considered one of the most outstanding pianists of the 21st
century, will perform in the capital city Ankara on Saturday.
'I feel at home in Turkey. I have always had good relations
and friendships here,' says the musician
Turkish Daily News
World-renowned Greek pianist Dimitris
will be the guest soloist at a concert Saturday accompanied by
Symphony Orchestra (BSO) as part of the 25th International
Ankara Music Festival.
A press conference was held yesterday
at the Greek Embassy with the participation of
and Işın Metin of
University as well as several embassy officials.
“I feel at home in Turkey. I have always had
good relations and friendships here. It is the country I
always wanted to come to, and I return to my country with
dubbed a child prodigy when he was young, is considered one of
the most outstanding pianists of the 21st century and widely
acclaimed for his superlative artistry and virtuosity. Since
the tender age of 7 he has performed in major cities across
five continents as well as in several Olympics including
Seoul, Athens, Atlanta and Sydney. He will likewise be a guest
at the upcoming Beijing Summer Olympics and is now firmly
established as one of the leading pianists of the younger
He visited Turkey for the first time in 1989
for a concert, which was followed by several more concerts
accompanied by the Borusan Philharmonic Orchestra as well as
the BSO in Turkey.
In Saturday's concert, he will perform “Piano
Concerto No. 3 in C major, Op. 26” by the 20th-century Russian
as well as Swiss composer Arthur Honegger's “Second Symphony”
accompanied by the BSO under the baton of maestro Emil
a risk for artist
It is taking a risk to perform Prokofiev's
pieces, which are technically difficult to perform, according
“I am aware of the fact that I am taking a risk
[by performing Prokofiev's pieces.] I am generally considered
to be a representative of the classic and romantic movements.
Yet I have always wanted to perform 20th-century pieces,” he
“This piece requires a great deal of
concentration, preparation and strong coordination among the
orchestra, artist and the conductor. His pieces, which always
have a separate place in the hearts of artists, are a kind of
sweet impulse for the artists.”
In response to a question from a member of the
press regarding his thoughts as an artist on the relations
between the two countries,
said there were no political problems between the people of
the two countries.
Referring to the friendships he developed in
Turkey, he said, “music is a universal language. You develop
such sincere friendships and relations that you can't even
find something similar in your native country.”
He then concluded his words in Turkish, saying
“Sizi çok seviyorum” (I love you very much).
The concert will be held at the
Concert Hall at 8:00 p.m. Festival tickets are available from
Biletix, at box offices and the Web site (www.biletix.com),
the Diapason Music Store on Tunalı Hilmi Street, Dost
Çayyolu, Kızılay and Tunalı Hilmi, and at the Sanatolia box
office at the Migros shopping center.
Shuttle buses will 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