Wonderful Concert of the Youth Chamber Orchestra of TURKSOY

Sunday, 13 August 2017

The Young Chamber Choir of TURKSOY gathering young artists from various countries of the Turkic World  took the scene with folk songs of Eurasia.


Singers of the choir from Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Turkey gave a concert in the studio of the TRT channel on  August 13th, 2017.


The concert was dedicated to the 100th anniversary of the birthday of the Kazak composer Bakytjan Baikadamov and featured some of his works along with classical songs which were already in the repertoire of the choir.


The choir was conducted by Mrs. Elnara Kerimova (Azerbaijan) and Gulmira Kuttybadamova (Kazakhstan). The highlight of the concert was the performance of TURKSOY Secretary General  Dusen Kasseinov who played "Artistu" by Olgert Gravitis.


The concert which gathered the Senior Adviser of the President of the Republic of Turkey  Yalçın Topçu along with the Ambassador of the Republic of Kazakhstan to Ankara  H. E.  Abzal Saparbekuli, the Ambassador of the Republic of Turkmenistan to Ankara  H. E.   Ishankuli Amanlyev and many other guests, was extremely appreciated by the audience.


After the concert, artists of the choir expressed their happiness to have come together and performed in Turkey under the auspices of the Youth Chamber Choir of TURKSOY.


The conductorn of the choir, Mrs. Elnara Kerimova who is a state artist of Azerbaijan and works as the conductor of the Polyphonic Choir of the TRT Radio in Ankara said that the choir gathering artists from Turkic republics  was established three years ago and takes the scene in concerts and festivals during the summer after 2 weeks of intensive rehearsing.


Mrs. Kerimova who also stressed  the importance of bringing together artists from different countries  further said: "We always have songs of all countries of the Turkic World on our repertoire and we perform these songs in their original language. Of course, our folk songs are our priority. We have folk songs from Ankara, the Black Sea, Nevşehir and  Kayseri amongs others. Besides, we also perform folk songs of Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan, Kyrgyzstan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan."  Mrs. Kerimova added: "We have received extremely positive feedback from our audiences. In fact, songs we sing may seem different when you listen to them for the first time but their roots are  the same, and the lyrics are also very similar. You will certainly hear words in them, which sound familiar to you. These melodies are the musical expression of the close links which bind us together as peoples sharing a common culture. It is important to know that".


"We share melodies of our respective culture"


In the interview she gave us, Ms. Nigar Celilova, a conservatory student from Azerbaijan who sings in the choir as an alto said that she joined the choir this year. The young singer from Azerbaijan who expressed her happiness to be part of the project said that  member of the choir communicate with eachother in  Turkish, Azerbaijani and Russian.


Ms. Celilova who performed the Turkish folk song "Sarı Gelin" in the concert  further said: "This is our common folk song. I like it very much. It is very much appreciated, not only in Azerbaijan and in Turkey but also in the entire Turkic World."


The music teacher  Gökhan Kalender who has been singing as a tenor for three years in the choir established upon initiative of TURKSOY Secretary General  Dusen Kasseinov said: "We share beautiful moments together. It is a great pleasure to sing melodies of our respective cultures all together. This is a unique experience which opens up new horizons in our minds."


Mr. Kalender further said that despite the relative difficulty to perform songs of Turkic republics in their respective languages, all languages spoken in the choir are close to Turkish and that they can easily understand eachother when they speak slowly.


Ms. Shirin Akhmedzhanova who sings in the choir as an alto said that this is the first time she came to Turkey from Kazakhstan to take part in this project. Ms.  Akhmedzhanova who further stressed that she enjoys singing very much said: "I was born in Uzbekistan and I lived there for 14  years. My family moved to  Astana where I went to school. So we started kiving in Kazakhstan. My mother is half Kazak, half Arabic and my father is Uzbek. I am really happy to be in this choir and sing together with artists from different Turkic republics. We are a family. We are friends and we understand eachother. It is great pleasure for all of us to be here." 

The Youth Chamber Choir of TURKSOY 


The Youth Chamber Choir of TURKSOY  had won three gold medals in Germany where it represented the Turkic World in the Second European Choir Games  which took place  between July 5th-12th, 2015.


In 2016, the choir had participated in the Festival of Young Artists in Bayreuth and gave 10 concerts, introducing Turkic culture and music to European audiences.