ANTALYA STATE SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
The Antalya Chamber Orchestra, founded in 1995, changed its name to the Antalya State Symphony Orchestra (ASSO) upon the decision of the Council of Ministers in 1997. The orchestra has a special place in the cultural life of Antalya, and has played an important role in the promotion of the region.
The orchestra regularly performs in the Aspendos Antique Theatre and various concert halls, as well as appearing at the Antalya Art Festival, the International Antalya Film Festival and the International Antalya Piano Festival. The orchestra has also toured within Turkey as well as South Korea, and plays a big role in the universities and educational life of Antalya.
The ASSO has been led by İnci Özdil, Orhan Şallıel, Ender Sakpınar, Nezih Seçkin, Erol Erdinç, Antonio Pirolli, Marek Pijarowski, Vladimir Altschuler, Howard Griffiths, Leonard Slatkin, Theodore Kuchar and Alexander Rahbari. It has performed with soloists such as İdil Biret, Sun Kan, Verda Erman, Václav Hudeček, Liana Isakadze, Alexander Rudin, Jiří Bárta, Patricia Kopatchinskaja, Massimo Quarta, Michael Martin Kofler, Soyoung Yoon and José Carreras.