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


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

When she was 6 years old, Gülsin Onay gave her first concert on TRT Radio Istanbul. At the age of 10, she received a special government scholarship under the Üstün Yetenekli Çocuklar 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.



At the outset of her career Gülsin 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, Jörg 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 Würzburg, Newport, Schleswig-Holstein and Istanbul.

An exceptional Chopin interpreter, Gülsin 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 Gülsin Onay are Hubert Stuppner, Denis Dufour, Jean-Louis Petit, Muhiddin Dürrüoğlu and Marc-André Hamelin. Gülsin Onay has also given world premieres of concertos by Stuppner and Tabakov.

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

Gülsin Onay is Artistic Advisor of the Gümüşlük International Classical Music Festival



“An exceptional pianist, endowed with virtuosic brilliance and boundless energy, and an interpretive power both intelligent and emotionally sensitive”, Gülsin 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’s 1st and Rachmaninov’s 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-Saëns 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’s concerts have been broadcast on European radio and television, and in the USA on National Public Radio.


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 Kaczyński 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.


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

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

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

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istanbul swimming tours and radiosatellite

istanbul swimming tours and radiosatellite









Swimming and relaxing in istanbul?? It’s possible now

If you plan to visit Istanbul… If you want to go to the beach in instanbul…yes…in Istanbul… Not easy to find a place for swimming?

Normally..it’s not easy..But with http://www.istanbulswimmingtours.com/

Satellite’s team tried it and …it’s a REAL pleasure . You can beleive us.

a whole day spent on this fantastic boat and also swimming in Marmara beach in 3 wonderful points; 3 stops (For every stop => around 1 hour / 1 hours 30 ( around the princess islands).

Security, foods, drinks etc.. are available

Oh one more thing: We had the chance to see DOLPHINS
Amazing !!

We loved it and we are posting this ( it’s not an advertising..we received “no money” for this) It’s just that the istanbulswimmingtours and also the “before toursim agency” (in charge of this tour) deserve this post here

It’s a brand new formula launched by Begore agency in May 2014 . So don’t bother yourself..It’s not available in tourism guides…Just go and try it before the others..Before they talk about in guides and you will have to book a log time before..They are the only one to offer such formula in istanbul .. So take advantage of this to try it now.

Don’t say that you don’t know We informed you ( and Radiosatellite is here to inform also )

Best wishes dear listeners and readers.

Pierre from Satellite team






Si vous envisagez visiter Instabul cet été : Il faut A TOUT PRIX
ne pas rater le tour en bateau qui vous permettra de nager en pleine mer ( sécurisée ) de Marmara.

Il n’est pas évident d’aller à la plage à Istanbul… A chaque fois, nous nous posons la question.. Ok nous allons à Istanbul mais la mer?? où nager?? Le bosphore?? Non.. Alors comment?

Notre team a essayer “istanbul swimming tour”… En fait c’est un mix de relax, bronzage sur le bateau très spacieux et possédant toutes les commodités pour passer des journées entières…

Donc c’est un mix de relax et de natation. En 3 points bien précis, bien propres, bien sécurisés ( il y a des flotteurs pour ceux / celles qui le souhaitent).

3 arrêts pour natation ( 1h30 environ par arrêt)istanbul 4

Une sublime journée passée à bord de ce navire, à l’équipage professionnel. D’ailleurs, certains d’entre nous ont pu piloter le bateau
(sous le contrôle du capitaine évidemment) mais ce fut une super expérience.

De 09h00 à 18h00 de natation et de relax avec de super beaux paysages…

Cela vaut le coup..




Notre team souhaiter faire la navette vers d’autres mers mais il nous fallait 2 heures de route par autobus) . Du coup, nous avons opté pour cette formulehttp://istanbulswimmingtours.com/ de loin plus interessante..Surtout qu’ils sont les seuls à Istanbul à proposer ce genre de formule pour nager et profiter d’un bateau.. ( qui n’a pas eu envie de posséder son propre bateau pour 1 jour au moins , pour en profiter??)

Dernier point: Ce n’est pas du tout une publicité. Nous n’avons rien encaissé . C’est juste que nous voulons rendre honneur à une équipe
qui fait le maximum pour que cette promenade soit un succès.

Un succès qui fait la glore du tourisme à Istanbul
Un succès qui fait le bonheur des clients que nous sommes

N’hésitez pas …C’est tout nouveau comme formule (vous ne la trouverez pas dans les guides pour l’instant ) et cela vaut VRAIMENT le détour.

Sur ce, nous vous souhaitons une bonne journée /soirée et de bonnes vacances

Pierre de radio Satellite 

Pierre from radiosatellite

Pierre from radiosatellite





Comme d’habitude,  nos webradios “Radio Satelllite2”  et “Radio Satellite” vous écoutent et répondent  à vos requêtes. Nous avons donc préparé un programme de 2 heures 30 minutes.Image

burcu gunesVendredi 02 Mai 2014 à MIDI (CET , heure de Paris) nous avons le plaisir de vous présenter un programme regroupant des musiques, chansons, titres traditionnels de plusieurs pays et communautés: 

Nous aurons des musiques /chansons espagnoles, indiennes, libanaises, turques, greques, irlandaises, écossaises, néerlandaises etc…

Nous aurons des musiques traditionnelles hebraiques, des artistes originaires du Maroc interprétant des titres en langue espagnole, des artistes russes, italiens, coréens…02 heures 30 minutes regroupant les meilleures musiques du monde.Kitaro


Enjoy 🙂