At the end of November, after a series of recitals in Switzerland — Geneva, Zurich and Winterthur — Gülsin Onay rejoined her Turkish fans in Adana on 29 November, where she interpreted Beethoven's 4th piano concerto with the Çukurova State Symphony Orchestra conducted by Yalçın Adıgüzel.
She rounded off a busy month with a recital at the 30th Haldun Taner Story Award Ceremony at the Pera Museum in Istanbul. Throughout December Gülsin Onay is again occupied with concerts, masterclasses, workshops and other events.
On 2 December she performed Grieg's piano concerto with Eskişehir’s "İki Ekin Sesi Var" Children's Symphony Orchestra. The following day in the same city, a music room named after her was opened at the TED College in a surprise ceremony.
The following day she gave another, charity recital in Izmir is support of the Aegean Contemporary Education Foundation, at the special event celebrating the 85th anniversary of women’s suffrage in Turkey. From there Gülsin Onay travelled to Mersin for another performance of Beethoven's 4th piano concerto with conductor Burak Tüzün and the State Opera and Ballet Orchestra. Later, on 8th December she gave a recital at the special event organised for "85th Anniversary of the Granting of Turkish Women the Right to Elect and to Be Elected". The income to be donated to Aegean Contemporary Eduaction Foundation (EÇEV).
Gülsin Onay performed Beethoven's 4th piano concerto again with conductor Burak Tüzün, but this time in Mersin with State Opera and Ballet Orchestra.
Gülsin Onay Piano Days to take place between 22-25 December.
This year, the annual festival Gülsin Onay Piano Days, organized by Tekirdağ Metropolitan Municipality, takes place between 22-25 December 2019. The event will host 20 artists from Turkey and abroad, in the setting of the Yahya Kemal Beyatlı Cultural Center.
The opening concert on 22 December will be given by Gülsin Onay and Ancyra Ensemble. The Ankara-based Ancyra Ensemble is a string orchestra of talented young female musicians. The outstanding young international conductor Nil Venditti will be directing the orchestra.
Gülsin Onay Piano Days continue with Yugoslavian pianist Zoran Imsirovic on December 23rd. Zoran Imsirovic is a busy performer and festival patron in Munich. He will perform the works of Liszt and Schubert in Tekirdağ.
Concert for the Prince Rakoczi Year
On Tuesday, December 24, Gülsin Onay Piano Days will be hosting two concerts. First will start at 16:00 at Yahya Kemal Beyatlı Cultural Center and will feature Berkay Özkan, a young pianist who continues his artistic life in Hungary. Özkan will perform Liszt’s Rakoczi March as a commemoration of the Hungarian prince and revolutionary Francis Rakoczi II, who spent the last 18 years of his life in exile in Tekirdağ. The same day, at 20.00, the distinguished Turkish pianist Birsen Ulucan will be on the stage of the same venue. Birsen Ulucan is well known for her solo and chamber music performances with international musicians such as Maxim Vengerov, Marta Gulyas, Isabelle van Keulen and Christian Poltera, along her siblings Özcan Ulucan (violin) and Ayşen Ulucan (violin).
Closing Concert with Trio Hexis
Gülsin Onay Piano Days will end on 25th December with Trio Hexis’s concert. Trio Hexis is formed by Gökhan Aybulus (piano), Erkin Onay (violin) and Çağ Ercag (cello) aiming to bring a new breath to the Turkish chamber music scene.
About this event, State Artist Gülsin Onay writes: “I am thankful to Ekrem Eşkinat, who started this festival after honouring me by giving my name to a street in Tekirdağ, in 2015. I am also very grateful to venerable mayor Kadir Albayrak Tekirdağ Metropolitan Municipality, for supporting culture and art. I hope Gülsin Onay Piano Days will continue to attract intense interest in Tekirdağ, as it has done so successfully over the past four years."
Gülsin Onay opens the new year with the first of her "Beethoven Year’’ recitals which will take place at the Süreyya Opera House in Istanbul. The second recital of this series will continue at Cambridge's West Road Concert Hall on the 24th of January.