Borusan Quartet & Gökhan Aybulus Pianist Gökhan Aybulus and Borusan Quartet consisting of Esen Kıvrak (1st violin), Özgür Baskın (2nd violin), Efdal Altun (viola) ...

Borusan Quartet & Gökhan Aybulus Pianist Gökhan Aybulus and Borusan Quartet consisting of Esen Kıvrak (1st violin), Özgür Baskın (2nd violin), Efdal Altun (viola) and Çağ Erçağ (violoncello) will take the audience on a musical journey from Argentina to Turkey in the opening concert to be given in Phaselis Ancient City on the evening of 9th of September. At the concert, the most popular compositions of famous musician and bandoneon player Astor Piazzolla who is the first person coming to mind when it comes to tango and Ulvi Cemal Erkin's Quintet with Piano will be performed by Borusan Quartet together with pianist Gökhan Aybulus.

Borusan Quartet
1st Violin: Esen Kıvrak
2nd Violin: Özgür Baskın
Viola: Efdal Altun
Violoncello: Çağ Erçağ

The Borusan Quartet was founded in 2005 under the guidance of Maestro GürerAykal. They have since joined master-classes of Alban Berg Quartet, Juilliard Quartet, GürerAykal, Joshua Epstein and Maxim Vengerov. The play on invaluable intruments like a 1776 Lorenzo Storioniviolin, a 1785 FerdinandoGagliano violin, a 2008 Stefano Conia viola anda 1740 Petrus Guarneri violoncello. In addition to their regular performances at the Süreyya Opera House in Kadıköy, Istanbul, the Quartet enjoys a busy schedule with concerts and tours in Turkey and abroad. They have participated in Schleswig-Holstein, Merano, Mozart, Napfilon, Bodensee, West Cork, Europalia, Mersin, Bodrum D-Marin, Istanbul and Ankara music festivals and in addition to many venues in Turkey, appeared at Zurich Tonhalle, Carnegie Hall (New York), Concertgebauw (Amsterdam), Philharmonie de Paris (Paris),Konzerthaus (Berlin), Le Corum (Montpellier), SchlossElmau(Germany), L’arsenal (Metz), G. Verdi Hall (Milan) and Musikverein (Vienne). In addition to their recitals, they also played as soloists with Borusan Istanbul Philharmonic, Bilkent Symphony, Orchestra’Sion, Academic Orchestra of the Capital, and the state symphony orchestras of Samsun, Izmir, Istanbul, Bursa, Eskişehir and Antalya. They received the “Chamber Ensemble of the Year” award at the Turkish Andante magazine’s first Classical Music Awards in May 2010 and the same year, won the gold medal at the 2010 ICMEC International Chamber Music Competition the finale of which was held at the Carnegie Weill Recital Hall, NY. Until now, they have given the world premieres of works by contemporary Turkish composers Oğuzhan Balcı, Mahir Cetiz, Turgay Erdener, Özkan Manav, Alper Maral, Turgut Pöğün, Meliha Doğuduyal and Hasan Uçarsu written for them. They also had the privilege of premiering violinist and composer Alexey Igudesman’s two works, From Edirne to Kars and String Quartet, dedicated to them. Their first CD Erkin, Aykal, Saygun featuring string quartets of the composers in the title was published in May 2013 followed by their CD with İdil Biret of Schumann’s Piano Quintet published by IBA label of Naxos in 2014, Mozart & Verdi published by Lila Music in July 2016, and last CD Company published by Onyx in September 2017.

The Quartet gave concerts in Austria, Germany, France, Ireland, Italy, Algeria, Holland, Serbia, Qatar, Belarus, Portugal, Jordan, Switzerland, Greece, USA, Barbados, Japan, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, England. The Borusan Quartet enjoys chamber music partnerships with distinguished artists such as İdil Biret, Itamar Golan, Fazıl Say, Valentin Erben, Gülsin Onay, Hüseyin Sermet, Ruşen Güneş, Reto Bieri, Toros Can, Ferhan&FerzanÖnder, Igudesman&Joo, Muhiddin Dürrüoğlu, Fora Baltacıgil, Gökhan Aybulus and Lawrence Power. 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.

Gökhan Aybulus
Gökhan Aybulus who was born in Eskişehir, started his musical education in State Conservatory of Anadolu University with Prof. Zöhrab Adıgüzelzade. Being admitted to Prof. Naum Shtarkman’s class at Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory in 2000, he completed his undergraduate and graduate education with N. Shtarkman. He completed his studies at doctoral level with Prof. Sergei Dorensky in 2009. The artist who has been awarded in many national and international competitions, has worked with Mikhail Voskresensky, Ruvim Ostrovsky, Pavel Nersesian, Nikolai Lugansky, Andrey Pisarev and Nina Kogan. He gave concerts in International Carniola Music Festival (Slovenia), Bruckner Music Festival (Austria), Bella Pais (TRNC) festivals and many other festivals in many countries such as Turkey, America, Russia, Ukraine, Slovenia, Austria, Germany, Spain, Italy, Bulgaria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia and Azerbaijan. He appeared in China tour as a soloist with Presidential Symphony Orchestra in Beijing, Xi’an, Guangzhou, Shenzhen cities under the conductorship of Rengim Gökmen in 2012. Aybulus gave concerts in important halls such as Brucknerhaus, Philharmonie Essen, Great Hall of Tchaikovsky Conservatory, Beijing National Centre for the Performing Arts (NCPA), Xinghai Concert Hall, Shenzhen Concert Hall, Maribor Union Hall. He gave concerts with world famous artists such as Naum Shtarkman, Nikolay Logansky, Dora Schwarzberg, Natalia Gutman, Cihat Aşkın, Bülent Evcil, Alexander Buzlov, Roman Simovich and Alexander Kagan. He was granted “Arts Encouragement Award” by Anadolu University in 2013, “Pianist of the Year” award in 7th Donizetti Classical Music Awards in 2017. The artist becoming associate professor in 2012, still works at State Conservatory of Anadolu University.