GetClassical at India House presents:
Two solo performances by master concert pianists and longtime friends
Gülsin Onay and Ilya Itin.
March 9th, 2015
Doors open at 6.30 PM
Concert begins at 7 PM
1 Hanover Square
New York, N.Y. 10004
The concert will be broadcasted by WWFM
General Admission: $40 and Artist/Student Admission: $20
An international concert pianist and esteemed pedagogue, this Russian musician’s extraordinary artistry has convinced audiences, critics and perhaps most remarkably many of his renowned colleagues with his outstanding musicianship. Covering a broad range of repertoire ranging from Bach to Cage in sold-out recitals and his ever-increasing discography, BBC TV’s Ian Burnside remarked:”I’d go to hear him play the phonebook,” and International Piano Magazine proclaimed Itin’s playing as “borderline unbelievable.” Renowned for his subtle and passionate performances of works by his compatriot, Sergey Rachmaninov, Itin will also present a selection of works by Debussy from his latest recording.
Gülsin Onay: One of Turkey’s most outstanding pianists, Onay has received numerous accolades for her international performances as a celebrated Chopin and Rachmaninov interpreter and as the foremost advocate of Turkish composer Ahmed Adnan Saygun’s work, her great mentor. Invited to perform concertos with many venerable conductors including Vladimir Ashkenazy, Andrey Boreyko, Esa-Pekka Salonen and Jose Serebrier around the world, she has also taken a special interest in giving back to society. As Goodwill, cultural ambassador for UNICEF Turkey she has collaborated with major artists, such as Maxim Vengerov; she was recently acknowledged with an honorary award at the 2014 Istanbul Music Festival. She will perform a selection of works by Chopin and Saygun.
More about Gülsin Onay:
“…Gülsin Onay gave the piano its symphonic language, its power and its modernity (La Dépêche du Midi)…The Turkish pianist displayed her vivacity and feeling for rhythm in the Sketches by Adnan Saygun, considered the Turkish Bela Bartok” (Weststeirische Rundschau)
Through her exceptional musicality, atmospheric elegance and rhythmic transparency, Onay, who resides in London, has managed to unite many facets of her Turkish roots with her life, anchored in the Western cultural tradition.
The pianist gave her first public recital on Turkish Radio at age six. The child prodigy studied in Ankara, with Mithat Fenmen and Ahmed Adnan Saygun and, invited by the famed Nadaia Boulanger, continued studies at the Paris Conservatory and later at the Hochschule für Musik, in Hanover. As co-founder and artistic advisor of the Gümüşlük International Classical Music Festival, she re-unites East and West in music making, her inviting personable charm and friendship. Learn more about the artist –