Yunus Emre Institute presents the concert Turkish Waltzes with Cihat Aşkın and Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra at Cadogan Hall on Wednesday, 1 April 2020 at 7:30 pm.
The Turkish waltzes are products of a magnificent culture, a marriage between East and West, finding its shape in Istanbul. The very first Turkish waltz was written some 40 years before the famous ‘Die Blaue Donau’ by Strauss. Its composer was Dede Efendi, a great musician, and his waltz gained immediate popularity. In the years to come, the Turkish waltz composers made intense use of the “maqam music”, and their waltzes became wildly popular, soon counting to the most cherished pieces of the Turkish culture.
This single performance of mesmerising Turkish Waltzes brings together the great violin virtuoso Cihat Aşkın, conductor Oğuzhan Balcı and the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra (RPCO) for a unique night of musical enchantment. Aşkın is joined by Çağdaş Özkan on piano, Serkan Halili on qanun, Timuçin Abacı on flugel horn, Ünsal Çeliksu on clarinet.