Ludwig van Beethoven: “Spring” Violin Sonata No. 5 in F Major, Op.24
-Adagio Molto Espressivo
-Scherzo. Allegro Molto – Trio
-Rondo. Allegro Ma Non Troppo
Johannes Brahms: Violin Sonata No.2 in A Major, Op.100
-Andante Tranquillo (F Major) – Vivace
-Allegretto Grazioso, Quasi Andante
Born in Izmir, one of today’s concert violinist representatives of the Andre Gertler violin school, Tuncay Yılmaz is an internationally successful virtuoso. The first musician in his family, Yılmaz began his education in Izmir, later continuing at the Ankara State Conservatory and graduating first in his class. While still a student, he gave his first concert as a soloist, performing the Turkish premiere of Hindemith’s Violin Concerto with the Presidential Symphony Orchestra. He gave his first recital with Fazil Say. He was awarded a DAAD German State scholarship and continued his studies in the soloist classes at Freiburg and Saarland Music Universities, graduating with the titles of “Efficiency in Art” and “Soloist”, the highest German diplomas.
In the course of his education, Tuncay Yılmaz was trained by notable professors such as Nicolai, Eralp, Marschner and Epstein. He won the Best Schumann Performer award in the Louis Spohr Violin Competition and later the Mozart Special prize from Saarland University with his performance of Mozart’s 5th Violin Concerto during the international Mozart commemoration year. He was also a finalist in both the Tibor Varga Competition in Switzerland and the Berlin Mendelssohn Competition.
Yılmaz has performed with many major orchestras including Salzburg Mozarteum, Franz Lizst Chamber Orchestra, Sofia Philharmonic Orchestra, Moscow Symphony Orchestra, Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra, Moscow Musica Viva Chamber Orchestra, Saarland Radio Symphony Orchestra, BBC Concert Orchestra, West Virginia Symphony and all the State Symphony Orchestras of Turkey.
He has given numerous recitals together with well-known musicians such as, Idil Biret, Emre Elivar, Gustav Rivinius, Alexander Rudin, Wolfgang Emanuel Schmidt, Jiri Barta, Ludmil Angelov, Wolfram Schmitt Leonardy and Tedi Papavrami; accompanied by his regular pianist Robert Markham he has performed in locations and concert halls around the world including Ankara, Berlin, Istanbul, Monte Carlo(Salle Garnier), Frankfurt, London, Cologne, Abu Dhabi, Valencia, Toledo, Boston, Chicago and New York (Carnegie Hall). Yılmaz, who has appeared on various radio and TV programs, was described as a “young prince of violinists” by Nice Matin in France, while theBoston Globe called him a “sophisticated concert violinist”. Yılmaz’s repertoire includes major concertos such as those of Bartok, Brahms, Beethoven,Berg, Erkin, Mendelssohn, Bruch, Wienawski and Mozart, as well as many sonatas for violin and piano. His first CD, including the Franck and Elgar sonatas, was recorded in New York and released in 1999. The second, “Mozart 2006” was a live recording of a performance under Rudin on the occasion of Mozart’s 250th anniversary celebrations. His most recent CD, “Rosepage”, together with pianist Markham, has recently been released.
Yılmaz has twice taken part in the International Toledo Music Festival, Molyvos Festival and also Istanbul, Ankara and Izmir International festivals. He has performed the Brahms Double Concerto in Istanbul together with Gustav Rivinius, first prize winner in the Moscow Tchaikovsky Competition. He performed two concertos during the opening of the 22nd Ankara Music Festival. During the Mozart Anniversary Year, 2006, he was invited by Rudin to Moscow to perform for the first time, playing Mozart’s violin concerto. At the end of the same year, he performed Mozart in Ankara with the Presidential Symphony Orchestra, in memory of Atatürk. Tuncay Yılmaz, who continues his successful international career, has been a State Soloist of the Turkish Ministry of Culture since 1996. He initiated the International Violin Master’s Class of the Izmir Foundation for Culture, Arts and Education. He is a violin virtuoso and coordinator of the Arkas Trio. Tuncay Yılmaz performs on an 1731-Venedig, Petrus Paulus Devitor, Red Diamond violin.
Born in 1976 in Ankara, Emre Elivar began his piano studies at the age of 5. Emre graduated from the class of Kamuran Gündemir at the Hacettepe Conservatory with first class. Following his graduation, Elivar was awarded a DAAD Bursary and in October 1996 began studying at the Carl Maria von Weber Academy of Music in Dresden. He studied with Peter Rösel and graduated in 1999 with a first class degree. In 2005 he was awarded a first class PhD, studying with Professor George Sava at the ‘Hanns Eisler’ Music Academy.
From an early age, Elivar proved his talent with the awards he won in various international piano competitions. The most important of these were the 1999 International Bremen Piano Competition, where he received three major prizes; the 1999 “Cidado do Porto” and the “World Piano Competition’ in 2000; the 2001 Steinway Award, the 2002 Arthur-Schnabel Award and first prize at the 2003 Vendôme-Prize Piano Competition.
In 2005, Emre performed for the first time in Turkey the entire ‘Well-Tempered Klavier, Book 1’ of J.S.Bach at the Istanbul International Music Festival. Emre’s other notable concerts include the ‘Romantic Variations’ recital in the 2008 İstanbul International Music Festival; his debut concert held in Washington DC in June 2009, his ‘Shostakovich and Prokofiev’ recital in 2010 and in 2013 his Debussy and Ravel recital.
As a soloist Emre has performed amongst others with Borusan Istanbul Philharmonic Orchestra, Bilkent Symphony Orchestra, Konzerthausorchester Berlin, Hungarian National Philharmonic, Nordwestdeutsche Philharmonie, Dortmunder Philharmoniker, Staatsorchester Kassel, Anhaltische Philharmonie Dessau, Sinfonieorchester Wuppertal, Sinfonietta Dresden, the Orquestra Nacional do Porto and the Lithuanian Chamber Orchestra.
During his student years in Ankara, Elivar recorded many contemporary Turkish works for the National Turkish Radio (TRT). He has also recorded for Radio Bremen and Deutschland radios in Germany. In 1999, Elivar released a recording of the piano works of Necil Kazim Akses for the Cord Aria label in Germany, and in 2013 for TRT a two-part release of the works of Chopin in Turkey. His live recordings of J.S Bach’s French Suite, BWV 817 and Liszt’s Piano Concerto no 1 (Bremen Competition) and Beethoven’s last three piano sonatas with the Diabelli Variations (Fazioli Concert Hall, Italy) were released as a two-part cd. Additionally his recording of Schubert’s Three Piano Pieces, D946 and Schumann’s op. 13 Symphonic Studies recording with Sony Germany was released in March 2009 and received great acclaim from international critics. In June 2010 the artist’s recital in honour of Schumann’s 200th birthday was broadcasted live and has since been broadcasted by more than fifty radio stations that are members of the European Broadcasting Union.
Emre Elivar has been a member of the Arkas Trio since June 2011 and has been a faculty member at the Uludag University State Conservatory since March 2019.