Founded in 1993 as an original art project, the Bilkent Symphony Orchestra (BSO) is Turkey’s first private and academic ensemble.
The BSO composed of distinguished artists who are also members of the Faculty of Music and Performing Arts at Bilkent University gives about fifty performances every year. Having recorded more than 40 CDs for EMI, CPO and Naxos labels, as well as its radio and TV recordings, the BSO plays a pioneering role in the cultural and artistic life of Turkey.
The Orchestra continued to captivate the concert-goers in the 2020-2021 season, when the concert halls were closed due to the pandemic, through its concerts aired on the Bilkent Symphony Digital, and remained productive with its rich repertoire and its belief in the healing power of music.
The BSO aims to enrich the cultural life of our country through initiatives like the Bilkent Symphony Digital, Odeon Concerts, Turkish Composers Week, Bilkent Anatolian Music Festival, and has also performed in international festivals including Siena Montepulciano, San Marino San Leo, Montreux and Schleswig-Holstein, among others.
Acting on the mission of making art functional in social life, the orchestra has collaborated with many institutions, organizations and non-governmental organizations since its foundation in 1993. The BSO won the “Contribution to Universal Friendship and World Peace” and “Cultural Representation from Local to Universal” awards, and was named a “UNICEF Türkiye Goodwill Ambassador” in 2009.