Gülsin Onay

23 August Wednesday, 21:00 Aktur - Zefirya Culture Center

Gülsin Onay
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F. Schubert – Sonata in C minor, Op. Posth. D958
• Allegro
• Adagio
• Menuetto: Allegro-Trio
• Allegro

F. Chopin – Scherzo in B minor, Op. 20 Nocturne in E-flat major, Op. 9, No. 2
F. Liszt – Après une Lecture du Dante, Fantasia quasi Sonata


Gülsin Onay began playing the piano at the age of three, and gave her first public recital on Turkish Radio when she was six. She studied with Ahmed Adnan Saygun and Mithat Fenmen, and then in Paris, where her teachers includes Pierre Sancan, Monique Haas and Nadia Boulanger.. She graduated from the Paris Conservatoire at the age of 16, winning the prestigious “Premier Prix du Piano”, and prizes in top international competitions, including the Marguerite Long-Jacques Thibaud (in Paris) and the Ferruccio Busoni (in Bolzano), quickly followed. Gülsin Onay’s subsequent, truly international career has spanned 80 countries across all continents, from Venezuela to Japan. She has given concerts in the major musical centres of the world. 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. Gülsin Onay is acknowledged worldwide as the definitive interpreter of the music of Ahmed Adnan Saygun, the leading Turkish composer of the 20th century, whose works feature prominently in her concerts and recordings, and whose 2nd Piano Concerto 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 holds the title of State Artist in her native Turkey. She is “Artist in Residence” at Bilkent University in Ankara and holds honorary doctoral degrees from Bosphorus University in Istanbul, and from Hacettepe University in Ankara. In 2007 she was honoured with the award of a State Medal by the Polish nation for her interpretation of the music of Chopin. In 2014 she was awarded the Honorary Medal of the 42nd Istanbul Music Festival. Since 2003 she has been a “Goodwill Ambassador” for UNICEF, and regularly gives charity concerts to support their activities. She has been the Artistic Advisor of the International Gümüşlük Music Festival and Academy since its foundation in 2004.