A new music festival under name of Saygun
İZMİR – Anadolu Agency
Turkey’s world-famous pianist Fazıl Say will meet İzmir’s art lovers tonight. DHA Photoİzmir has launched a bid to boost its cultural life with a new music festival organized under the name of a famous pianist, the late Ahmet Adnan Saygun. Organized by the İzmir Metropolitan Municipality, the Saygun Music Festival, which kicked off Feb. 2, will continue until Feb. 9 at the Ahmet Adnan Saygun Arts Center.
At the opening concert of the festival, the Aegean Arts Symphony Orchestra, under the baton of conductor İbrahim Yazıcı, was accompanied pianists Emre Şen, Gülsin Onay, Mauricio Vallina and Jean Bernard Pommier. The concert consisted entirely of piano concertos.
On the second day of the festival, world-famous pianist Fazıl Say will meet İzmir’s art lovers tonight at 8 p.m.
The festival will also host a competition during with young pianists will show their talent. The jury members of the competition include Onay, Pommier, Şen, Vallina and Yazıcı.
Awards will be given to the top three in the 11-17 and 18-24 age categories, in addition to a special award and honorable mention awards. The last concert of the festival will be held on Feb. 7, with the participation of the finalists of the competition.
The Saygun Music Festival also provides opportunity for piano students and piano department graduates to work with Şen and Edna Golandsky at master class events until Feb. 9.