Organised by Altus Arts & Culture, APF is welcoming French pianist Vanessa Wagner, who did a great collaboration with Mexican electronica & ambient artist Murcof, at Ankara Piano Festival on March 28th, 2017.
John Cage, In a Landscape
Arvo Pärt, Variations for the healing of Arinushka
Aphex Twin, April 14th
György Ligeti, Musica Ricercata n°2
Erik Satie, Gnossienne n°3
Morton Feldman, Piano Piece 1952
Valentyn Silvestrov, Farewell O World, O Earth
John Adams, China Gates
Philip Glass, Metamorphosis 2
Organised by Altus Arts & Culture, APF is welcoming Austrian pianist Ingolf Wunder on February 19th, at PSO concert hall.
MOZART: Piano Sonata No. 12 in F, K. 332
BEETHOVEN: Piano Sonata No. 23 in F minor, Op. 57 “Appassionata”
CHOPIN: Nocturne Op.9/1 & Op.9/2
CHOPIN: Rondo a la mazur
CHOPIN: Scherzo No. 4
Ingolf Wunder achieved worldwide recognition at the 2010 International Chopin Piano Competition in Warsaw, winning Second Prize and several special awards including Best Prize for Concerto, Best Prize for Polonaise Fantasy and the audience award.
Born on 8 September 1985 in Klagenfurt (Austria), Ingolf Wunder had his first music lessons at the age of four, on the violin. He had reached a high level of proficiency when, around 14 years of age his talent for the piano was discovered by a teacher who urged him to dedicate himself to the keyboard instrument. Ingolf Wunder gave up violin after ten years of playing, left Klagenfurt Music Conservatory and began intensive piano studies at the Linz Music University under prof. Horst Matthaeus, the same who had advised Wunder to change the intrument. Half a year later Ingolf Wunder participated in his first youth piano competition (VII Concorso Internazionale di Musica, in Cortemillia, Italy) winning 1st Prize. In the next few months he won 1st Prizes at the XVI European Music Competition in Torino (Italy), 63. Steinway Piano Competition in Hamburg (Germany) and a few more.
Since his success in the 2010 Chopin Piano Competition in Warsaw, Ingolf Wunder has been touring and enriching his musical world on many levels. In January 2011 he signed an exclusive recording contract with Deutsche Grammophon. To widen his horizon he decided to undertake additionally conducting studies, which he continued externally until the end of 2012 between his piano performances. He remains in a contact with his mentor, Adam Harasiewicz and other authorities of the piano scene for artistic advise.
He has performed with Vienna Symphonics, London Chamber Orchestra, Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra, Warsaw Philharmonics, NHK Symphony Orchestra, Tokyo Symphony Orchestra, Symphony Orchestra New Russia and many others.
Organised by Altus Arts & Culture, APF is welcoming Dutch piano brothers for the first in Ankara at Ankara Piano Festival on January 29th, 2017.
*Lebensstürme , D947 - Franz Schubert
2 Noktürn Op.62 - Frederic Chopin
Ballad No.1, Op.23 - Frederic Chopin
*Fa minor Fantasia Op.103, D.940 - Franz Schubert
*Sonat, FP 8 - Francis Poulenc
El amor y la muerte, Balada - Enrique Granados
Variations Op.41 - Nikolai Kapustin
*Ma mere l’Oye - Maurice Ravel
Lucas and Arthur received their first piano lessons from Leny Bettman in their native town of Hilversum. In 2001, Lucas (1993) reached the finale of the Three-day Rotterdam Piano Festival and in 2004, Arthur (1996) was chosen as ‘Young Musical Talent of the Year’ at the National Contest of the Young Musical Talent Foundation. In 2005, the brothers studied in Portugal and Brazil for nearly a year at the invitation of Portuguese master pianist Maria João Pires. In the following years they took lessons from both Pires and two renowned Dutch teachers: Piano pedagogue Jan Wijn took them under his wing, and with Ton Hartsuiker they broadened their knowledge of 20th-century music. In 2011, Lucas and Arthur received the first ever Concertgebouw Young Talent Award, and in 2013 they won the Audience Award of the Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern.
Lucas and Arthur have performed with nearly all Dutch orchestras, among which the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, the Rotterdam and The Hague Philharmonic orchestras, and the Radio Chamber Philharmonic Orchestra. They have also performed with acclaimed international orchestras, among others the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra, London Chamber Orchestra, MDR Sinfonie Orchester and Shanghai Symphony Orchestra. They have worked with conductors for example Jaap van Zweden, Claus Peter Flor, Elihu Inbal, Jan Willem de Vriend, Stéphane Denève, James Gaffigan, Sir Neville Marriner and Frans Brüggen. Moreover, they have collaborated with several renowned musicians such as Chinese star pianist Lang Lang, with whom Lucas shared the stage during the Prinsengracht Concert in Amsterdam in 2006. In October 2013, Lucas and Arthur performed the world première of Together, a work for two pianos written for them especially by Theo Loevendie.
Besides their orchestral concerts, the brothers are also known and celebrated for their recitals. They performed in both the Master Pianists and Robeco series of the Concertgebouw (Amsterdam) and have performed for the former Dutch queen Beatrix on several occasions.
In 2010, Lucas and Arthur signed a record deal with Deutsche Grammophon. Their debut CD with works by Beethoven received platinum status and was awarded the Edison Klassiek Publieksprijs (audience award). After a successful Schubert recording (gold status), they dedicated their third CD Jeux to French piano music, with works by Fauré, Ravel and Poulenc.
Organised by Altus Arts & Culture, APF is welcoming legendary Grammy winning musician Robert Glasper for the time in Ankara at MEB Sura Hall.
Blending funky jazz and hip hop masterfully at his piano, Robert Glasper has worked with musicians like bassist Christian McBride and sax genius Kenny Garrett. He later collaborated with Nicholas Payton, Terence Blanchard and Roy Hargrove. These names have had a great impact on shaping Glasper’s sound. The artist received his first Grammy nomination with “Double Booked,” which combined funky jazz with acoustic piano. “Black Radio,” Glasper’s paradigm-shifting, boundary pushing second album, won the “Best R&B Album” award at 2013 Grammy Awards. Receiving high praises from Rolling Stone magazine, “Black Radio” also made it to the Top 10. The talented musician will perform his special blend ranging from East Coast hip hop to Blue Note jazz on Thursday, 1 December at MEB Sura.
Organised by Altus Arts & Culture, APF is welcoming Israeli-Palestinian pianist Saleem Ashkar, already a master interpreter of Beethoven’s work, to take us on this epic musical journey at Ankara Piano Festival on November 27th, 2016
Piano Sonata No. 2 in A major, Op. 2
Piano Sonata No. 14 in C sharp minor, Op. 27 ‘Moonlight’
Piano Sonata No. 25 in G major, Op. 79
Piano Sonata No. 30 in E major, Op. 109
“Ashkar’s is an art that disguises art and his performances are among the finest in the catalogue.”
"It could be said that if Beethoven himself was looking down, he would in turn have been delighted with Ashkar’s sparkling treatment of the fiendish passage.”
The Northern Echo, UK
"Ashkar was a sensitive interpreter of Mendelssohn’s music, as well as having a brilliant technique.
"He captures just the right balance of clarity, swiftness of attack, poetry and élan: every note shines with sun-reflecting clarity as the finales whirl along. Mendelssohn’s limitless passagework wonderfully even and always musically shaped.”
BBC Music Magazine
Organised by Altus Arts & Culture, APF is welcoming Hungarian pianists Dezs? Ránki & Edit Klukon at Ankara Piano Festival on Oct 31th, 2016
*Les Préludes - Symphonic Poem No. 3
Andante - Andante maestoso - Allegro tempestuoso - Allegretto pastorale -
Allegro marziale animato - Andante maestoso
*Von der Wiege bis zum Grabe / Du berceau jusqu’à la tombe
I. Die Wiege – Le berceau
II. Der Kampf um’s Dasein – Le combat pour la vie
III. Zum Grabe: Die Wiege des zukünftigen Lebens – À la tombe: Berceau de la vie future
Symphonic Poem No. 6, after Victor Hugo
Allegro agitato - Un poco più mosso - Andante - Allegro - Allegro marziale
*Transcription for piano four hands by the composer
– interval –
(Eine Symphonie zu Dantes Divina Commedia)
II. Purgatorio – Magnificat
**Version for two pianos by the composer
Dezs? Ránki, winner of the Schumann International Piano Competition in 1969 has performed with the most prestigious orchestras such as the Berlin Philharmonic, London Philharmonic, BBC Symphony, Concertgebouw and worked with such prominent conductors as Maazel, Mehta, Solti, and Kondrashin. Edit Klukon’s career as recitalist has included engagements with many great singers like Dénes Gulyás, László Polgár, Lucia Popp, and Ruth Ziesak. Ránki and Klukon began to play as a duo in 1985. They have since performed most of the two-piano works of Mozart, Schubert, Schumann, Brahms, Debussy, Ravel, Grieg, Liszt, Bartók, and others. The duo regularly play recitals in their homeland, Hungary, and have performed in many other important cities and festivals such as Salzburg, Torino, Milano, Munich, Paris, London, Lisbon, Washington D.C., Las Palmas, Sao Paulo, and Lucerne. Ránki-Klukon Duo recently published CDs include works by Satie and Liszt.
Organised by Altus Arts & Culture, APF is welcoming legendary Canadian pianist Angela Hewitt at Ankara Piano Festival on May 7th, 2016
Bach: Partita No. 2 in C minor
Haydn: Sonata in B minor, Hob. XVI/32
Haydn: Fantasia in C major
Beethoven: Tempest Sonata Op 31 No 2
Bach: Chromatic Fantasy and Fugue
"Ms. Hewitt is one of those rare musicians who seem to get something into their heads and hearts and find it at their fingertips instantaneously." - New York Times
With her thrilling recitals and concerts in some of the world’s best venues, Angela has managed to acquire a title as one of the top classical pianists of our time.
Angela is a member of the Royal Society of Canada and the proud winner of numerous awards such as the State Medal of Canada. In 2006, she acquired the Gramophone Award for the "Artist of the Year" and in 2010, she won the MIDEM Classical Award for “Instrumentalist of the Year".
Organised by Altus Arts & Culture, APF is welcoming legendary Hungarian pianist GERGELY BOGANYI at CSO Concert Hall on March 26th, 2016.
- Ballada no. 1 in G minor op. 23
- Nocturne op. 9 no. 3 in B major
- Bolero op. 19
- Suite bergamasque
- L'isle joyeuse
Sonata in B minor
Gergely Bogányi is a born musician, born into a musical Hungarian family. His brilliant technique, coupled with a deeply expressed, artistic interpretation has made him an outstanding international performer. Born in Vác, Hungary, Gergely Bogányi began playing the piano at the age of four. He continued his studies at the Liszt Academy in Budapest with Laszlo Baranyay. He also studied at the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki with Professor Matti Raekallio, and at the University of Indiana in Bloomington with Professor György Sebök. He participated in several masterclasses of Annie Fischer and Ferenc Rados. Among his professors he cordially remembers Annie Fischer who made a deep impression upon his art. She instructed him regularly and was a cherished mentor until her death.
From a young age, Gergely Bogányi has had success in several national and international competitions. He won a prize at the national piano competition in Nyíregyháza at the age of six, and three years later he won top prize at the same competition. Other early competitions include the third prize in Ettlingen, Germany in 1990 and the second prize in Epinal, France in 1991, where he was the youngest competitor. In Helsinki he was a three-time winner of the Finnish radio “Helmi Vesa Competition.” He won first prizes in both the Chopin and the Mozart competitions in Budapest in 1993, and Indiana University’s music competition in 1994. In 1996 he earned the gold Medal at the “International Franz Liszt Competition” in Budapest, one of the most distinguished competitions in the world.
Gergely Bogányi is a constant guest for recitals in the best halls in Europe and worldwide, and is invited to perform as a soloist by the best orchestras in the world, for example the London Philharmonics in 2004. He is regularly making radio, TV and CD recordings and giving masterclasses. Besides the complete Chopin oeuvre and a wide repertoire of solo pieces (for example Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, Brahms, Schumann, Liszt, Bartók), there are more than 30 piano concertos on his extremely broad repertoire. In the autumn of 2001 his series of “Chopin’s complete piano works” received the Hungarian gramofon Prize in the category of “Best concert event and performing artist in Hungary”.
Gergely Bogányi also performs regularly as a chamber musician. The Bogányi- Kelemen Trio, in which he plays together with his brother Tibor, a cellist, and with violinist Barnabás Kelemen, won the first prize at the Kuhmo Chamber Music Competition in 1999. He frequently performs in concert with Mr. Kelemen; their CD recording was awarded the “grand Prix du disque” by the international Liszt Society. In 2004 they were presented in their New York debut at Carnegie Hall.
At exceptionally young age of 22, Gergely Bogányi was appointed a citizen of honor in his native town of Vác. In 2000 he was awarded the “Liszt Prize” by the Ministry of Cultural Heritage in Hungary, and in 2002 he was presented with the “Cross of Merit of the White Rose” of Finland by the President of the Finnish Republic. In 2004 he received the “Kossuth Prize” from the President of the Hungarian Republic, the highest artistic award of his native country. In November 2010 he was awarded a unique “Art Citizenship/Chopin year” passport by the Polish government.
Organised by Altus Arts & Culture, APF is welcoming legendary Croatian pianist IVO POGORELICH at CSO Concert Hall on February 27th, 2016.
Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
Sonata in F Major, Op. 54
Robert Schumann (1810-1856)
Toccata in C Major, Op. 7
Claude Debussy (1862-1918)
Suite „Pour le piano“
Enrique Granados (1867-1916)
Three spanish dances, n° 4, 5 & 9
Sergej Rachmaninoff (1873-1943)
Moments musicaux (6), Op. 16
Organised by Altus Arts & Culture, APF is welcoming one of the rising stars of the jazz world in recent years, Italian pianist Stefano Bollani at Ankara Piano Festival on Jan 19th, 2016
Music as a huge game to be re-invented time after time, alone or with different partners. Bollani takes the stage to learn something every night and “because it is cheaper than paying a psychoanalyst.” He’ s constantly searching stimulations everywhere, in all the music of the past but most of all he’ s exploring the present, the moment being, improvising alongside great artists like his noble mentor Enrico Rava, Richard Galliano, Bill Frisell, Paul Motian, Chick Corea, Hamilton de Holanda.
With the same spirit he’ s infiltrating inside symphony orchestras such as the Gewandhaus in Leipzig, the Scala in Milan and the Orchestre National de Paris, being taken by the hand by directors brave and enthusiastic such as Riccardo Chailly, Krjstian Jarvi, Daniel Harding.
Since 12 years, along with bassist Jesper Bodilsen and drummer Morten Lund, he is seeking a way to transmit to the public the same fun they experience whenever the voices of their instruments meet.
He celebrates the song-form alongside Caetano Veloso and Hector Zazou but also with renowned compatriots such as Irene Grandi, Fabio Concato, Elio e le Storie Tese.
When he’ s not playing, he’s writing books or creating theatre shows such as Primo Piano, with Banda Osiris or La regina dada, written and performed with Valentina Cenni, who, besides being a wonderful actress, is the woman who lives at his side.
In the radio, thanks to the cooperation with that wizard of David Riondino, he gave life to Dr. Djembè, omniscient musicologist who has been spreading seeds of irony and sarcasm for several years through channel RadioRai3' s microphones.
On TV, after the experience at the court of Renzo Arbore, he threw himself into jam sessions of speech and music in two seasons of his Sostiene Bollani on channel Rai3.
Everything is always made to communicate joy. Joy in spite of everything, as the title of his recent work for ECM says, borrowing a phrase from the great Tom Robbins.
Organised by Altus Arts & Culture, APF is welcoming two stars of the flamenco-jazz world, Chano Dominguez & Niño Josele at Ankara Piano Festival on Dec 12th, 2015
Explorers at heart, Chano Domínguez and Niño Josele set sail from Andalucía to discover the route that would lead them from Flamenco to Jazz and back. Along the way, they chanced upon an idiom common to both domains, an Esperanto where emotion reigns supreme. Now that musical boundaries and labels have fallen by the wayside, Chano and Josele join forces to savor a repertoire culled from their own inspiration and from all corners of the globe. Here’s a salve for the weary traveler on music’s superhighway – beauteous and intemporal, simply sublime.
Chano Dominguez. Those who have had the privilege of listening to him, agree about his genius and virtuosity at the piano. Chano Domínguez was born in Cádiz in 1960 and nowadays he is famous for exquisitely blending both genres: jazz and flamenco. In his 2012 album "Flamenco Sketches", Dominguez adopted flamenco-styled approach to create new music around Miles Davis’s historical record "Kind of Blue", nominated as Best Latin Jazz Album for the 55º Grammy Awards Edition. He has worked with an extensive range of artists including Enrique Morente, Estrella Morente, Martirio, Marta Valdés, Gonzalo Rubalcaba, Ana Belén, Jorge Pardo, Carles Benavent, Paco de Lucía, Joe Lovano, Herbie Hancock, Jack DeJohnette and Wynton Marsalis with the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra.
Niño Josele flamenco guitarist born in Almería (Southern Spain), has performed in numerous countries accompanying the genre’s greatest names; he toured together with Paco de Lucía for 6 years, shared the stage on tour with Enrique Morente, Jerry González, Javier Colina, Estrella Morente and he also performed with Chick Corea. The albums Paz (2006) and Española (2009) represent his immersion into jazz, which opened the gates to a new and enriching musical horizon and playing with great musicians like Freddy Cole, Marc Johnson, Joe Lovano, Papo Vazquez, Tom Harrell... and Phil Woods – the legendary 78-year-old musician and Charly Parker’s heir – who collaborated with Niño Josele on one of his albums. He received two Latin Grammys nominations in 2010 and 2012 for his albums Española and El Mar de Mi Ventana.
Organised by Altus Arts & Culture, APF is welcoming world renowned German pianist, composer, conductor Christian Zacharias at Ankara Piano Festival on Nov 4th, 2015
Scarlatti Piano Sonatas K 162, K 226, K 193, K 183, K 386
Soler Piano Sonatas No 24, 84,87, 88
Chopin Mazurkas ve Scherzos
Organised by Altus Arts & Culture, APF is welcoming world renowned Italian pianist Roberto Cacciapaglia at Ankara Piano Festival on March 12, 2015
As the protagonist of the most innovative Italian music scene, Roberto Cacciapaglia is referential, in Italy and abroad, for his musical research ranging between classicism and electronic experimentation. For many years he has been researching the powers of sound, in the direction of a music without borders, beyond any division. His music draws inspiration from these experiences and expresses itself through emotions rather than through rules and structures.
Organised by Altus Arts & Culture, APF is welcoming world renowed pianist Laure Favre Kahn at Ankara Piano Festival on February 27, 2015
Laure Favre-Kahn studied the piano at the Conservatoire in Avignon, before joining Bruno Rigutto's class at the Paris Conservatoire, where she was unanimously awarded a Premier Prix at the age of seventeen.
At the age of twenty, she made her first recording of works by Schumann, followed a year later by a CD devoted to Chopin, both on the Arion label.
In January 1999, she performed at the Midem Music Festival in Cannes as one of the ‘Revelations Classiques de l’ADAMI’. She makes regular appearances as a soloist or chamber musician in France, in Europe, in USA and in Asia. Her partner of predilection is the violonist Nemanja Radulovic.
She has taken part in many important festivals : Auvers-sur-Oise, Orange (Chorégies), Bagatelle (Chopin Festival), Antibes (Festival des Jeunes Solistes), Evian (Rencontres Musicales), Reims (Les Flâneries Musicales), Montpellier (Festival de Radio France), Rocamadour (Les Eclectiques), Nohant (Rencontres Internationales Chopin), etc...
Laure Favre-Kahn has guested with various orchestras: Orchestre Symphonique de Nancy, Orchestre Symphonique Français, Ensemble Orchestral de Normandie, Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte-Carlo, Ensemble Orchestral de Paris, Hong Kong Sinfonietta, Orchestre Colonne, Orchestre de Bretagne, Ukrainian Philharmonic Orchestra…
In July 2013 at the Avignon festival, Laure Favre-Kahn created the musical show “Chopin... Confidences“, where, alone on stage, she pays tribute to the composer, with the voice of Charles Berling.
In November 2004 she became an Ambassadress to Caméléon, a charity caring for children living in the streets in the Philippines.
3 mazurkas, op.17 n.4, op.7 n.3, op.68 n.4
Polonaise op.26 n.1
2 Nocturnes, op.55 n.1 et op.48 n.1
3 Valses, en la min op. posthume, op.64 n.2, op.64 n.1
Haëndel : sarabande (extrait de la 11ème suite)
Tchaïkovski : valse sentimentale op.51 n.6
Bartok : danses roumaines
Mozart : rondo Alla Turca (3ème mouv de la sonate en la majeur)
Brahms : danse hongroise n.11
Granados : danse espagnole n.5 Andaluza
Bizet : Farandole de l'Arlésienne
Piazzolla : 2 tangos "Chau Paris" et "Contrabajeando"
De Falla : danse rituelle du feu (extrait de l'amour sorcier)
The celebrated Cuban pianist Omar Sosa and Italian trumpeter Paolo Fresu will be in Ankara for the first time as part of Ankara Piano Festival on January 14, 2015.
Organised by Altus Arts & Culture, APF is welcoming one of the most fascinating duos of international jazz scene at METU CCC.
As a composer and pianist, Omar Sosa is in the elite league of multi-talented jazz musicians. Staying true to his African-Cuban roots, Sosa is a pioneering talent who never compromises his artistic vision. Nominated for five Grammys, the famous pianist incorporates elements from different musical cultures into his music. He plays cleverly constructed, creative and modern jazz stylings in an enjoyable and open hearted fashion. For his Ankara performance he will be joined by Italian trumpet player and composer Paolo Fresu.
Omar Sosa: Piano, Fender Rhodes
Paolo Fresu: Trumpet
Young pianist Evgeny Grinko will be performing in Ankara for the first time as part of Ankara Piano Festival on Dec 8th, 2014.
Organised by Altus Arts & Culture, APF is welcoming one of the most talented Russian pianist, drummer and giutarist Grinko at METU CCC.
Evgeny Grinko is a talented musician from the small town Zhukovsky located not far from Moscow. He creates music that touches feelings without the need for words and rids indifference. His compositions prove that modern music is not just a shallow show of highly marketed production but has real substance and depth.
One of the most creative and innovative flamenco piano virtuosos of our time Dorantes wilal play in Ankara for the first time as part of Ankara Piano Festival on November 27, 2014.
Organised by Altus Arts & Culture, Ankara Piano Festival is welcoming Dorantes with Joaquin Grilo and Javi Ruibal.
Dorantes / Piano
Joaquin Grilo / Flamenco Dancer
Javi Ruibal / Percussion
Dorantes was born into a family of flamenco royalty in Lebrija, a suburb of Sevilla, Spain. With such a family background, Dorantes’ childhood aspiration was to be a flamenco guitarist, but he soon became fascinated with the piano and studied at the Real Conservatorio de Musíca in Sevilla. Today he is highly regarded as one of the most creative and innovative flamenco piano virtuosos of our time. The music of David Peña Dorantes cannot be easily classified. It is said that he is a virtuoso instrumentalist, a modern genius of the flamenco. He gracefully combines classical, jazz, Celtic, Cuban and Brazilian rhythms into his compositions—a rare avant-garde style that has earned him many international awards and accolades. Flamenco belongs to the world by birth and experiences, but the process of creation is quite personal. His music has nothing to do with the most common fusion experiments - he has discovered a new dimension to the piano. The first album he recorded, Orobroy (1998), was a refreshing surprise, a proof of his talent and versatility with many leading figures of flamenco, like his uncle, “El Lebrijano”. His follow up album Sur (2001) was also highly acclaimed.
The first “YouTube star” of classical music Valentina Lisitsa will play in Ankara for the first time as part of Ankara Piano Festival on October 28, 2014.
Reowned Azerbaijani pianist, composer and singer Aziza Mustafa Zadeh will be at MEB Şura Hall as part of the opening concert of Ankara Piano Festival on September 30, 2014.