Antalya: Home to pianists and music-lovers

Published 19.11.2015 21:18
Updated 19.11.2015 21:20
Antalya: Home to pianists and music-lovers

The 16th International Antalya Piano Festival began on Tuesday and will run until Nov. 29. The festival hosts many prominent pianists from around the world along with special workshops and activities for children and adults

The 16th International Antalya Piano Festival will feature international pianists, public concerts, masterclass panel sessions, workshops, seminars and various other events until Nov. 29. Under the directorship of maestro Gürer Aykal, many international musicians including Don Davis, Hiromi, Saleem Ashkar, Hüseyin Sermet, Gülsin Onay and Martina Filjak will perform during the festival. Offering a wide-range of musicians and performances, the festival will also feature free public concerts.

Apart from the concerts, panel sessions and master classes organized as part of the festival, the festival in Antalya will make a tremendous impact with the social responsibility projects that will be conducted throughout the event. The festival, which is one of the most significant cultural organizations put on by the Antalya Metropolitan Municipality, will bring people who have never made music in their lives together at the workshops and enable them to experience the joy of making music on their own. As part of the festival, music instructors will work with children for a month. Moreover, students will have a chance to listen to piano recitals via the traveling piano project that will visit schools all over Antalya. The Antalya Special Education and Rehabilitation Center and the Akdeniz University Chemotherapy Unit Rehabilitation Center will host various workshops and recitals as well. Under the baton of Engin Beslek, a string quartet concert will take place at both centers.

Percussion training group KeKeÇa, which was started by Turgay Başar and Timuçin Gürer in 2002 with the motto "Use your body as your instrument and make music with your body during your daily routine," will organize various events as well as work with children and the people of Antalya throughout the festival. Body percussion, which is the intersection of music and bodily movements, will help hundreds of children have a special experience. Children, who have been involved in music workshops in their schools, will have the chance to show what they have learned during the festival.

Choir music instructors coming from all over Turkey, as well as Germany and Italy, will convene with elementary and middle school students in Antalya. Choir workshops will be organized under the supervision of Fabio Lombardo, Ahter Destan, Nikolay Merdzhanov and Tobias Hug. Throughout October, Ahter Destan visited various schools in Antalya and selected children who are talented, eager and have an ear for music. These selected children will work with guest maestros and form the APF Children Choir as a result of their musical work. The choir will perform at the Erdem Bayazıt Cultural Center on Nov. 26 and at the Atatürk Cultural Center in Perge on Nov. 28.

Another choir intended for children will be supervised by Fabio Lombardo, Başak Doğan and Eren Kovankaya, and aims to allow a creative space for children to make music together. It also aims to create a safe space where children can express themselves and listen to each other.

Considered as some of the best young musicians today, Doruk Görkem Tokur, Giovanni Nesi, Federica Bortoluzzi and Canset Özge Can will perform at schools in Antalya and neighboring districts, as well as the Antalya Special Education and Rehabilitation Center. The Antalya Metropolitan Municipality, which has initiated special projects for the disabled, will integrate disabled youth into the 16th International Antalya Piano Festival as well. Disabled youth who have trained at the Antalya Metropolitan Municipality Special Education Center will attend the body percussion workshops and have the chance to listen to recitals at the education center. The workshop, which will be held by Turgay Başar, will enable children to play games and work on their body music. The workshop will also feature seminars on the content of the workshop and how these trainings can help children to touch on other people's lives. Following the three-day workshop, children will perform what they have learned at their schools.

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