"My Friends are My Treasure": Concert dedicated to the 25th Anniversary of TURKSOY in Bishkek

Friday, 02 March 2018

On the occasion of the 25th anniversary of the International Organization of Turkic Culture TURKSOY, a concert was held in Bishkek, the capital of Kyrgyzstan. The concert organized by TURKSOY Secretary General Dusen Kasseinov under the motto “My Friends are my Treasure”  took place with the contribution of more than 70 artists from various regions of the Turkic World.

The concert dedicated to the 25th anniversary of TURKSOY took place in the Kalyi Moldobasanov State Conservatory of Kyrgyzstan  gathered the Deputy Prime Minister of Kyrgyzstan  Cholpan Sultanbekova, the Rector of the State Conservatory of Kyrgyzstan Prof. Muratbek Begaliyev along with representatives of institutions and organizations of Kyrgyzstan, artists and many guests.

The Deputy Prime Minister Sultanbekova who delivered the opening speech of the concert conveyed the congratulation message of the President of the Republic of  , Kyrgyzstan Sooronbay Ceenbekov and expressed his gratitude to TURKSOY for its contribution to the preservation of Turkic culture and art. Sultanbekova also stressed that within the framework of its commitment to the worldwide promotion of Kyrgyz culture, TURKSOY has been carrying out unique activities for 25 years. 

The Rector Prof. Muratbek Begaliyev who also delivered a speech at the event said that  the State Conservatory of Kyrgyzstan is working in close cooperation with TURKSOY and contributes to the worldwide promotion of the music of the Turkic World. Prof. Begaliyev concluded his speech wishing further success to TURKSOY which has reached major achievements within  25 years.

In the speech he delivered at the event, Prof. Dusen Kasseinov stressed the fact that for the last 25 years, TURKSOY has been relentlessly working to preserve, promote and transmit the cultural heritage of Turkic peoples to future generations. Prof. Kasseinov further said that within the framework of its 25th anniversary, TURKSOY will hold various events in TURKSOY member countries throughout the year  to introduce the colourful art and culture of the Turkic World to amateurs of art.

The concert featured works by composers of the Western world as well as works by composers of the Turkic World performed by the Symphony Orchestra of the Governorate of Bishkek established by the State Artist of Kyrgyzstan Prof. Muratbek Begaliyev. The first work performed at the concert was Begaliyev's "Feast Ouverture". This was followed by Antonio Vivaldi’s  Concert for 4 Violins performed by young talents of the Turkic World who are also part of the Youth Chamber Orchestra of  TURKSOY: Arslan Saifi from Tatarstan (RF), Talantbek Moldokanov and Mirlan Ulanbek Uulu from Kyrgyzstan, and Behram Dolyiev from Turkmenistan.

Later on, the concert featured Dusen Kasseinov and Sergey Kravchenko the Chair of the Violin Department of the State Conservatory of Moscow named after Tchaikovsky and Russian violinist who performed  Bach's Concert for 2 Violins.

In the concert which also featured performances of some parts of masterpieces by composers of the Turkic World such as Uzeyir Hajibeyli' "Koroghlu" (Azerbaijan) and Mukan Tulebayev's "Birjan and Sara" (Kazakhstan), famous artists from Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Turkmenistan, Turkey, Uzbekistan, Bashkortostan (RF) and Tatarstan (RF) also performed famous melodies and songs of Turkic peoples.

Conductors who took the scene at the concert were Maestro Anvar Akbarov and Maestro Kanat Ahmetov frokm Kazakhstan, Maestro Bakyt Tulegenov and Maestro Rahat Osmanaliyev from Kyrgyzstan and Maestro  Rovshan Nepesov from Turkmenistan. Soloists of the concert were Ilham Nazarov from Azerbaijan, Jupar Gabdullina from Kazakhstan, Baktybek Ibykeev and Elnura Samarbekova and Salamat Sadykova from Kyrgyzstan, Serkan Kocadere from Turkey, Nosir Yusupov and Feruze Yusupova from Uzbekistan and Ramil Gayzullin from Bashkortostan.  

The unforgettable concert which took place under the motto “My Friends are My Treasure” ended with the solo performance of TURKSOY Secretary General Dusen Kasseinov who played  “My Way”, a song which was  composed by the French singer Claude François and became world famous thanks to  Frank  Sinatra.