TÜRKİYE / TURKEY
Erkin Onay (violin)
Çağ Erçağ (cello)
Gülsin Onay (piano)
Tchaikovsky – Trio in A minor, Op. 50
Gülsin Onay (piano)
Gülsin Onay’s truly international career has spanned 80 countries across all continents, from Venezuela to Japan. Gülsin Onay has given concerts in the major musical centres of the world such as Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw, the Berlin Philharmonic Hall, the Vienna Konzerthaus, London’s Queen Elizabeth Hall and Wigmore Hall, the Salle Gaveau in Paris, the Washington DC National Gallery of Art and the New York Miller Theater. She has performed as a soloist with such leading orchestras as Dresden Staatskapelle, Philharmonia Orchestra, English Chamber Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic, Japan Philharmonic, Munich Radio Symphony, St Petersburg Philharmonic, Tokyo Symphony, Warsaw Philharmonic and Vienna Symphony Orchestras. Conductors with which she has performed include Vladimir Ashkenazy, Erich Bergel, Michael Boder, Andrey Boreyko, Jorg Faerber, Vladimir Fedoseyev, Edward Gardner, Neeme Jarvi, Emmanuel Krivine, Ingo Metzmacher, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Jose Serebrier, Vassily Sinaisky, Stanislaw Wislocki and Lothar Zagrosek. Ms. Onay’s many festival appearances include Berlin, Warsaw, Granada, Mozartfest Würzburg, Newport, Schleswig-Holstein and Istanbul.
Cambridge-based Turkish State Artist, UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador, in high demand for her unique and sensuous Chopin, Saygun and Rachmaninoff interpretations ‒ pianist Gülsin Onay has been Artistic Advisor of the International Gümüşlük Classical Music Festival since its foundation in 2004.
An exceptional Chopin interpreter, Gülsin Onay was in 2007 honoured with the award of a State Medal by the Polish nation. She is also acknowledged worldwide as the finest interpreter of the music of A.Adnan Saygun, whose works feature prominently in her concerts and recordings, and whose 2nd Piano Concerto (which she has premiered in Turkey and abroad) was dedicated to her. Other contemporary composers who have dedicated works to Gülsin Onay are Hubert Stuppner, Denis Dufour, Jean-Louis Petit, Muhiddin Dürrüoğlu-Demiriz, Marc-André Hamelin and Bujor Hoinic. Gülsin Onay has also given world premieres of concertos by Stuppner, Tabakov and Hoinic.
ERKİN ONAY (violin)
Erkin Onay was born in İstanbul in 1976. He took his first violin lessons from his grandfather Joachim Reusch.
From 1989 to 1994 he continued his violin studies as a private student of professor Atila Aydıntan in Hannover, Germany. While contuniung his formal education in Hannover, along with violin lessons, he gave recitals in Turkey, Greece and France. At the age of 17 after successfully completing the examination for special talents, he entered the Musik Hochschule in Hannover. There he continued his education under Prof. Jörg Hoffman. In 1996 he was accepted to Gyorgy Pauk’s class in Winterthur Hochschule für Musik, Switzerland. In 1998 he became student of Prof. Rudolf Koclmann, one of the last star student of Heifetz. Erkin Onay graduated from the Hochschule with the Concert Diploma (” Konztreife”). He continued his postgraduate studies in Turkey with Turkish State artist Suna Kan and in 2001 received the diploma Proficiency in Art( DMA).
Erkin Onay has given many concerts in Turkey as well as appearing as soloist with orchestras such as Presidential Symphony Orchestra, İstanbul State Symphony Orchestra, İzmir, Antalya, Eskişehir, Çukurova DESSO and BASSO. He also held concerts with such distinguished conductors as Gürer Aykal, Rengim Gökmen, İbrahim Yazıcı, Antonio Pirolli, Naci Özgüç, Vladimir Altschuler and Emil Tabakov. Erkin Onay has also given recitals in İndia, England, Japan, Brazil, Ukraine and Germany. In October 2015 Mr. Onay got his Associate Professor degree. Since 2016 he is also the “E” letter of BEGOA Ensemble.
Çağ Erçağ (cello)
Çağ Erçağ entered the Hacettepe University State Conservatoire in 1986 and studied under Jozsef Györffy and Doğan Cangal, graduating with honours. During his education he gave concerts in France, Netherlands, Luxembourg, Egypt, and many other countries with the Mediterranean Youth Orchestra and had the opportunity to attend Lluís Claret’s masterclass.
Erçağ has performed with artists including Gürer Aykal, Fazıl Say, Ayla Erduran, Ayşegül Sarıca, Robert Cohen, Julian Lloyd Webber, Gerhard Schulz, Valentin Erben, Alexander Rudin, Daniel Grosgurin, and Misha Maisky and appeared at the 35th İstanbul Music Festival in 2007 (with the Borusan Chamber Orchestra) as well as other music festivals in Cyprus, Eskişehir, and Mersin. He has performed as a soloist with the Borusan Istanbul Philharmonic, Presidential Symphony, Izmir State Symphony, Bursa Regional Symphony, and Antalya State Symphony Orchestras, Vienna Jeunesse Orchestra and the Şişli Municipal Orchestra in Strasbourg.
He was appointed solo cellist of the Borusan Istanbul Philharmonic Orchestra in 2003. Apart from BIPO, he is also a member of the four-cello ensemble Çellİstanbul established in 2002, Ateek, and the Borusan Quartet formed in 2005 under the guidance of Gürer Aykal.
Together with the Borusan Quartet, for which Gerhard Schulz of the Alban Berg Quartet is a music advisor, Erçağ attended the masterclasses of Maxim Vengerov, Joshua Epstein, and the Juilliard Quartet. In addition to their regular seasonal concerts at the Süreyya Opera House, Istanbul, the Borusan Quartet has had many tours in Turkey as well as in France, Germany, Austria, Italy, and the USA among others. In May 2010 they were awarded the Chamber Ensemble of the Year at the Andante magazine’s Classical Music Awards, now known as the Donizetti Awards. They also won the Gold Medal at the 2010 ICMEC International Chamber Music Ensemble Competition (USA) from among 89 other ensembles, and performed at the Weill Recital Hall.
Erçağ has performed with the Borusan Quartet in cities including New York, Boston, Montpellier, Milan, Strasbourg, Shimonosek, and Tokyo, as well as at Ankara, Antalya, D-Marin (Bodrum), Istanbul, Merano (Italy), Schleswig-Holstein (Germany) Festivals, and has appeared as a soloist with the Izmir, İstanbul, Bursa, and Eskişehir Symphony Orchestras.
Çağ Erçağ also gave a concert with the world-renowned cellist Yo-Yo Ma, accompanied by New York Philharmonic Orchestra, at the Carnegie Hall. Erçağ received the ‘String Performer of the Year’ award at the 2014 Donizetti Awards. He plays a 1740 Petrus Guarneri cello purchased with contribution of architect- photographer Ahmet Ertuğ