Turkish pianist Fazil Say will perform at the closing concert season of the Macedonian Philharmonic

Fazil Say / Photo: Macedonian Philharmonic

At the ceremonial closing of the concert season of the Macedonian Philharmonic, on May 23, starting at 20 p.m., one of the most famous pianists today, the Turkish and world artist Fazil Say, will perform with the concert entitled "Alpha and Omega".

This extraordinary pianist, who possesses a truly rare talent, and with whom he has directly touched the hearts of the audience and critics for more than three decades, will perform the masterful Concerto for Piano and Orchestra no. 3 in C minor, Op. 37 by Ludwig van Beethoven.

The conductor of the concert is maestro Yerukham Sharovski from Israel, the new chief conductor of the Macedonian Philharmonic, and on the same evening's program is another work by the genius Beethoven, his overture "Egmont" Op. 84, created after Goethe's tragedy of the same name.

In the second part of the concert, the attractive Symphonic Suite "Scheherazade", Op. 35 by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov, based on the motifs of the famous fairy tale "1001 Nights".

During his career, Maestro Yerucham Sharowski conducted over 50 orchestras in more than 20 different countries, including the concert series with Maestro Lorin Mazel, conducting the Munich Philharmonic in Germany and the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra together with the Bavarian Radio Orchestra in concerts dedicated to of the city of Jerusalem. Currently, maestro Sharovski also holds the position of chief conductor and artistic director of the Macedonian Philharmonic.

For the Turkish and international pianist Fazil Say (1970), critics will say that this pianist's concerts are something different. They are more direct, more open, more exciting, in short – they shoot straight to the heart. This is exactly what the composer Aribert Reiman said in 1986, when during his visit to Ankara he had the opportunity to listen to the then 16-year-old Say. Then he immediately asked David Levine, the American pianist who accompanied him on that trip, to come to the City Conservatory and said: "You absolutely must hear him, this guy plays like a devil."

Fazil Say began his first piano lessons with Mithat Fenman, who studied with the famous Alfred Corteau in Paris. Sensing his student's talent, Fenman asked him to improvise on topics related to his daily life every day, before working on the assigned exercises in his piano studies. It is this, the contact with free creative processes, that is considered the source of Fazil Say's enormous improvisational talent, as well as his aesthetic view in creativity as a composer.

His extraordinary technique soon enabled him to master complex works with ease, from the refinement of Bach, Haydn and Mozart, to the virtuosic brilliance of Liszt, Mussorgsky and Beethoven, which would earn him victory at the International Young Concert Artist Competition in New York in 1994.

Since then, he has performed with all renowned American and European orchestras, with leading conductors, building a multifaceted repertoire, ranging from baroque to contemporary works, including his own, reports the Macedonian Philharmonic.

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