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Season Concerts

2017 – 2018

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

Season Opening Concerts

Darrell Ang, conductor
Fazıl Say, piano

C. Saint-Saens | Concerto for Piano No.2 in G minor, Op.22
D. Shostakovich | Symphony No.12 in D minor, Op.112 “The Year 1917”



“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

“He is not only a brilliant pianist, but will without doubt also become one of the great artists of the 21st century.” Le Figaro



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

Fantastic Cencic

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 Strings

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

halit ergenc

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. Zavoud | Environmental Symphony


In Memory of Atatürk

10 November 2017, Friday, 20.00 | CSO Concert Hall

11 November 2017, Saturday, 20.00 | Bilkent Concert Hall

In collaboration with Presidential Symphony Orchestra

Presidential Symphony Orchestra (CSO) and Bilkent Symphony Orchestra together
Matthew Coorey
, conductor
Genco Erkal, narrator

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


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

Two Pianos Concert

Rengim Gökmen, conductor
Özgür Aydın, piano
Muhiddin Dürrüoğlu, piano

J.S. Bach | Concerto for Two Pianos in C minor, BWV.1062
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 & Horn

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 Bilkent

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.449
L. 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


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

The Sound of Nature

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

Bruno 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… Tango…

Manuel López Gómez, 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

“Conductor Manuel López Gómez holds everything together in his masterly hands.” Emil Otto Syversten, Fædrelandsvennen

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


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

New Year’s Concerts

George Petrou, conductor
Wolfgang Bankl, bass

Waltzes, Polkas, Songs

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


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

Pictures at an Exhibition

Vladimir Ponkin, conductor
Julian Steckel, violoncello

A. Keçebaşoğlu | 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 Sera, Milan

“… 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


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

Valentine’s Day Concerts

Eduardo Strausser, conductor
Richard Galliano, bandoneon
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


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

Midori & Özgür Aydın Recital

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

Midori with BSO

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 Doğramacı

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
Pablo Ferrandez, violoncello

C. Debussy | Prélude à l’après-midi d’un faune
J. Haydn | Concerto for Violoncello in C major, Hob.VIIb:5
F. Schmidt | Symphony No.4 in C major


8 March 2018, Thursday, 20:00 | İŞ-Sanat Concert Hall

BSO in İstanbul

Burak Tüzün, conductor
Angela Ahıskal, soprano
Sardor 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

Poga & Chen at Bilkent

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


18 March 2018, Sunday, 20:00 | Bilkent Concert Hall

Gallipoli World Peace Concert 2018

Burak Tüzün, conductor
Angela Ahıskal, soprano
Sardor 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”

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

American Music

Gürer Aykal, conductor
Hedwig Fassbender, mezzo soprano
Julian Lupu, trumpet
Viktorya Tokdemir, English horn

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


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 tempesta il legno infranto”, “Piangeró la sorte mia”
G.F. Händel | Royal Fireworks Music, HWV.351

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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

Lukasz Borowicz

Charisma and Passion

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

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Children’s Holiday Concerts

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

20 April 2018, Friday, 19:00 | Bilkent Erzurum Concert Hall

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Erzurum Concert

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

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

Dezso RankiMagician of the Piano

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

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

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Pepe Romero & BSO String Quartet

Pepe Romero, guitar
BSO Soloists

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”

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

Baltic 100

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

C. Saint-Saens | Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso, Op.28
V. Trojan | Fairy Tales
R. Strauss | Burleske
S. Prokofiev | Concerto for Piano No.1 in D flat major, Op.10

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


Youth Concert

Işın Metin, conductor


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
Jason Lindner, keyboards

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8 June 2018 Friday, 21:00 | Bilkent Odeon


İdil Biret at Odeon

Işın Metin, conductor
İdil Biret, piano

S. Rachmaninov | Concerto for Piano No.2 in C minor, Op.18
S. Prokofiev | Romeo and Juliet