Pianist Gulsin Onay's Concert

NEW YORK, Jan. 11, 2005 - The Turkish Consulate General and Columbia University’s Intercollegiate Turkish Students Society will present a free public concert featuring one of the most talented of contemporary Turkish musical artists, Gulsin Onay at the Miller Theatre at Columbia University, 2690 Broadway (at 116th Street), MC 1801 on Wednesday, Jan. 19 at 7 p.m.  Onay will perform an eclectic classical program spanning centuries and cultures, from the music of FrĂ©dĂ©ric Chopin and Franz Liszt as well as that of her countrymen Muhiddin Durruoglu-Demiriz and Ahmed Adnan Saygun.

From an early age Onay’s musical destiny was apparent - as a six-year old she gave her first public concert on Turkish radio. By the age of 16, she had graduated from the Paris Conservatoire, winning the prestigious Premier Prix du Piano in the process. Subsequently, she also won prizes in top international competitions, including Paris’s Marguerite Long-Jacques Thibaud and the Ferruccio Busoni in Bolzano .

As celebrated in her native land as she is internationally, Onay holds the title of State Artist for Turkey , is a soloist for the Presidential Symphony Orchestra in Ankara, and has been awarded an Honorary Doctorate from the Bosphorus University in Istanbul . In 2003 she was named Goodwill Ambassador by the Turkish National Committee of UNICEF, and is Artist in Residence at Bilkent University, Ankara .

A fixture at the world’s most prestigious concert halls and music festivals she is a particular champion of Saygun, often including his Turkish folk music inspired compositions in her programs.  In turn, he dedicated his 2nd piano concerto to her.  Other contemporary composers who have been inspired by her mastery of a wide ranging solo and concerto repertoire, spanning all periods and style, include Hubert Stuppner, Denis Dufour, Jean-Louis Petit and Marc Andre Hamelin.

            Gulsin Onay will share her musical gifts free of charge with New Yorkers at 7 p.m. on Jan. 19 in Columbia University’s Miller Theatre, 2690 Broadway (at 116th Street ), MC 1801 courtesy of the Turkish Counsel General and Columbia University ’s Intercollegiate Turkish Students Society.  The Miller Theater is conveniently located at the 116th street stop of the 1 and 9 subways.  And the intersection is served by the M4, M5, M11, M60 and M104 buses.

For more information about GĂĽlsin Onay visit www.gulsinonay.com and for more information about her Jan. 19 concert, contact the Turkish Culture and Tourism Office at 212-687-2194.

To learn more about the country that spawned this globally recognized musical talent,  the site of two wonders of the ancient world, and a present-day marvel as the cradle of civilization, the very center of world history, and a modern Westward-looking republic, visit www.tourismturkey.org or www.turizm.gov.tr

Turkey, the site of two wonders of the ancient world, is a present-day marvel – the cradle of civilization, the very center of world history and a modern Westward-looking republic. It is a country of fascinating contrasts, where antiquity is juxtaposed with the contemporary, the familiar with the exotic; where sun-swept beaches beckon less than an hour away from snow-capped mountains, and everywhere visitors are treated to the extraordinary warmth of the Turkish people.

For information about travel to Turkey, call 1-877-FOR-TURKEY 
or contact the Turkish Culture and Tourism Offices in New York at 212-687-2194 
or in Washington D.C. at 202-612-6800 or in Los Angeles at 323-937-8066
and visit www.tourismturkey.org 
or www.kulturturizm.gov.tr


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