RECITAL PIANO: G脺LSIN ONAY


G眉lsin Onay (born 12 September 1954 in Istanbul) is a leading Turkish concert pianist.

Education

Born into a musical family, G眉lsin Onay began to play the piano at the age of three. Her first teacher was her mother.

When she was 6 years old, G眉lsin Onay gave her first concert on TRT Radio Istanbul. At the age of 10, she received a special government scholarship under the 脺st眉n Yetenekli 脟ocuklar Kanunu (Law for Exceptionally Talented Children), which enabled her to study first in Ankara with Mithat Fenmen and Ahmed Adnan Saygun, and two years later at the Paris Conservatory, where her teachers were Pierre Sancan, Monique Haas, Pierre Fiquet and Nadia Boulanger.

At the age of 16 she graduated with the Premier Prix de Piano. She continued her studies with Bernhard Ebert at the Musikhochschule Hannover.

 

Career

At the outset of her career G眉lsin Onay took prizes in leading competitions, including the Marguerite Long-Jacques Thibaud Piano Competition (Paris) and the Ferruccio Busoni International Piano Competition (Bolzano).

Since then she has played in the musical centres of 65 countries in a career spanning all continents.

She has played with orchestras including Dresden Staatskapelle, English Chamber Orchestra, Japan Philharmonic, Munich Radio Symphony, Royal Philharmonic, St Petersburg Philharmonic, Tokyo Symphony, Warsaw Philharmonic and Vienna Symphony Orchestras, under such conductors as Vladimir Ashkenazy, Erich Bergel, Michael Boder, Andrey Boreyko, J枚rg Faerber, Edward Gardner, Emmanuel Krivine, Ingo Metzmacher, Jose Serebrier, Vassily Sinaisky, Stanislaw Wislocki and Lothar Zagrosek. Ms. Onay’s many festival appearances include Berlin, Warsaw, Granada, Mozartfest W眉rzburg, Newport, Schleswig-Holstein and Istanbul.

An exceptional Chopin interpreter, G眉lsin 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 Ahmed 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.

Other contemporary composers who have dedicated works to G眉lsin Onay are Hubert Stuppner, Denis Dufour, Jean-Louis Petit, Muhiddin D眉rr眉o臒lu and Marc-Andr茅 Hamelin. G眉lsin Onay has also given world premieres of concertos by Stuppner and Tabakov.

As state artist, G眉lsin Onay is an official soloist of the Presidential Symphony Orchestra in Ankara. She is Artist in Residence at Bilkent University in Ankara.

G眉lsin Onay is Artistic Advisor of the G眉m眉艧l眉k International Classical Music Festival

 

Recordings

鈥淎n exceptional pianist, endowed with virtuosic brilliance and boundless energy, and an interpretive power both intelligent and emotionally sensitive鈥, G眉lsin Onay has recorded 20 albums that illustrate the breadth of her repertoire as well as her interpretive power.

Her 2007 CD featuring live concert recordings of Tchaikovsky鈥檚 1st and Rachmaninov鈥檚 3rd Piano Concerto, has been acclaimed by critics and virtuosi alike. In 2008 CPO released her recording of both Saygun concertos with the Bilkent Symphony Orchestra and Howard Griffiths, to widespread critical acclaim.

Most recently, the American label VAI has released a live DVD of her performances of the Grieg Concerto and the Saint-Sa毛ns 2nd Concerto, to be followed in early 2011 by the first of two live recital DVDs, featuring her critically acclaimed performances from the Miami International Piano Festival.

Many of Ms. Onay鈥檚 concerts have been broadcast on European radio and television, and in the USA on National Public Radio.

Honours

Honorary doctorate degrees from Bosphorus University in Istanbul, and from Hacettepe University in Ankara.

State Artist of the Republic of Turkey (1987).

Appointed Goodwill Ambassador by the Turkish national committee of UNICEF in 2003.

Gold Cross of Merit of the Polish nation (2007), awarded by the Polish President Lech Kaczy艅ski for her contributions to Polish culture through her outstanding performances of the music of Chopin.

2007 Honorary Award Medal of the Sevda-Cenap And Music Foundation.

Other

G眉lsin Onay’s mother is the daughter of the famous Turkish mathematician and scientist Kerim Erim.

G眉lsin Onay’s son Erkin Onay is a professional violinist. He is currently a concertmaster of the orchestra of the Ankara State Opera and Ballet.

G眉lsin Onay is married to Tony Scholl, Professor of Algebra and Number Theory at Cambridge University.

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