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"Live At Salt Lake City", Pianist Okonsar On A Solo Piano Recital Cd

09-06-2011 10:27 AM CET | Arts & Culture

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The Gina Bachauer International Piano Competition conducted each four years, in the "seniors" category, is undoubtedly one of the most essential music gatherings in the music arena. Even there, not all session produces breathtaking discoveries and the majority of the shiny prize winners go unnoticed at short or medium term.

The 1991 sessions of the Gina Bachauer competition witnessed the particular beginnings of a Belgian pianist born in Istanbul, Turkey. Even though Mehmet Okonsar were being given -just- the sixth prize, now, twenty years later he established himself as one important figure in the sector.

Internationally distributed by means of amazon.com(r) and its particular affiliate sites, most of the genuine as well as un-edited performances of the 1991 competition is available nowadays on CD: "Mehmet Okonsar Live at Salt Lake City".

The CD features works by Alexander Scriabin, Gabriel Faure, J. Ph. Rameau, Franz Liszt and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Many of those video recordings are available on the artists Youtube(r) channel: mokonsar.

The particular selections can be auditioned at Okonsar's homepage: http://www.okonsar.com.

Functioning frequently on technical matters, as he comments "the actual technology may actually totally free the artist", his researches were shown in a lecture at the Yamaha headquarters in Hamamatsu, Japan. Okonsar written and presented a documentary series on the National Television Broadcast of Turkey, the T.R.T.

Moreover his worldwide concert carrier he is a productive writer. Okonsar is an independent musician, founder of the classical music and also musicology devoted blog-site:"inventor-musicae" together with the first classical-music video portal: classicalvideos.net. His full biography with details might be read here: http://www.okonsar.com/pianist-biography.html#long-bio

His repertoire includes a range from the early seventeenth. century ("The Fitzwilliam Virginal Book") which includes amongst others Orlando Gibbons and Giles Farnaby and also reaches late twentieth century with all the works by Karlheinz Stockhausen as well as Witold Lutoslawski. Well known works in this particular repertoire are: J.S. Bach "The Art of Fugue" carried out on organ (or piano) and executed recitals featuring the whole piano works by Arnold Schoenberg, Alban Berg and Anton Webern. Despite he denies all type of "musical specialization", his repertoire is actually seriously on the "modern" side with Igor Stravinsky "Three Movements of Petrouchka" the "Sequenza" for the piano by Luciano Berio and also the Klavierstucke by Karlheinz Stockhausen.

Mehmet Okonsar possesses an exceptional discography, all titles worldwide distributed. By J.S.Bach, Goldberg Variations; The Well-Tempered Klavier (complete in 3 CD set); The Art of Fugue (performed on organ and harpsichord) and The Musical Offering (performed on electronic instruments). An fascinating assortment of solo piano, free style improvisations is "Shadowy Arcade", a CD composed with pieces possessing stirring titles, in Okonsar's very own, personal musical style which is not necessarily unlike some very modern jazz improvisation styles.

For additional information or a sample copy please contact:
Mehmet Okonsar, mehmet@okonsar.com

Mehmet Okonsar, a Belgian pianist, composer, conductor and musicologist was born in Istanbul, Turkey. He studied piano, composition and orchestration at the Brussels Royal Conservatory and musicology at the Istanbul Technical University. His primary teachers were J. Cl. Vanden Eynden and Alexis Weissenberg for the piano and Madame Jacqueline Fontyn for composition. He is laureate of numerous international piano competitions including the Gina Bachauer. Besides his international concertist carrier he is also prolific writer. Okonsar is an independent artist, he runs his own management bureau, his CD label: LMO-Records and his publishing house: "Inventor-Musicae". Actively involved in the World Wide Web, Mehmet Okonsar is the founder of the classical music and musicology dedicated blog-site:"inventor-musicae.com" as well as the first classical-music video portal: "classicalvideos.net".

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