Esen Kıvrak, violin I
Olgu Kızılay, violin II
Efdal Altun, viola
Çağ Erçağ, cello
The Borusan Quartet was founded in 2005 under the guidance of Gürer Aykal. They have since participated in the masterclasses of the Alban Berg Quartet, the Juilliard Quartet, Gürer Aykal, Joshua Epstein and Maxim Vengerov. In addition to its regular performances at the Süreyya Opera House in Istanbul, the quartet enjoys a busy schedule with concerts and tours in Turkey and abroad. They have participated in the Schleswig-Holstein, Merano, Mozart, Bodensee, Istanbul and Ankara music festivals and, in addition to many venues in Turkey, have appeared at the Zurich Tonhalle, Carnegie (Weill) Hall, Konzerthaus (Berlin), Le Corum (Montpellier), Schloss Elmau (Germany) and the Giuseppe Verdi Hall (Milan). They received the “Chamber Ensemble of the Year” award at the Turkish Andante magazine’s first Classical Music Awards in May 2010 and, in the same year, won the gold medal at the 2010 International Chamber Music Competition (ICMEC), the finale of which was held at Carnegie Weill Recital Hall, New York.
The Borusan Quartet has given the world premières of works by the contemporary Turkish composers Oğuzhan Balcı, Mahir Çetiz, Turgay Erdener, Özkan Manav, Alper Maral, and Turgut Pöğün ve Hasan Uçarsu. Their first recording, featuring the string quartets of Ulvi Cemal Erkin, Gürer Aykal and Ahmed Adnan Saygun, was released in May 2013. The quartet enjoys chamber music partnerships with distinguished artists such as Idil Biret, Fazıl Say, Itamar Golan, Valentin Erben, Gülsin Onay, Hüseyin Sermet, Ruşen Güneş, Reto Bieri, Toros Can, Ferhan-Ferzan Önder and Muhiddin Dürrüoğlu. Their repertoire encompasses a wide range of works from the classical period to the modern era with particular emphasis on the works of Turkish composers.