY

Gulmira Kuttybadamova, choirmaster

Sakin Seyfulin | “Tau işinde”
Abay Kunanbaev | “Közimnin Karası”
Birjan-Sal | “Gaşıgım”
Ahmet Jubanov | “Karlıgaş”
Yestay | “Khorlan”
Tolegen Mukhamedzhanov | “İnkarim-ai”
Akhan-Seri | “Karatorgay”
Folk Song | “Bir Bala”
Folk Song | “Ah Samara – gorodok”
Denz | “Funiculi, Funicula”
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky | “Nutcracker”
Folk Song | “Ne bahirsan”
Folk Song | “Ben Giderim Batuma”
Zequinha de Abreu | “Tico-tico no fuba”
Margareta Jakeus | “Walking down the street”
Tom Jobim | “Garota De Ipanema”
Traditional Spiritual | “The Battle of Jericho”
Randy Stone-hill | “Shut de do”
Alibi Abdinurov | “Aynalayın”
Folk Song | “Karatorgay”

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