The tour of the Youth Chamber Orchestra of TURKSOY to the Balkans starts in Kosovo
The Secretary General of the International Organization of Turkic Culture (TURKSOY) Prof. Dr. Dusen Kasseinov stressed that the tour of the Youth Chamber Orchestra of TURKSOY to the Balkans will bring together kindred peoples as well as people who are interested in Turkic culture and art and said: "We will witness once again the ability of music to bring people together irrespective of their language, religious belief or ethnic origin."
In an interview with the Anatolian News Agency, Prof. Kasseinov said that the tour of the Youth Chamber Orchestra of TURKSOY dedicated to the 25th anniversary of TURKSOY will be starting today with a concert in Kosovo.
Mr. Kasseinov who further stressed that the orchestra gathers young musicians from various countries of the Turkic World, added: "Once again, we will be witnessing the ability of music to unite people irrespective of their their language, religious belief or ethnic origin. The tour of the Youth Chamber Orchestra of TURKSOY to the Balkans will bring together kindred peoples as well as people who are interested in Turkic culture and art. We will be celebrating the 25th anniversary of TURKSOY all together."
Mentioning that since its its establishment 8 years ago the orchestra has been successfully introducing the rich cultural heritage of Turkic peoples and their music to the world, Prof. Kasseinov also said that the orchestra prepared itself for this tour with an intensive programme of rehearsals in Ankara and added:
"Our concerts last year were so appreciated that we received many invitations this year. Of course, we are really excited to be on tour in the Balkans for the second time. We felt literally at home in cities where we had previously performed. As a result of the strong interest in our concerts, we have added new cities to our tour this year. I believe that our orchestra will produce world famous artists in the near future and their success will further be a source of pride for the Turkic World."
- Tour to the Balkans
The tour of the Youth Chamber Orchestra of TURKSOY introducing classical music of the Turkic World to the Balkans will start with its first concert in Kosovo today.
Within the framework of their tour in the Balkans, artists of the Youth Chamber Orchestra of TURKSOY from Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Turkey and Turkmenistan will give six concerts in 9 days.
The tour of the orchestra will start with two concerts in Pristina and Prizren at the "International Awakening Through Art Festival".
The tour of the orchestra will go on with a concert in which they will perform together with the world famous Russian violinist Viktor Tretiakov in Cetinje, the Cultural Capital of Montenegro on July 30th, 2018. This will be followed by a concert in Mostar on August 1st, 2018.
The tour of the Youth Chamber Orchestra of TURKSOY in the Balkans will go on with a concert in the Officer's Club of Sarajevo on August 3rd and end with a final concert in the Peoples' Theater in Zenica on August 4th, 2018.
- Youth Chamber Orchestra of TURKSOY
The orchestra which was founded upon initiative of TURKSOY Secretary General Dusen Kasseinov in 2010 is composed of young conservatory students from TURKSOY member countries.
Every year, young musicians aged 17-25 are selected by the Ministries of Culture of TURKSOY member countries and come together under the auspices of TURKSOY to rehearse before going on tour in various countries of the world.
Since its establishment, the orchestra which performs works by composers of the Turkic World as well as world classics in its concerts has come together 11 times and given more than 50 concerts in major artistic venues of the world.
In 2011, the orchestra published its first album dedicated to the 20th anniversary of the independence of Turkic republics. This was followed by a second album recorded in 2013 which was dedicated to the 20th anniversary of TURKSOY and a third album recorded in 2017 on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of the independence of Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan.
This year, the tour of the orchestra which pursues its activities with a view to introducing the classical music, culture and art of Turkic speaking peoples to the world is dedicated to the 25th anniversary of TURKSOY.
The conductor of the orchestra which goes on tour in the Balkans with the contribution of the Ministry of Culture and Tourism of the Republic of Turkey and the Yunus Emre Institute is Maestro Mustafa Mehmandarov from Azerbaijan.