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The 45th Istanbul Music Festival kicked off with an opening ceremony and concert

The 45th Istanbul Music Festival kicked off on Monday, 29 May with the opening ceremony and concert at the Lütfi Kırdar Convention and Exhibition Centre.

Having presented the best and most recent outputs of classical music to 3,5 million music lovers in Istanbul with 3.000 events in the past 45 years, Istanbul Music Festival will be held under the theme of “Unusual”, from 29 May to 21 June 2017 with 29 concerts in 15 different venues.

Presented by Ceylan Saner, the 45th Istanbul Music Festival’s Opening Ceremony took off with the opening speech of İKSV Chairman Bülent Eczacıbaşı. In his speech, Bülent Eczacıbaşı said: “We are delighted and gratified by the contributions we have been able to make to our city’s cultural life since 1973, when we embarked on our quest to make Istanbul a capital of world-class festivals… For 45 years, our music festival has raised awareness and appreciation of classical music in Turkey, made room in its program for new talent as well as international stars, and continually sought to renew itself on the belief that change is as important as tradition. While transforming our city with culture and art, enriching our heritage of contemporary culture with commissioned works, offering musicians opportunities for achieving international acclaim, creating spaces for celebrating the universality of music, we also want to establish our festival as the musical event for discovering the best and most unusual… The opening of the Istanbul Music Festival is always an exciting occasion for our audiences. It is also a moment for recognizing the vital contribution our supporters make to each festival. Today, I would like to convey our deepest appreciation to Turkey’s Ministry of Culture and Tourism and E.C.A. Presdöküm Sanayi, the sponsor of the Istanbul Music Festival, as well as to the many other sponsors that have made this festival possible. On behalf of İKSV and the festival public, we thank you wholeheartedly for your support.”

Chairwoman of the Elginkan Community and ECA Presdöküm Sanayii A.Ş. Gaye Akçen received a gratitude plaque on behalf of the festival sponsor, E.C.A Presdöküm Sanayii A.Ş. In her speech, Akçen said, “I salute you with respect on behalf of the Elginkan Community at the 45th year of this special art event. First and foremost, I would like to commemorate the founder of Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts, our deceased elder, Nejat Eczacıbaşı, and would like to express my gratitude for the precious heritage he left to our country. As E.C.A., the distinguished brand of the Elginkan Community, we are proud and honoured to be the sponsor, for the second time, of the Istanbul Music Festival that we have been supporting wholeheartedly since 1988. World is changing, technology is advancing and expectations are growing. The changing technology naturally reflects on our designs. Our must-have home products are now designed with “unusual” technologies and contribute to the beauty and practicality of life. I wish all the participants pleasurable days with music and an “unusual” festival!”

The festival’s Honorary Award and Lifetime Achievement Award

The 45th Istanbul Music Festival’s Honorary Award was presented to music critic and lecturer Evin İlyasoğlu. İlyasoğlu started taking piano lessons when she was seven and studied piano at Istanbul Municipal Conservatory. She graduated from Arnavutköy American College for Girls (Robert College) in 1966 and joined the Music Criticism and Comparative Music History seminars at USA Michigan State University. İlyasoğlu, who has prepared and hosted Classic Western Music programmes for the Istanbul Radio and a series of music talks on TRT television for many years, has also got her critics, reviews and interviews published on numerous magazines, newspapers and encyclopaedias. She has given lectures in subjects as broad as Music History, Aesthetic, Music Programming in Radio, and Television and Music through Time at Marmara University. She is also a lecturer at Boğaziçi University since 1987 and has been managing the Classical Music Concerts since 1997. İlyasoğlu is writing regularly for Cumhuriyet newspaper since 1991. Evin Ilyasoğlu’s award was presented by Bülent Eczacıbaşı.

The festival’s Lifetime Achievement Award was presented to Philip Glass, one of the legendary composers of our time. Glass is considered as one of the most prominent musicians of modern times with numerous operas, symphonies and chamber music he has composed. His musical and intellectual influences and collaborations include many artists, writers, musicians and composers such as Allen Ginsberg, Paul Simon, Brian Eno, Patti Smith, Ravi Shankar, David Bryrne and Doris Lessing. The American composer was nominated for the Academy, Golden Globe, BAFTA and Emmy Awards for the film scores he wrote for films such as Truman Show, The Hours, Notes on a Scandal and Kundun. Among the artists he recently collaborated are Woody Allen, Stephen Colbert and Leonard Cohen. Philip Glass’ award was presented on 19 May in London. Unable to attend the ceremony on 29 May, Glass delivered his prize speech with a special video, expressing his feelings by saying that what he received was “A beautiful award from a beautiful country.”

Festival’s Opening Concert: BIPO and Andrei Ioniță

The 45th Istanbul Music Festival opened with the Borusan Istanbul Philharmonic Orchestra’s concert, featuring the winner of the 2015 Tchaikovsky Competition in Cello, Andrei Ioniță, hailed by The Times as “one of the most exciting cellists to have emerged for a decade”. Ioniţă played Saint-Saëns Cello Concerto No. 1, and BIFO performed Islamey and Rosenkavalier Suite under the conductorship of Sascha Goetzel.