Gülsin Onay & Athenaeum String Quartet

21 July Friday, 21:00 On Stone - Ancient Stone Quarry

Gülsin Onay & Athenaeum String Quartet
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W. Mozart – Piano Concerto No. 12 in A major, K. 414
• Allegro
• Andante
• Allegretto

A. Dvorák – String Quartet No. 5 in F minor, Op. 9
• Allegro assai
• Andante con moto
• Molto vivace
• Finale. Andante – Allegro

B. Bartók – Romanian Folk Dances
• Joc cu Bâta (Dance with the Stick)
• Brâul (Sash Dance)
• Pe Loc (In One Spot)
• Buciumeana (Dance from Bucovina)
• Poarga Românească (Romanian Polka)
• Maruntel (Fast Dance)


Gülsin Onay

Gülsin Onay’s truly international career has spanned 80 countries across all continents, from Venezuela to Japan. She has given concerts in the major musical centres such as Concertgebouw, Berlin Philharmonic Hall, Vienna Konzerthaus, Wigmore Hall, National Gallery of Art and Miller Theater. Onay has performed as a soloist with such leading orchestras as Dresden Staatskapelle, Philharmonia Orchestra, English Chamber Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic, Japan Philharmonic, St Petersburg Philharmonic, Tokyo Symphony, Warsaw Philharmonic and Vienna Symphony. Conductors with which she has performed include Vladimir Ashkenazy, Erich Bergel, Jorg Faerber, Vladimir Fedoseyev, Neeme Jarvi, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Jose Serebrier and Stanislaw Wislocki.

Cambridge-based Turkish State Artist, UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador, in high demand for her unique and sensuous Chopin, Saygun and Rachmaninoff interpretations. 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 was dedicated to her.


Athenaeum String Quartet

The newly formed chamber music ensemble is composed of a generation of musicians that combines style and artistic values from a well-established traditional Romanian School of Music, influenced by francophone culture and pre-revolutionary Russian School, and the dynamic modern evolution of Western European and American practice of instrumental performance. The four musicians have collaborated in multiple occasions as part of orchestral and chamber music ensembles before being united under the patronage of George Enescu Philharmonic, and performing on several stages in Romania, including the famous Romanian Athenaeum in Bucharest.

The ensemble is composed of Mircea Lazăr, a violinist that developed as a musician tutored from an early age by the great violin teacher Ștefan Gheorghiu. After obtaining his master’s degree, he was accepted into the New World Symphony Academy in Miami Beach under the renowned conductor and artistic director Michael Tilson Thomas. There, he collaborated with prestigious musicians such as Andris Nelsons, Riccardo Muti, Esa-Pekka Salonen, and John Adams, and received professional guidance from renowned violinists like Gil Shaham, Midori Goto, Christian Tetzlaff, and Leila Josefowicz. 

Violinist Mateus Măi Antal has over 20 awards at national and international competitions. He graduated from the Basel Conservatory in Switzerland, under the guidance of Adelina Oprean, where he was very focused on chamber music performance. Iulia Goiana graduated with a double degree in violin (2016) and viola (2017) at the Rostock University of Music and Theatre under the guidance of professors Liviu Câsleanu and Felix Schwartz respectively. Since 2020 she is a member of the “George Enescu”Philharmonic Orchestra, Bucharest.

Constantin Borodin is a Moldovan cellist who is apart of a young generation of exceptional cellists in Romania that were mentored and guided by Maestro Marin Cazacu. He currently holds a cello position at the“George Enescu” Philharmonic Orchestra in Bucharest while also being involved inchamber music and solo concerts and projects.


Guest Artist: Daniil Margulis

Born in Ankara-Turkey in 2000 Turkish Double Bassist Daniil Margulis is the Grand Prize winner of the 8th International Caspian Artist competition as well as a Finalist in the 2017 Silk Street Sinfonia Young Soloist Competition in London. He made his public debut aged 7 when he gave a solo performance on Turkish “NTV”. After finishing his studies at the Bilkent University Music and Ballet school he went on to study at the Yehudi Menuhin School on a full scholarship with Professor Caroline Emery with whom he continues to study at the Royal College of Music on afull scholarship. He has many solo performances to his credit as well as a substantial orchestral repertoire. He has been the principal Double Bassist of the RCMJD Symphony Orchestra, YMS String Orchestra and the Ankara and Bilkent Youth Symphony Orchestras as well as visiting tutti member of Bilkent Symphony Orchestra playing under conductors such as Peter Stark, Gurer Aykal, Oscar Colomina i Bosch and Elşad Bagirov as well as being a member of TURKSOY Youth Chamber Orchestra with whom he toured the Balkan States. Chamber Music highlights include a collaboration with Emmanuel Despax on BBC Radio 3 “In Tune” as well as being invited to the 8th International Cappadocia Chamber Music Festival for J.S Bach’s 333rd Birthday Celebrations in 2018. Keen performer of contemporary music, Daniil has performed at the London Sinfonietta “Contemporary Music for All” event held in Queen Mary University in London. He has toured Spain and Switzerland with the YMS String Orchestra performing in venues such as “Juan March Foundation, Auditoria de Zaragoza, Conservatorio Superior de Valencia, Pablo Casals Auditoria and the Saanen Church within the Gstaad Menuhin Festival. He has performed in countries such as England, Scotland, Spain, Switzerland, Bosnia, Montenegro, Kosovo and Turkey. He has shared the stage with acclaimed musicians such as Viktor Tretyakov, Rebekka Hartmann, Gulsin Onay and Emmanuel Despax. Daniil has worked with teachers such as Paul Ellison, David Allen Moore, Ira Gold and Enrico Fagone. He plays on a 1994 “Quenoil” copy made by Horst Grunert. He is kindly supported by Talent Unlimited.

Since 2021 he has been supported on a full scholarship by the GFA Education Bursary Fund.