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ISTANBUL STATE SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA

Istanbul State Symphony Orchestra has its roots in the Muzıka-i Hümayun orchestra founded in 1827 by Giuseppe Donizetti (Donizetti Pasha) and the Istanbul City Orchestra established in 1945 by the distinguished Turkish composer Cemal Reşit Rey; in 1972 it achieved its present status under the name Istanbul State Symphony Orchestra. In addition to Turkish conductors, international conductors such as G.E. Lessing, Anatole Fistoulari, Aaron Copland, Mircea Basarab, Ilarion Ionescu-Galati, Tadeusz Strugala, Alexander Schwinck, Vladimir Fedoseyev, Erich Bergel, Jean Perrisson and Alexander Rahbari have appeared with the orchestra. World-famous soloists who have performed with the orchestra include André Navarra, Leonid Kogan, Heinrich Schiff, Yehudi Menuhin, Luciano Pavarotti, Jean-Pierre Rampal, Sabine Meyer, Gidon Kremer, Lazar Berman, Natalia Gutman, Güher-Süher Pekinel, Fazıl Say, İdil Biret, Suna Kan, Leyla Gencer, José Carreras, Ilya Gringolts, Antonio Meneses and Radu Lupu. As well as its regular weekly concerts in Istanbul, the orchestra has toured in various regions of Turkey; it has performed the premieres of many works by Turkish composers and has taken part in many international events. The most important of its activities outside Turkey have been concerts in Memphis, USA, during the exhibition “Suleyman the Magnificent” in 1992; a concert in Munich as part of the Europa Musicale festival in 1993; a concert at the Athens Festival of 2000; and the opening concert of the Asian Orchestras Week in Tokyo in 2003.

Istanbul State Symphony Orchestra
Photo: Cem Göksoy

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