The YCO gave the last concert of its tour to Europe with a colourful performance in Bratislava

Sunday, 02 December 2018

The Youth Chamber Orchestra of TURKSOY gave the last concert of its tour to Europe in the city of Bratislava in Slovakia. The concert organized in cooperation of the Embassies of Turkey and Kazakhstan  in Bratislava with the Ruzinov Cultural Center  was the first event to have been held in Slovakia by TURKSOY.  

The concert held on December 2nd, 2018 gathered a large audience  and took place in the presence of the Ambassador of the Republic of Turkey to Slovakia H. E.  Aslıgül Üğdül and the  Ambassador of the Republic of Kazakhstan to Slovakia and the Czech Republic  H. E. Serjan Abdukarimov along with representatives of diplomatic  missions. Following its concerts in Paris and Vienna, the orchestra gave a colourful concert in Bratislava and performed world classics as well as works by composers of the Turkic World.  

The event started with “Andante Festivo” by the Finnish  composer Jean Sibelius and went on with world famous classics by composers such as  Ottorino Respighi, Antonio Vivaldi and Shostakovich. The performance of A. Vivaldi’s “Concert for 4 violins”  featured the soloists Bahram Dolyev from Turkmenistan,  Talantbek Moldokanov from Kyrgyzstan, Zeynep Suleimenova from Kazakhstan and Huseynali Huseynaliyev from Azerbaijan was strongly appreciated by the audience. Another young talented artist of the Turkic World who tookm the scene at the concert was  the pianist Amina Mashkeyeva from Kazakhstan. The concert also featured preformances of works by composers of the Turkic World such as   Tles Kazhgaliyev from Kazakhstan,  Muhammed Atadjanov from Uzbekistan, Seyitali Medetov from Kyrgyzstan,  Nuri Halmamedov from Turkmenistan, Ulvi Cemal Erkin from Turkey and Fikret Amirov from Azerbaijan. 

At the end of the concert, the audience gave standing ovations to the musicians and asked for an encore which included two other works, not included in the initial programme of the concert, namely: the arrangement of the Turkish folk song “Üsküdar’a Giderken” for chamber orchestra by the conductor of the orchestra Mustafa Mehmandarov and  Dauletkerey Shygayuly’s arrangement of the “Koroghlu” by the Kyrgyz member of the orchestra Birjan Mynbayev.

Ambassador Kasseinov: We introduce our rich and colourful cultural heritage to the world.

TURKSOY Secretary General Dusen Kasseinov who addressed the audience at the beginning of the concert  stressed that the tour of the Youth Chamber Orchestra of TURKSOY is dedicated to the 25th anniversary of TURKSOY this year and added: “TURKSOY is an organization of cultural cooperation which introduces our common colourful cultural heritage to other cultures. Throughout this year, we have held many exhibitions, conferences and concerts and issued publications dedicated to our 25th anniversary  not only in our member states but also in South America , the Far East, the Balkans and Northern Africa. Following our wonderful concerts in Ankara, Paris and  Vienna, we are now excited to be taking the scene in Slovakia for the first time. I hope that this concert will contribute to the rapprochement of our respective countries and peoples. Let me once again extend my sincere gratitude to young artists of our  orchestra.''                                                                                                           

Secretary General Kasseinov concluded his speech extending his gratitude to the Ambassador of the Republic of Turkey to Slovakia H. E.  Aslıgül Üğdül and the  Ambassador of the Republic of Kazakhstan to Slovakia and the Czech Republic  H. E. Serjan Abdukarimov as well as to officials of the Ruzinov Cultural Center and all contributing personalities and institutions for their precious support. 

The Tour of the Youth Chamber Orchestra of TURKSOY which took place under the motto “Sounds of Eurasia”  was organized with the contribution of the Permanent Delegations of  Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Turkey and Turkmenistan to UNESCO  as well as of the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure of the Republic of Turkey, the  Ministry of T.C. Culture and Tourism of  the Republic of Turkey, the Ankara Chamber of Commerce and the Yunus Emre Institute.