GÜLSIN ONAY AT THE MANOEL
In collaboration with the Embassy of the Republic of Turkey, Teatru Manoel is presenting the next in its series of Wednesdays at the Manoel with a wonderful piano recital by Turkish pianist Gülsin Onay on the 9th December at 8pm, with a pre-recital talk at 7.15pm.
Gülsin Onay is one of Turkey’s leading musicians with an international career that has spanned 68 countries across all continents. She has performed in the major musical venues of the world and has also performed with leading orchestras, including 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.
An exceptional Chopin interpreter, Gülsin Onay was honoured with the award of a State Medal by the Polish nation in 2007. She is also acknowledged worldwide as the finest interpreter of music by 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.
Gülsin Onay holds the titles of State Artist in her native Turkey, and of soloist for the Presidential Symphony Orchestra in Ankara. She is Artist in Residence at Bilkent University in Ankara and holds honorary doctorate degrees from Bosphorus University in Istanbul and from Hacettepe University in Ankara. The Sevda-Cenap And Music Foundation awarded its prestigious 2007 Honorary Award Gold Medal to Gülsin Onay, and she was named “Pianist of the Year” in the 2011 Donizetti Classical Music Awards. In 2014, she was awarded the Honorary Medal of the 42nd Istanbul Music Festival.
The full programme includes Johann Sebastian Bach’s Partita No. 1 in B flat major, BWV 825, Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy’s Variations sérieuses op.54, Frédéric Chopin’s Ballade no.3 in A flat major, op.47, Ahmed Adnan Saygun’s Sonatine op.15 and Ludwig van Beethoven’s Sonata in C major, op. 53 (Waldstein).
Tickets can be purchased from the Manoel Theatre website and are €20, with discounts for students and senior citizens. Primary school aged children (6+) enter free, but must be accompanied by a paying adult.