Istanbul, Ephesus (Turkey)
13-17 June 2014
Sinfonia Varsovia is now in Turkey, where it will perform at two festivals: the 42nd Istanbul Music Festival and the 28th International Izmir Festival. The Orchestra will play with excellent soloists and conductors, including Piotr Anderszewski, Julian Rachlin and Krzysztof Penderecki.
Three of four of Sinfonia Varsovia’s concerts in Turkey (13, 16 and 17 June) will take place at the 42nd Istanbul Music Festival. The Orchestra will be conducted by Andres Mustonen, Jakub Hrusa and Krzysztof Penderecki – its Artistic Director. Among the renowned soloists playing with the Orchestra are violist Yuri Bashmet, pianist Piotr Anderszewski and violinist Julian Rachlin. The concerts will feature works by Beethoven, Tchaikovsky and Raskatov, including the first performance of Crying in the Wilderness, with the Warsaw National Philharmonic Choir. The Orchestra has also taken care to play Polish music, with Szymanowski’s 4th Symphony for piano and orchestra (Symphonie Concertante) and Penderecki’s 2nd Symphony Christmas.
Sinfonia Varsovia is the resident orchestra of the festival in Istanbul.
On Saturday, 14 June, the Orchestra, under the direction of Maestro Penderecki will open the 28th International Izmir Festival. The programme of the concert, which will take place in the picturesque amphitheatre in Ephesus, includes Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No.5 Op.73 in E-flat major Emperor. The solo part will be performed by Turkish pianist Hüseyin Sermet.
Sinfonia Varsovia’s concerts at the festivals in Turkey are possible thanks to financing from the funds of the Minister of Culture and National Heritage.
The events are part of the cultural programme celebrating 600 years of Polish-Turkish diplomatic relations in 2014 www.turkiye.culture.pl