The Youth Chamber Orchestra of TURKSOY took the Scene in Sarajevo
The tour of the Youth Chamber Orchestra of TURKSOY in the Balkans went on with the concert which took place in Sarajevo on July 31st, 2017. The orchestra composed of young talents from the Turkic World has been highly appreciated by its audience in Bosnia Herzegovina.
Under Maestro Anvar Akbarov from Kazakhstan and Mustafa Mehmandarov from Azerbaijan, the orchestra performed world classics as well as works by composers of the Turkic World.
The concert which took place in the Officer's Club of Sarajevo gathered the UN High Representative Valentin Insko, the Ambassador of the Republic of Turkey to Sarajevo H. E. Haldun Koç and the Head of the Diplomatic Mission of Azerbaijan in Sarajevo Elnur Guliyev along with many representatives of diplomatic missions in Sarajevo.
The Ambassador of the Republic of Turkey to Sarajevo Haldun Koç who delivered a speech prior to the concert expressed his happiness to welcome artists from the Turkic World in Sarajevo and said: “We are very happy to host this event of TURKSOY. Indeed, this concert will be the artistic expression of our common culture.” Ambassador Koç who also stressed the importance of such concerts when it comes to introducing the common culture of the Turkic World through the language of art which transcends all borders, extended his gratitude to TURKSOY for its contribution to the promotion of Turkic culture.
TURKSOY Secretary General Dusen Kasseinov who also delivered a speech at the event stressed the importance of this tour of the Youth Chamber Orchestra of TURKSOY in the Balkans and added: “Young musicians of TURKSOY are on tour in the Balkans for the first time. They gave wonderful concerts. We have been welcomed with an extremely warm-hearted hospitality in countries we have been to during this tour and our concerts gathered large audiences. With this tour, people in the Balkans have got acquainted with young musicians from the Turkic World and our young artists had the opportunity to get acquainted with the people and culture of the Balkans".
Maestro Mustafa Mehmandarov from Azerbaijan expressed his appreciation of the history and culture of Bosnia Herzegovina and said: “The culture of Bosnia Herzegovina is very close to our culture. There is no work composed by an artist from Bosnia Herzegovina on our repertoire but we can add one to it in the near future. This orchestra has two goals. The first one is to introduce works by composers of Turkic countries to the world, the second one is to foster ties of friendship among kindred peoples of TURKSOY member countries.”
The violinist Ilayda Zeynep Koksal who also said a few words stressed the fact that she saw many monuments dating back to the Ottoman Empire in many places of Bosnia Herzegovina and said: “One can see what the people here have been through during the war in Bosnia from the bullet marks on the buildings. We can feel the power of Turkey here. It has been a very meaningful and important experience for us to come here and perform.”
At the concert, the Ambassador of the Republic of Turkey to Sarajevo was handed over the medal of TURKSOY dedicated to the 25th anniversary of the independence of Turkic republics.
The tour of the YCO in the Balkans will end on August 2nd
The tour of the Youth Chamber Orchestra of TURKSOY in the Balkans had started with a concert in Skopje and went on with concerts in Ohrid, Podgorica and Mostar. Following the last concert of the tour which will take place in Belgrade, the capital of Serbia on August 2nd, 2017 young talents of the orchestra will return to their respective countries.
The Youth Chamber Orchestra of TURKSOY will give the last concert of its tour to the Balkans in Belgrade, the capital of Serbia on August 2nd, 2017.