“Forte 24 Young Talent” Project which is also known as “Young Talents” that started in 2009 led by CEV (Contemporary Education Foundation) is continuing with great enthusiasm.
The project which is implemented by the support of many distinguished names in the culture and art worlds, aims to carry the highly talented students in different art segments to the World stage. Within the scope of the Project, highly talented students continue with success to represent us proudly as ambassadors of art and culture.
“Forte24 Young Talent” Project took place on the evening of Monday, February 13 at Zorlu PSM, under the main sponsorship of QNB Finansbank, organized by Ms. Berrin Yoleri, CEV Member of the Board of Directors, where Ms Selma Ergeç voluntarily undertook to be the hostess. The Concert took place under the art directorship of world famous violonist Cihat Aşkın and the famous conductor Ibrahim Yazıcı.
The Young talents shared the stage on this special evening with Halit Ergenç and Zuhal Olcay.
Haldun Dormen was the host guest of honor on behalf of the Pole Stars and aside from the short film Show prepared by Nebil Özgenturk, the “Pole Star” photographs from the objective of photograph artist Ebru Ceylan were exhibited.
The concert was held in honor of the esteemed “Pole Stars” Yasar Kemal, Prof. Halil Inalcık, Prof. Oktay Sinanoğlu, Şakir Eczacıbaşı, Burhan Doğançay, Müşfik Kenter, Behruz Çinici, Aleaddin Asna, and Tarık Akan, who have passed away and are no longer with us.
Forte24 Young Talents Project 2017 Gala Concert
Prof. Cihat Askın , Art Director
Ibrahim Yazıcı, Conductor
Berfin Aksu (violin), Emre Engin(violin)Sesim Bezdüz(violin), Elvin Hoca Ganiyev(violin), Elfida Su Turan(violin), Salihcan Gevrek(piano), Iraz Yıldız(piano), Bulut Gülen(thrombin), Merve Kocabeyler(harp), Utar Dündar Artun(piano-percussion)-composition)Onur Abacı(countertenor), Graduates and current students whose education continues under Forte24 project.
Guildhall School of Music
-Born in 1998 in Ankara
-Completed her education with 90% scholarship in Yehudi Menuhin School which is one of the leading specialist music schools in the world.
-won the first place in 14th International Enescu Competition in Romania in 2010, won the best Enescu performer and Constantin Dragoi Special prize.
-According to Fazıl Say, Berfin Aksu can become a very important musician if she can overcome the obstacles she faces.
-she will study violin and music with Kryzstof Smietana for four years at the Guild School of Music and Drama.
Manhattan School of Music- Zukerman Performance Programmed
-Born in Sakarya in 1991
-completed undergraduate studies in 2014 at the Royal College of Music in London.
–won scholarship from Manhattan School of Music for the academic year of 2014-2015.
-was named as the “Young Musician of the Year” at the IKSV Foundation annual music festival in 2012.
-Graduated with Master’s degree from Pinchas Zukerman Performance class in Manhattan School of Music in 2016.
-continued special classes and for doctoral studies with Zukerman during 2016-2017 academic year.
Brussels Royal Conservatory, Masters 1
-Born in 1997
-won the first prize in 2009 in Llangollen Music Festival organized by the Welsh Royal Family in the solo instrument performance competition for under 16 years of age.
-performed in many concerts during 2015-2016 in Belgium, France, and Luxembourg.
-won the first prize in Concour Flame in Paris. She qualified to play in Radio Musiq3 upon winning the first prize in Brussels Festival Musiq3 where she performed with her chamber music group.
-she continues her studies towards master’s degree in violin with Prof. Veronique Bogaerts aside from her studies at the Brussels Royal Conservatory.
Elvin Hoca Ganiyev
-Born in Ankara in 1997
-Continues her education at the Kalaidos University in Zurich, and in Escuela Superior Renina, Sofia as a student of Prof. Zakha Bron.
-won the third prize in the 5th Moscow International David Oistrakh Violin Competition in 2012 and first prize in 8th Novosibirsk Russian Young Violinists Competition in 2016.
Elfida Su Turan
Yehudi Menuhin School, U.K.
-Born in Istanbul in 2002
-won the second prize in the first category in Gülden Turalı Violin Competition in 2013.
-won the first prize in the Internet Music Competition by being the best performer of a Turkish musical piece .
-performed at the “Shining Stars” Concert of İş Sanat .
-won the first prize in the Grand Prize Virtuose Competition in Italy in 2015 in the age group of 12-15.
-won the first prize in the 13th Independent Music Competition in Ukraine in 2015 among the “individuals” category.
-was the only musician selected among 106 musicians as the soloist at the qualifying round of Izmir Symphony.
Royal College of Music, Masters 2
-Born in Sivas in 1992
-continues his education as a 2nd year Master’s Degree student with full scholarship at the Royal College of Music.
-won the first prize in the 1st Kamuran Gündemir Piano Competition in 2009.
-won the first prize in International Gümüşlük Classical Music Festival in 2015.
-starts his second year Masters at the Royal College of Music and will continue his education towards Artistic degree in the following (1) year.
Koninklijk (Royal) Conservatorium, Brussels, Undergraduate 2
-Born in Antakya in 1997
-graduated with honors from Bilkent University Musical and Performing Arts Department.
-performed together with Gülsin Onay and Muhiddin Dürrüoğlu in the IKSV Music Festival in 2010 in the “Young Masters and their Heroes” section.
-supported by Fazıl Say, she continues her education with Prof. Boyan Vodenitcharov.
-Rutgers University, USA, Master 1
-released the first and only trombone album “Su” in Turkey.
-graduated from Berklee College of Music, Performance and Composition department where he studied with full scholarship.
-he qualified for 75% scholarship at the New England Conservatory for Masters and was accepted by Conrad Herwing at the Rutgers University who is one of the leading trombonists and holds 3 Grammies.
Universitat Mozarteum Salzburg, Postgraduate 2nd year student
-Born in Istanbul in 1990
-won the prize of “Debuting Young Musician of the Year” at the Donizetti Classical Music Awards organized by Andante periodical.
-graduated from Mozarteum Salzburg Conservatory, Austria in 2014.
-won third prize for three consecutive times in international harp competitions in Italy, Serbia and Hungary in 2015.
-currently continues her graduate studies with full scholarship at the Amsterdam Conservatory.
Utar Dündar Artun
New England Conservatory
-completed his second year towards Master degree.
-took part as a jury member at the 58th Grammy Awards.
-he completed his graduate studies and aims for a Doctorate degree and currently he is a corepetitor and teaches at Berklee.
-holds graduate degree with honors from Mozarteum in Austria, Opera and Singing Department. -was the only soloist invited to the countertenor Festival in Slovenia in 2014-1015. Completed “Postgarduierter Lehrang” program at the Mozarteum University.