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Turkey´s youth orchestra bridges cultures

Beethovenfest in Bonn

Share on Facebook September 24, 2012, Reporter : Deutsche Welle, Reader : 588

Cem Mansur founded the Turkish National Youth Orchestra news


They are the best young musicians in Turkey. The Turkish National Youth Orchestra is a springboard for emerging talent. Now the young performers are stepping into the spotlight at the Beethovenfest in Bonn.

Relieved, Baris Korkmaz lays down his horn and smiles to a neighboring musician. For days they've been perfecting a difficult passage out of Bela Bartok's "Dance Suite."

At last, after long nights spent rehearsing, the orchestra is in harmony, the rhythm flows. The 18-year-old with a shaved head leans back and enjoys the music for a moment.

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The Turkish National Youth Orchestra is deeply engaged in rehearsals ahead of their performance at the Beethovenfest in Bonn, the city of Beethoven's birth. Around 100 musicians between the ages of 16 and 23 have traveled from Istanbul for the festival.


They are taking part in the orchestra campus program and presenting a sophisticated repertoire. "I'm already quite excited," Korkmaz says. He's been a horn player in the Turkish Youth Orchestra for three years. more...

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