The Youth Chamber Orchestra of TURKSOY took the scene in Sarajevo

TÜRKSOY
Saturday, 04 August 2018

The tour of the Youth Chamber Orchestra of TURKSOY in the Balkans dedicated to the 25th anniversary of TURKSOY is going on.

The orchestra which started its tour on July 23rd, 2018 to give 6 concerts in 2 countries featured brillliant performances in  Pristina, Prizren, Cetinje, Mostar and Sarajevo.

With their latest in Sarajevo, young musicians of the Turkic World who took the scene under Maestro Mustafa Mehmandarov from Azerbaijan  on August 1st, 2018 enchanted their audience.  

The concert organized with the contribution of the Yunus Emre Institute  took place in the Officer's Club of Sarajevo in the presence of  TURKSOY Secretary General  Dusen Kasseinov and the Director of the Yunus Emre Institute Prof. Dr. Şeref Ateş along with many guests.

This year, the repertoire of the orchestra which started rehearsing in Ankara prior to the tour  is dedicated to the 100th anniversary of Gara Garayev  from Azerbaijan  and to the 80th anniversary of  Nury Khalmamedov from Turkmenistan whose works have been brilliantly performed by the young musicians.

The opening speeches of the concert were delivered by  TURKSOY Secretary General  Dusen Kasseinov and the Director of the Yunus Emre Institute Şeref Ateş.

Ambassador  Kasseinov:  we have been building bridges of friendship using art as a universal language for 25 years,

TURKSOY Secretary General  Dusen Kasseinov who delivered a speech prior to the concert said that the Youth Chamber Orchestra of  TURKSOY had performed in Bosnia Herzegoivna for the first time last year and that it has included Sarajevo in its schedule once again this year due to the strong appreciation of the audience. Ambassador Kasseinov who also touched upon  concrete examples of the cooperation between TURKSOY and Bosnia Herzegoivna further said: ‘’This year, we are celebrating the 25th anniversary of TURKSOY. The tour of our orchestra which started in Kosovo and went on in  Montenegro, Sarajevo, Mostar and Zenitsa is dedicated to the 25th anniversary of the establishment of   TURKSOY. TURKSOY is an international organization of cultural cooperation which has been carrying out activities to build bridges of friendship and bring cultures and peoples closer together using the universal language of art.’

We commemorate Hayyam Mirzazade and pay tribute to him

Secretary General Kasseinov who addressed the audience in Bosnian language at the end of the first part of the concert shared his sorrow about the passing away of the Azerbaijani composer  Hayyam Mirzazade with the audience. Ambassador Kasseinov said that the Youth Chamber Orchestra of TURKSOY added Gara Garayev's "Grief" to its programme in commemoration of  Mirzazade and added: ‘’My distinguished friend  Hayyam Mirzazade has strongly contributed to the enrichment of the music of the Turkic World. Besides his works which are a great legacy for all of us he has taught many students. His passing away is a great loss for us. We commemorate Hayyam  Mirzazade and pay tribute to him.’’

Works by composers of the Turkic World were strongly appreciated by the audience


The concert which lasted approximately 70 minutes featured various works by composers of the Turkic World. As a tribute to the common hero of the Turkic World, the Kazak kuy "Koroghlu" by Dauletkerey Shygayuly and Mahambet’s ‘'Sword of the People'’ were performed for the first time outside Kazakhstan. Both works were arranged by  Birjan Mynbaiev from the Youth Chamber Orchestra of TURKSOY. 

The Director of the Yunus Emre Institute Prof. Dr. Şeref Ateş who delivered a speech after the concert expressed his appreciation of the event and said: ‘’These young artists are the blooming flowers of humanity. We are very happy to have organized such a colourful event in Sarajevo. Let me therefore congratulate TURKSOY Secretary General Dusen Kasseinov for having established such a wonderful orchestra and wish many years of successful activities ahead for TURKSOY which celebrates its 25th anniversary this year.’’

The Youth Chamber Orchestra of TURKSOY which rehearsed in Ankara prior to the tour is composed of young artists from  Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Turkey and Turkmenistan this year.

Within the framework of its tour to the Balkans,  the orchestra which was established in 2010 in order to foster the mutual exchange of experience among young artists from Turkic speaking countries  and introduce classical music of Turkic peoples to the world will take the scene in Zenitsa on August 4th, 2018.