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Guide to Live Classical Music, Concerts and Opera in Turkey

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IstanbulOpening Concert

Opening Concert
Rachmaninov, Tchaikovsky
Borusan Istanbul Philharmonic Orchestra; Sascha Goetzel; Yekwon Sunwoo

IstanbulTekfen Philharmonic Orchestra & Charlie Siem

Tekfen Philharmonic Orchestra & Charlie Siem
Rachmaninov, Brahms
Tekfen Philharmonic Orchestra; Aziz Shokhakimov; Charlie Siem

IstanbulWeekend Classics – I

Weekend Classics – I
Traditional American, Various, Traditional
İklim Tamkan; Senem Demircioglu

IstanbulFilarmonica della Scala & Daniil Trifonov

Filarmonica della Scala & Daniil Trifonov
Rossini, Prokofiev, Beethoven
Filarmonica della Scala; Daniel Harding; Daniil Trifonov

IstanbulWomen Stars of Tomorrow

Women Stars of Tomorrow
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Glass' Eleventh given Turkish première

Sascha Goetzel © Istanbul Music Festival
Philip Glass' Eleventh Symphony, given its Turkish première at the Istanbul Music Festival, returns to his signature repetitive style. 
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Cello Octet resounds at the Hagia Eirene

Cello4Berlin and Çellistanbul © Ersin Durmus
Berlin Philharmonic cellists combine with Turkish counterparts for a dazzling performance in Istanbul.
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Brahms and Elgar – Russian Style: Alexander Kniazev in Istanbul

Alexander Kniazev © Istanbul Music Festival
Visiting Russian players offer sophisticated Brahms and sensitive Elgar in Istanbul.
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Spirit of the Dance: Ensari and Schuch at the Istanbul Music Festival

Gülru Ensari and Herbert Schuch © Istanbul Music Festival
Waltzes and Turkish folk dances energise spirited piano duet recital
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Two Left Hands in Istanbul: Piano Concertos from Sermet and Varvaresos

Huseyin Sermet © Istanbul Music Festival
Ravel and Prokofiev offer divergent views on the piano left-hand concerto, but fine performances ensure satisfying contrast.
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