Istanbul University State Conservatory Symphony Orchestra
The guest orchestra 2013 at the Orchestra Campus organized by Deutsche Welle and Beethovenfest Bonn was the Istanbul University State Conservatory Symphony Orchestra conducted by Ramiz Malik Aslanov. This represented a continuation of the three-year spotlight on Turkey as the Campus partner country.
The Istanbul University State Conservatory Symphony Orchestra was, like the Conservatory itself, founded in 1917. With some 780 students, the state conservatory, part of the University of Istanbul, is today one of the largest and most important music academies in south-eastern Europe. The aim of the conservatory’s artistic work is to bring the variety of classical music to a broader public inside and outside Turkey.
The Istanbul University State Conservatory Symphony Orchestra has been under the direction of Professor Ramiz Malik Aslanov since 1996. The orchestra, with him as conductor, were already guests of the Orchestra Campus in Bonn in 2002. Since then, the ensemble has prospered, and undergone constant development. The 70 musicians, aged between 18 and 25, stayed in Bonn from 27 September to 5 October. The “Campus Concert” programme on 3 October comprised Beethoven’s Symphony no.3, the Violin Concerto by Ulvi Cemal Erkin, and the first performance of a work commissioned by Deutsche Welle from the young Turkish composer Zeynep Gedizlioglu.
In addition to the concert on 3 October, the orchestra’s stay at the Orchestra Campus also included visits to various sights and the opportunity to attend rehearsals and concerts by other musicians. In addition, they were involved in education projects, such as an event in which Turkish and German musicians performed together in public places or at the “get to know you” party, when the orchestra musicians appeared in Bonn’s city centre.
Furthermore the Orchestra Campus organized by Deutsche Welle and the Beethovenfest Bonn included a symposium, whose theme is the change taking place in Turkish and German cultural institutions.
The patron of the Campus Project was the German Foreign Minister, Dr Guido Westerwelle.
It is sponsored by RWE, the German Foreign Office and the North Rhine Westphalia State Ministry for the Family, Children, Young People, Culture and Sport.