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45th Istanbul Music Festival's awards

The Istanbul Music Festival has been granting Lifetime Achievement and Honorary Awards to distinguished musicians and music professionals since 2003, in recognition of their great contributions to the world of classical music.



The Honorary Award is presented to Turkey’s pre-eminent music professionals for their contribution in furthering and nourishing the country’s cultural and artistic life. This year’s recipient will be music writer and academic Evin İlyasoğlu, who has been a pioneering figure in developing and popularizing classical music in Turkey through her endeavours as a music writer, radio and TV producer, academician, and the music director of the Boğaziçi University Albert Long Hall that is celebrating its 20th season in 2017. She will receive her award at a ceremony before the Opening Concert of the festival on the night of 29 May 2017 at the Lütfi Kırdar Exhibition and Convention Centre.

About Evin İlyasoğlu

Evin İlyasoğlu was born in Arnavutköy, Istanbul. She started the piano at the age of seven. İlyasoğlu studied at the Istanbul Municipality Conservatoire, Robert College, and then at the Michigan State University in the United States. She produced and presented classical music programmes on TRT Istanbul Radio for 19 years and musical talks series on TRT television. Her music reviews, essays and interviews have been published both in Turkey and abroad and she has 25 books published up to day. She has taught at the Marmara University Faculty of Communication and currently is an academic at the Boğaziçi University. She has been the director of Boğaziçi University Albert Long Hall Classical Music Concerts since 1996. She is the Chairwoman of the Board of Trustees of the Zehra Yıldız Culture and Arts Foundation. She has a column in the national newspaper, Cumhuriyet since 1991.


The 45th festival’s Lifetime Achievement Award will be presented to Philip Glass, who is celebrating his 80th birthday this year. Through his operas, his symphonies, his compositions for his own ensemble, and his wide-ranging collaborations with artists ranging from Twyla Tharp to Allen Ginsberg, Woody Allen to David Bowie, Philip Glass has had an extraordinary and unprecedented impact upon the musical and intellectual life of his times. Indeed, Glass is the first composer to win a wide, multi-generational audience in the opera house, the concert hall, the dance world, in film and in popular music – simultaneously.

About Philip Glass

Philip Glass was born in 1937 and grew up in Baltimore. He studied at the University of Chicago, the Juilliard School and in Aspen with Darius Milhaud. Finding himself dissatisfied with much of what then passed for modern music, he moved to Europe, where he studied with the legendary pedagogue Nadia Boulanger and worked closely with the sitar virtuoso and composer Ravi Shankar. He returned to New York in 1967 and formed the Philip Glass Ensemble. The new musical style that Glass was evolving was eventually dubbed “minimalism.” Glass himself never liked the term and preferred to speak of himself as a composer of “music with repetitive structures.”

Philip Glass has composed 20 operas, 39 orchestral works, 13 concertos, 15 choral and vocal works, over a hundred solo and chamber music, 5 works for dance, and 64 film scores. His soundtracks include those for the Academy Award-winning movies, The Hours and Scorsese’s Kundun. His 11th Symphony, co-commissioned by the Istanbul Music Festival, received its world premiere in January.