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CONCERTS

December 4, 2016
SOLOIST WITH THE CIVIC ORCHESTRA OF TUCSON
“OLD FRIENDS AND NEW”

Tchaikovsky "Nocturne for Cello and Orchestra", Glazunov "Minstrel’s Song for Cello and Orchestra"

Civic Orchestra of Tucson
Conductor: Herschel Kreloff

Vistoso Community Church, Oro Valley, Tucson, Arizona, USA.

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December 3, 2016
SOLOIST WITH THE CIVIC ORCHESTRA OF TUCSON
“OLD FRIENDS AND NEW”

Tchaikovsky "Nocturne for Cello and Orchestra", Glazunov "Minstrel’s Song for Cello and Orchestra"

Civic Orchestra of Tucson
Conductor: Herschel Kreloff

Jewish Community Center, Tucson, Arizona, USA.

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November 1, 2016
“VAN HULSE QUARTET”

Schumann “Piano Quartet in E flat major op. 47”, Ernest Bloch “From Jewish Life -No.1: Prayer for cello and piano”

Violin: Evgeniya Belinskaya
Viola: Raphael David Lizama
Cello: Rahşan Apay
Piano: Woan Ching Lim

Arizona Senior Academy, Tucson, Arizona, USA.

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May 3, 2016
"KAMRAN İNCE AND FRIENDS"

Kamran İnce "Abandoned", "The Crying Wall Cello Concerto", "Far Variations", "Songs With Other Words", "Two Step Passion"

Conductor: Kamran İnce
Piano: Kamran İnce, Jerfi Aji
Violin: Ellen Jewett, Rüstem Mustafa
Viola: Evrim Baştaş
Cello: Rahşan Apay (The Crying Wall Cello Concerto), Yelda Özgen Özgentürk
Double Bass: Mehmet Sönmez
Mezzo-Soprano: Berna Anıl Özkurt
Clarinet: Evrim Güvemli
Flute: Başak Ersöz

Cemal Reşit Rey Concert Hall, Istanbul, Turkey

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April 28, 2016
"PİYANO TRİO FORTE"

Mendelssohn "Op.49", Mozart "Piano Quintet KV.478"

Violin: Sevil Ulucan
Cello: Rahşan Apay
Piano: Ece Demirci

Hatay Cultural Center, Hatay, Turkey

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April 13, 2016
33rd INTERNATIONAL ANKARA MUSIC FESTIVAL
"KAMRAN İNCE: THE CRYING WALL CELLO CONCERTO (WORLD PREMIERE) & PETERIS VASKS: PRESENCE CELLO CONCERTO NO.2"

Hacettepe Symphony Orchestra
Conductor: Burak Tüzün

Meb Şura Concert Hall, Ankara, Turkey

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January 20, 2016
MARTI CLASSICS
"PİYANO TRİO FORTE"

Ernest Bloch "3 Nocturnes", Debussy "Trio, Op.3"

Violin: Sevil Ulucan
Cello: Rahşan Apay
Piano: Ece Demirci

Martı İstanbul Hotel, İstanbul, Turkey

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January 12, 2016
RECITAL

Bach "Air", Saint Saens "The Swan", Rachmaninov "Vocalise", Astor Piazzolla "Le Grand Tango"

Cello: Rahşan Apay
Piano: Jerfi Aji

Pera Museum, Ankara, Turkey

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January 7, 2016
"TRİO KUVARS VİYOLET"

Mozart "Piano Concerto No.23, Adagio" (Adaptation:A.Durdağ), Carl Frühling "Op.40", Armağan Durdağ "Taylan", Beethoven "Op.11", Nino Rota "Trio For Clarinet, Cello and Piano"

Clarinet: Evrim Güvemli
Cello: Rahşan Apay
Piano: Jerfi Aji

Lycee Notre Dame De Sion, İstanbul, Turkey

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January 5, 2016
RECITAL

Bach "Air", Saint Saens "The Swan", Faure "After A Dream", Granados "Orientale", Rachmaninov "Vocalise", Popper "Hungarian Rhapsody, Op.68", Arvo Part "Fratres", Armağan Durdağ "Katibim Variations", Astor Piazzolla "Le Grand Tango"

Cello: Rahşan Apay
Piano: Jerfi Aji

Erimtan Museum, Ankara, Turkey

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December 28, 2015
NEW MUSIC FOR A NEW WORLD - II

"ARMAĞAN DURDAĞ ENSEMBLE"

Piano: Armağan Durdağ
Mezzo-Soprano: Berna Anıl Özkurt
I.Violin: Bahar Büyükgönenç
II.Violin: Nurbanu Aytekin Zeytinci
Viola: Elif Kantarcı Güdücü
Cello: Rahşan Apay
Double Bass: Aycan Bilginer Beşikçi
Percussion: Yinon Muallem
Clarinet: Evrim Güvemli
Ud: Tolga Karaslan
Ney: Hüseyin Avni Özaydın
Balaban/Duduk: Alp Akmaz
Baritone: Can Dörter

Cemal Reşit Rey Concert Hall, İstanbul, Turkey

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May 21, 2015
"SHORT PIECES FOR NIGHT MUSIC"

K.P.Stamitz "Quartet for Oboe, Violin, Viola ve Cello", Britten "Phantasy Quartet"

Oboe: Damla Sönmez
Violin: Ellen Jewett
Viola: Öykü Koçoğlu
Cello: Rahşan Apay
Double Bass: Mehmet Sönmez
Clarinet: Evrim Güvemli

Pera Museum, İstanbul, Turkey

***

April 30, 2015
"PİYANO TRİO FORTE"

Özkan Manav "Laçin", Rachmaninov "Elègie", Dvorak "Dumky, Op.90"

Violin: Sevil Ulucan
Cello: Rahşan Apay
Piano: Ece Demirci

Hatay Cultural Center, Hatay, Turkey

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March 15, 2015
"TRİO KUVARS VİYOLET"

Max Bruch "Eight Pieces for Clarinet, Celo and Piano, Op.83", Armağan Durdağ "Taylan", Mozart "Piano Concerto No.23, Adagio" (Adaptation:A.Durdağ), Nino Rota "Trio for Clarinet, Cello and Piano"

Clarinet: Evrim Güvemli
Cello: Rahşan Apay
Piano: Jerfi Aji

Hekimbaşı Salih Efendi Yalısı, İstanbul, Turkey

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March 1, 2015
"AYLA ERDURAN TRIBUTE NIGHT"

Brahms "Op.26", "Op.18"

I.Violin: Ayla Erduran
II.Violin: Cihat Aşkın
I.Viola: Tatjana Masurenko
II.Viola: Ali Başeğmezler
I.Cello: Rahşan Apay
II.Cello: Yelda Özgen Özgentürk
Piano: Can Okan

Cemal Reşit Rey Concert Hall, İstanbul, Turkey

***

February 27, 2015
"RAIN SULTANOV JAZZ CONCERT - VOICE OF KARABAKH"

Tenor & Soprano Saxophone: Rain Sultanov
Vocal: Alim Gasimov
Piano: Shahin Novraslı
Cello: Rahşan Apay
Ud: Yasef Eyvazov
Double Bass: Yasuhito Mori
Drums: Peter Nilsson
Percussion: Iraklı Koiava

Moscow, Russia

***

February 9, 2015
"AMİTİÈ ENSEMBLE"

Respighi, Reger, Bruch, Hacaturyan, Rota, Elgar

Violin: Özgecan Günöz Kızılay
Viola: Beste Tıknaz Modiri
Cello: Rahşan Apay
Clarinet: Evrim Güvemli
Piano: Gülnare Şekinskaya

Ahmet Adnan Saygun Art Center, İzmir, Turkey

***

January 26, 2015
"TRİO KUVARS VİYOLET"

Max Bruch "Eight Pieces for Clarinet, Cello and Piano, Op.83", Nino Rota "Trio for Clarinet, Cello and Piano", Mozart "Piano Concerto No.23, Adagio" (Adaptation:A.Durdağ), Brahms " Trio for Clarinet, Cello and Piano, Op.114"

Clarinet: Evrim Güvemli
Cello: Rahşan Apay
Piano: Jerfi Aji

Süreyya Opera House, İstanbul, Turkey

***

December 25, 2014
"CRR SOLOISTS & CANA GÜRMEN"

Dvorak "Piano Quintet No.2, Op.81"

Piano: Cana Gürmen
I.Violin: Elif Tarakçı Akyar
II.Violin: Mehmet Yasemin
Viola: Evrim Baştaş
Cello: Rahşan Apay

Cemal Reşit Rey Concert Hall, İstanbul, Turkey

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December 23, 2014
"TRİO KUVARS VİYOLET"

Max Bruch "Eight Pieces for Clarinet, Cello and Piano, Op.83", Armağan Durdağ "Taylan", Mozart "Piano Concerto No.23, Adagio" (Adaptation:A.Durdağ), Brahms "Trio for Clarinet, Cello and Piano, Op.114"

Clarinet: Evrim Güvemli
Cello: Rahşan Apay
Piano: Jerfi Aji

"Armağan Durdağ: Taylan (World Premiere)"

Ahmet Adnan Saygun Art Center, İzmir, Turkey

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December 16, 2014
HÜSEYİN SERMET MASTERCLASS
"TRİO KUVARS VİYOLET"

Brahms "Trio for Clarinet, Cello and Piano, Op.114"

Clarinet: Evrim Güvemli
Cello: Rahşan Apay
Piano: Jerfi Aji

Center For Advanced Studıes In Music (MIAM), İstanbul, Turkey

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December 2, 2014
"RAIN SULTANOV JAZZ CONCERT - VOICE OF KARABAKH"

Tenor & Soprano Saxophone: Rain Sultanov
Vocal: Alim Gasimov
Piano: Shahin Novraslı
Cello: Rahşan Apay
Ud: Yasef Eyvazov
Double Bass: Yasuhito Mori
Davul: Peter Nilsson
Percussion: Iraklı Koiava

Haydar Aliyev Concert Hall, Baku, Azerbaıjan

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May 7, 2014
"MODİRİ ENSEMBLE FOR VOICE AND STRING SEXTET"
Foyer Concert

Strauss, Rota, Boccherini, Respighi, Mozart, Massanet, Schubert

Tenor: Laçin Modiri
I.Violin: Nilgün Yüksel
II.Violin: Özgecan Günöz Kızılay
Viola: Beste Tıknaz Modiri
Cello: Rahşan Apay
Double Bass: Onur Özkaya

Cemal Reşit Rey Concert Hall, İstanbul, Turkey

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April 29, 2013
"ARMAĞAN DURDAĞ: "ROXANA" CELLO CONCERTO"

Cemal Reşit Rey Symphony Orchestra
Conductor: Rengim Gökmen

Cemal Reşit Rey Concert Hall, İstanbul, Turkey

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April 16, 2014
"BURSA BRAHMS PROJECT - IV"

Brahms "String Quartet No.1"

I.Violin: Cihat Aşkın
II.Violin: Ozan Sarı
Viola: Görkem Çalgan
Cello: Rahşan Apay

State Conservatory Of Uludağ University Concert Hall, Bursa, Turkey

***

April 14, 2014
"CRR SOLOISTS"

Dvorak "American Quartet, Op.96, No.12"

I.Violin: Elif Tarakçı Akyar
II.Violin: Mehmet Yasemin
Viola: Evrim Baştaş
Cello: Rahşan Apay

Cemal Reşit Rey Concert Hall, İstanbul, Turkey

***

March 13, 2014
PİYANO TRİO FORTE

Haydn "Gypsy", Rachmaninov "Elègie", Shostakovich "Op.67 No.2"

Violin: Sevil Ulucan
Cello: Rahşan Apay
Piano: Ece Demirci

Sabancı University Performing Center, İstanbul, Turkey

***

March 10, 2014
PİYANO TRİO FORTE

"SHOSTAKOVICH NIGHT"

Shostakovich "Op.8", "Op.67", "Op.57"

Violin: Sevil Ulucan
Cello: Rahşan Apay
Piano: Ece Demirci

Süreyya Opera House, İstanbul, Turkey

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February 24, 2014
"CRR SOLOISTS"

İlke Karcılıoğlu "Yitirilen Zamanın Aranışı", Kamran İnce "Curve", Mesruh Savaş "Nocturne & Toccata"

I.Violin: Elif Tarakçı Akyar
II.Violin: Mehmet Yasemin
Viola: Evrim Baştaş
Cello: Rahşan Apay

Cemal Reşit Rey Concert Hall, İstanbul, Turkey

***

February 13, 2014
RECITAL

Cesar Franck "Sonata for Cello and Piano", Armağan Durdağ "Katibim Variations", Stèphane Blet "Ottoman Fantasy"

Cello: Rahşan Apay
Piano. Stèphane Blet

Lycee Notre Dame De Sion, İstanbul, Turkey

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February 12, 2014
"BURSA BRAHMS PROJECT - II"

Brahms "Piano Quartets No.1 & 2"

Violin: Cihat Aşkın
Viola: Elena Ünaldı, Görkem Çalgan
Cello: Rahşan Apay
Piano: Can Okan, Özgür Ünaldı

State Conservatory Of Uludağ University Concert Hall, Bursa, Turkey

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January 15, 2014
"BURSA BRAHMS PROJECT - I"

Brahms "Trio for Violin, Viola and Cello", "String Sextet"

Violin: Cihat Aşkın
Cello: Rahşan Apay
Piano: Can Okan

State Conservatory Of Uludağ University Concert Hall, Bursa, Turkey

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December 18, 2013
"CRR SOLOISTS"

Borodin "String Quartet No.2"

I.Violin: Elif Tarakçı Akyar
II.Violin: Mehmet Yasemin
Viola: Evrim Baştaş
Cello: Rahşan Apay

Cemal Reşit Rey Concert Hall, İstanbul, Turkey

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December 12, 2013
"AMİTİÈ ENSEMBLE"

Mozart, Rota, Bridge, Stravinsky, Prokofiev

I.Violin: Özgecan Günöz Kızılay
II.Violin: Özgür Baskın
Viola: Beste Tıknaz Modiri
Cello: Rahşan Apay
Clarinet: Evrim Güvemli
Piano: Can Okan
Tenor: Laçin Modiri

Lycee Notre Dame De Sion, İstanbul, Turkey

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November 4, 2013
"TRİO ORFE & POET ADNAN YİĞİT"

Kamran İnce "Music For A Lost Earth"

Violin: Rüstem Mustafa
Cello: Rahşan Apay
Piano: Eser Bilgeman Şakir

Galatasaray University, İstanbul, Turkey

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October 28, 2013
"RECEPTION FOR THE CELEBRATION OF TURKISH REPUBLIC"

Manuel de Falla "Popular Spanish Suite", Anonym "Çökertme & Çanakkale Türküleri" (Adp:A.Durdağ)

Flute: Bülent Evcil
Cello: Rahşan Apay
Piano: Cana Gürmen

Bülent Ecevit Cultural Center, İstanbul, Turkey

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October 26, 2013
"CRR SOLOISTS & GÜLSİN ONAY"

Schumann "Piano Quintet in Eb Major"

Piano: Gülsin Onay
I.Violin: Elif Tarakçı Akyar
II.Violin: Mehmet Yasemin
Viola: Evrim Baştaş
Cello: Rahşan Apay

Cemal Reşit Rey Concert Hall, İstanbul, Turkey

***

October 24, 2013
"SHORT PIECES FOR NIGHT MUSIC - SEXTET CONCERT"

Respighi, Boccherini, Handel, Verdi, Massanet, Lehar

Tenor: Laçin Modiri
I.Violin: Nilgün Yüksel
II.Violin: Özgecan Günöz Kızılay
Viola: Beste Tıknaz Modiri
Cello: Rahşan Apay
Double Bass: Onur Özkaya

Pera Museum, İstanbul, Turkey

***

June 22, 2013
INTERNATIONAL ISTANBUL MUSIC FESTIVAL,
"PİYANO TRİO FORTE"

Violin: Sevil Ulucan
Cello: Rahşan Apay
Piano: Ece Demirci

Süreyya Opera House, İstanbul, Turkey

***

May 13, 2013
"VIRTUOSOS & METROPOLITANS"

Flute: Bülent Evcil
Cello: Rahşan Apay
Piano: Cana Gürmen

"Armağan Durdağ: The Land of the Ignorant (World Premiere)"

Süreyya Opera House, İstanbul, Turkey

***

April 12, 2013
"ARMAĞAN DURDAĞ: "ROXANA" CELLO CONCERTO"

Antalya State Symphony Orchestra
Conductor: Vladimir Altschuler

Atatürk Cultural Center, Antalya, Turkey

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March 22, 2013
"ARMAĞAN DURDAĞ: "ROXANA" CELLO CONCERTO"

Bursa Regional State Symphony Orchestra
Conductor: İbrahim Yazıcı

Prof. Dr. Mete Cengiz Cultural Center, Uludağ University, Bursa, Turkey

***

March 21, 2013
"ARMAĞAN DURDAĞ: "ROXANA" CELLO CONCERTO"
(WORLD PREMIERE)

Bursa Regional State Symphony Orchestra
Conductor: İbrahim Yazıcı

Atatürk Congress And Cultural Center, Bursa, Turkey

***

March 15, 2013
"KAMRAN INCE and FRIENDS"

Piano: Kamran İnce
Violin: Ellen Jewett
Viola: Özcan Ulucan
Cello: Rahşan Apay

Cemal Reşit Rey Concert Hall, İstanbul, Turkey

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March 7, 2013
"WORLD WOMEN'S DAY - WOMEN COMPOSERS"
Violin: Cihat Aşkın

Cello: Rahşan Apay
Soprano: Ece İdil
Piano: Cana Gürmen

İstanbul Kültür University, İstanbul, Turkey

***

February 23, 2013
RECITAL

Cello: Rahşan Apay
Piano: Eser Bilgeman Şakir

Mersin University, Mersin, Turkey

***

January 24, 2013
RECITAL
"DANCE OF BATON AND BOW"

Cello: Rahşan Apay
Piano: İbrahim Yazıcı

Fulya Sanat, İstanbul, Turkey

***

December 27, 2012
"PİYANO TRİO FORTE"

Violin: Sevil Ulucan
Cello: Rahşan Apay
Piano: Ece Demirci

İzmir Sanat, İzmir, Turkey

***

December 20, 2012
"PİYANO TRİO FORTE"

Violin: Sevil Ulucan
Cello: Rahşan Apay
Piano: Ece Demirci

Fulya Sanat, İstanbul, Turkey

***

December 19, 2012
"TRİO ORFE"

Violin: Rüstem Mustafa
Cello: Rahşan Apay
Piano: Eser Bilgeman Şakir

Akbank Sanat, İstanbul, Turkey

***

November 28, 2012
NEW MUSIC FOR A NEW WORLD - I
"ARMAĞAN DURDAĞ ENSEMBLE"

Conductor: Burak Tüzün

Piano: Armağan Durdağ
Alto: Pınar Yıldırım
I.Violin: Rüstem Mustafa, Mehmet Yasemin, Bahar Büyükgönenç
II.Violin: Özgür Baskın, Kerem Berkalp, Anna Albena
Viola: Deniz Yücel, Beste Tıknaz Modiri
Cello: Rahşan Apay, Burak Ayrancı
Double Bass: Kağan Yıldız
Percussion: Amy Salsgiver, Kerem Öktem
Ney: Ercan Irmak
Ud: Bilen Işıktaş
Kemençe: Neva Özgen
Clarinet: Evrim Güvemli
Keyboards & Computer: Sinan Ceceli
Balaban/Duduk: Alp Akmaz

Cemal Reşit Rey Concert Hall, İstanbul, Turkey

***

November 5, 2012
"TRİO ORFE"

Violin: Rüstem Mustafa
Cello: Rahşan Apay
Piano: Eser Bilgeman Şakir

Galatasaray University, İstanbul, Turkey

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November 5, 2012
SOLO

Cello: Rahşan Apay

İstanbul Kültür University, İstanbul, Turkey

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August 9, 2012
KLASİK KEYİFLER INTERNATIONAL MUSIC FESTIVAL
"İNCE’LİKLERE DAİR"

Cello: Rahşan Apay
Piano: Kamran İnce

Cappadocia, Nevşehir, Turkey

***

June 13, 2012
INTERNATIONAL ISTANBUL MUSIC FESTIVAL
"ÇELLİSTANBUL CONCERT"

Hagia Irene, Topkapı Palace, İstanbul, Turkey

***

May 3, 2012
DUO
"MY FRIEND RAVEL"

Violin: Hakan Şensoy
Cello: Rahşan Apay

Borusan Sanat, İstanbul, Turkey

***

March 12, 2012
RECITAL
"İNCE’LİKLERE DAİR"

Cello: Rahşan Apay
Piano: Kamran İnce

Süreyya Opera House, İstanbul, Turkey

***

March 5, 2012
RECITAL
"İNCE’LİKLERE DAİR"

Cello: Rahşan Apay
Piano: Kamran İnce

Nardis Jazz Club, İstanbul, Turkey

***

March 2, 2012
RECITAL
"İNCE’LİKLERE DAİR"

Cello: Rahşan Apay
Piano: Kamran İnce

Borusan Sanat, İstanbul, Turkey

***

February 23, 2012
"SCHUBERT CONCERT"

Violin: Hakan Şensoy
Cello: Rahşan Apay
Piano: Hande Dalkılıç

Fulya Sanat, İstanbul, Turkey

***

July 10, 2011
D-MARİN TURGUTREİS INTERNATIONAL CLASSICAL MUSIC FESTIVAL,
RECITAL

Cello: Rahşan Apay
Piano: Sabri Tuluğ Tırpan

Bodrum, Muğla, Turkey

***

May 9, 2011
RECITAL

Cello: Rahşan Apay
Piano: Eser Bilgeman Şakir

Süreyya Opera House, İstanbul, Turkey

***

March 9, 2011
RECITAL
"LONGING FOR THE HOMELAND"

Cello: Rahşan Apay
Piano: Melin Molla

Caddebostan Cultural Center, İstanbul, Turkey

***

January 9, 2010
"NECİP CELAL ANDEL: CELLO CONCERTO"

Çukurova State Symphony Orchestra
Conductor: Burak Tüzün

Adana City Concert Hall, Adana, Turkey

***

October 22, 2009
"JOSEPH HAYDN: CELLO CONCERTO, NO.1"

Aşkın Ensemble
Conductor: Cihat Aşkın

Kartal, İstanbul, Turkey

***

June 16, 2009
GERONTY TALALYAN 2. INTERNATIONAL MUSIC FESTIVAL
RECITAL

Cello: Rahşan Apay
Piano: Artur Avanezov

Yerevan, Armenia

***

April 9, 2009
"NECİP CELAL ANDEL: CELLO CONCERTO (WORLD PREMIERE)"

Anadolu University Symphony Orchestra
Conductor: Burak Tüzün

Eskişehir, Turkey

***

March 9, 2009
RECITAL

Cello: Rahşan Apay
Piano: Dina Hasanova

"Armağan Durdağ. Katibim Variations" (World Premiere)

Galatasaray University, İstanbul, Turkey

***

November 29, 2007
RECITAL

Cello: Rahşan Apay
Piano: Melin Molla

Akbank Sanat, İstanbul, Turkey

***

November 5, 2007
"ANTONİO VİVALDİ: CELLO CONCERTO, IN E MINOR"

Trakya Academic Orchestra
Conductor: Ömer Yöndem

Galatasaray University, İstanbul, Turkey

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January 12, 2007
TURKISH-GREEK FRIENDSHIP CONCERT
"AHMED ADNAN SAYGUN: CELLO CONCERTO, OP.74"

İstanbul State Opera and Ballet Orchestra
Conductor: Selman Ada

Megaron Concert Hall, Athens, Greece

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January 9, 2007
TURKISH-GREEK FRIENDSHIP CONCERT
"AHMED ADNAN SAYGUN: CELLO CONCERTO, OP.74"

İstanbul State Opera and Ballet Orchestra
Conductor: Selman Ada

Atatürk Cultural Center, İstanbul, Turkey

***

April 19, 2003
"JOSEPH HAYDN: CELLO CONCERTO, NO.1"

Bursa Regional State Symphony Orchestra
Conductor: Orhan Şallıel

Albert Long Hall, Boğaziçi University, İstanbul, Turkey

***

June 21, 2003
RECITAL

Haydn, Beethoven, Schumann "Fantasie Stückt", Dvorak, Debussy "Sonata", Tchaikovsky "Pezzo Cappricciozo"

Cello: Rahşan Apay
Piano: Evren Büyükburç

Akbank Sanat, İstanbul, Turkey

***

May 25, 2002
RECITAL

Corelli "Sonata", Schumann "Adagio and Allegro", Dvorak, Grieg "Sonata"

Cello: Rahşan Apay
Piano: Evren Büyükburç

Cemal Reşit Rey Concert Hall, İstanbul, Turkey

BIOGRAPHY

Having a wide repertoire from Baroque to contemporary music, Turkish-born cellist Rahşan Apay-Durdağ has been actively performing as a recital and orchestral soloist, as well as a chamber musician, throughout the world for thirty years. Among many other concertos from the standard repertoire, she has a special interest in world-premiering works by contemporary composers. Within the past years, she has had the privilege of premiering, performing and recording music of many living composers, most of whom were Turkish. She has hosted various classical music programs on the National Radio of Turkey (TRT) and has been interviewed as a guest artist in TRT, Açık Radio and Borusan Klasik Radio. She also recorded with TRT Jazz Orchestra.

She performed Turkish composer Ahmed Adnan Saygun’s Cello Concerto and Solo Partita with the Istanbul State Opera and Ballet Orchestra conducted by Selman Ada in tribute to the composer's 100th Birth Anniversary at Megaron Concert Hall in Athens, Greece, as well as at Ataturk Cultural Center in Istanbul, Turkey. She made a CD recording and also performed a world premiere of Cello Concerto of Necip Celal Andel, Turkish tango composer. She made a series of concerts in Istanbul with Kamran Ince, a Rome Prize winner Turkish/American composer and they have performed Ince's compositions which were especially rearranged by the composer for these concerts. She made the world premiere of the "Roxana" Cello Concerto of Turkish composer Armağan Durdağ, dedicated to herself. She world-premiered this concerto with Bursa Region State Symphony, and performed it with the Antalya State Symphony and the Cemal Reşit Rey Symphony orchestras while being broadcasted nationwide on television. With the Hacettepe Symphony Orchestra, she made the world premiere of Kamran Ince's "The Crying Wall" Cello Concerto and also performed Latvian composer Peteris Vasks' Cello Concerto No.2 "Presence" within the same concert at the 33rd International Ankara Music Festival in April 2016.

Rahşan Apay-Durdağ began playing cello at the age of 11 as a full-time music student at middle school level of Mimar Sinan University State Conservatory in Istanbul, Turkey, under the instruction of renowned cello professor Reşit Erzin. She continued her education at the Conservatory with him until she earned her Bachelor's and Master’s degrees in cello performance. Following her studies, she taught there as a professor of cello for four years. She attended masterclasses with the renowned Russian cellist and Naxos artist Alexander Rudin in Istanbul and world famous French pedagogue and cellist Philippe Müller in Ankara. Upon an invitation by Prof. Müller to be a student at Paris Conservatory, she continued her studies privately both with him and Franz Helmerssohn in France. She got special instruction on string quartet from Pierro Farulli and Andre Nannoni at Accademia Musicale Chigiana in Italy. In 1998, she won the second prize at International Cello Competition held in Ankara, Turkey. She has appeared at several international classical music festivals as a soloist, as well as a chamber musician. She has performed in many countries outside of her homeland, including the USA, Germany, Holland, France, Italy, Greece, Armenia, Hungary, Portugal, Bosnia Herzogovina, Azerbaijan and Russia.

Rahşan Apay-Durdağ served as the principle cellist for the Cemal Reşit Rey Symphony Orchestra, one of the top orchestras of Turkey from 1998-2015 and as the principle cellist for Aşkın Ensemble, founded by the renowned Turkish violinist Cihat Aşkın. Currently, she pursues her solo career as a cellist giving many national and international recitals, as well as orchestral concerts while performing on a German cello by Paulus & Krause dating from 1900.

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1 – YOUTUBE PLAYLIST : Rahşan Apay, Cellist

2 – Max Bruch- Eight Pieces for Clarinet, Cello and Piano, Op.83

3 – A.Piazzolla – Libertango

4 – S.Rachmaninov – Vocalise

5 – Kamran Ince – To Feel Something With (a la Radiohead)

6 – Kamran Ince – To Play With

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