Greek pianist is widely acclaimed for his artistry and virtuosity and
will be delighting Ankara music lovers tonight with pieces by Beethoven
ANKARA - Turkish Daily News
Greek pianist Dimitris Sgouros will be the guest soloist of tonight's
concert by the Bilkent Symphony Orchestra (BSO).
will perform piano "Concerto No. 5 'Emperor' in E flat major Op. 73" by
Beethoven and "Symphony No. 4 in F minor Op. 36" by Tchaikovsky
accompanied by the BSO under the baton of maestro Emil
Sgouros, considered one of the most
outstanding pianists of the 21st century, is widely acclaimed for his
superlative artistry and virtuosity. Since the tender age of seven he
has performed in major cities and countries across five continents, and
he is now firmly established as one of the leading pianists of the
A press conference was held
yesterday at the Greek Embassy with the participation of Greek
Ambassador George Yennimatas, Sgouros and BSO conductor Işın Metin
as well as some other embassy officials.
at the conference Yennimatas said he was pleased that such
intercultural activities benefited the existing cultural
cooperation between Turkey and Greece and thanked the Greek pianist for
further contributing to the endeavors the embassy has been seeking for
collaboration in this field.
Noting that although
Sgouros was quite young, Yennimatas said: “He serves as an art
ambassador. He represented his country in many countries, including in
the United States, France and England, and now I am quite happy that he
will perform today with the magnificent Bilkent Symphony Orchestra and
“The most amazing thing is that he
performed Rachmaninoff's "Piano concerto No. 3" when he was
only 12 and gained fame at that young age,” he noted.
It is not so easy to perform Beethoven:
said he visited Turkey for the first time in 1989 for a concert and was
well received, adding: “I received several concert proposals after
that, and it was in June 2000 that I came to Turkey for the second time
and, upon the request of İhsan Doğramacı, the founder of Bilkent
University, I performed an opening concert at the Bilkent Odeon with
conductor Gürer Aykal, the then conductor of the Bilkent Symphony
Orchestra, for around 4,000 people, which was a great honor for
He said he also later performed with the
Borusan Philharmonic Orchestra in Turkey, adding, “This time, I'm here
at the invitation of my friend Emil Tabakov”
that performing Beethoven was not easy, he said: “His 'Piano Concerto
No. 5,' which we will perform today, for instance, has specific
characteristics and details. It is even more difficult performing such
a piece in Germany, Beethoven's home country, in which there is a
general impression that artists of other nationalities can't perform
“Yet I have been performing such pieces
in Berlin and Vienna for around 20 years, and I believe performing
the piece well with such an experience,” he said. “It is also a great
honor to present this piece with such a professional orchestra and
In response to a question from a member of
the press regarding his thoughts as an artist on the
relations between the two countries, Sgouros said, “I don't think there
is a situation separating the two nations. I have Turkish friends from
my former visits, and that number only grows when I come here,”
adding that he had played a role in proposing a concert by the Borusan
Philharmonic Orchestra in Athens to Greek officials.
that he liked Rebetika, a popular urban genre that merges Greek and
Turkish elements, he also said he liked Turkish music and that there
were excellent musicians in Turkey.
Leyla Gencer and İdil Biret. Actually, I don't differentiate in music.
I like Turkish and Greece folkloric tunes. But my preference is
classical,” said Sgouros.
The concert will be
held at the Bilkent Concert Hall at 8:00 p.m. Tickets for tonight's
concert are available at Dost bookstores (Kızılay, Kavaklıdere,
Ankuva), Beymen (Karum), Diapason music store (Kavaklıdere) and
the Sanat Akademi (Art Academy) in Kavaklıdere.
buses will also be provided free of charge from Tunus Caddesi
and Sıhhiye Köprüsü and from the bus stop in front of the National
Library one hour before the concert's start time.
About Dimitris Sgouros:
in Athens in 1969, Dimitris Sgouros began his career as an
eight-year-old prodigy at the Athens Conservatory. At the age of 12,
he made his Carnegie Hall debut with the National Symphony
Orchestra of Washington, D.C., under the direction of Mstislav
Rostropovich, performing Rachmaninoff's "Piano Concerto No. 3."
has recorded 10 albums, with compositions for solo piano by Schumann,
Brahms, Beethoven, Chopin, Liszt and Mozart.
addition to being a world-renowned pianist, Sgouros is adept at
combining education and art. He has been invited to give lectures at
the University of Athens, the Toho Gakuen School of Music in Tokyo,
Bilkent University in Ankara, the Southern Methodist University in
Dallas, Texas, and the New Conservatory in Thessaloniki.