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

11-19-2011 02:48 AM CET | Arts & Culture

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International Piano Competitions are, nowadays, far below in importance compared to what they have used to be. You will discover a lot of players and in most cases the thrilling excitement dies out before you know it. This stays accurate with regard to even a number of most significant competitions, much like the Van Cliburn, the Queen Elizabeth and the Gina Bachauer.

Maurizio Pollini's accomplishment and continuation immediately following winning the particular Warsaw Chopin Competition in 1960, is without question, history now.

Infrequently, now, one can witness a performer rising from music competitions and being able to "be there" even after twenty or more years of winning a prize. But the "high-end" competitions noted earlier on, nevertheless, have a relatively more substantial rate associated with forming the classical music industry by discovering true talents. Yet, as in all piano competitions, not every session brings ground-breaking discoveries.

The Bachauer competition held in 1991 ended up being the jumping board for a Turkish born Belgian pianist: Mehmet Okonsar.

On the intercontinental distribution networks of amazon.com(r) and its affiliates, many of the performances which will confirm Okonsar as a key figure in the classical piano playing, come direct and also un-cut from the stage of the Symphony Hall of Salt Lake City and offered as a 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. A number of video recordings are available on the artists Youtube(r) channel: mokonsar.

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

Mehmet Okonsar was born in Istanbul (Turkey) and lived in Paris during his primary instruction. He began studying piano in the National Conservatory of Ankara, with Nimet Karatekin and Necil Kazim Akses. With thanks to the rich resources the Ankara Conservatory then had and the Mediatheque of the Centre Culturel Francais d'Ankara, he was raised studying the music of Pierre Boulez, Edgar Varese, Olivier Messiaen and Pierre Schaeffer, composers which would have a powerful affect on him. The artist claimed that his real musical education was given at the Royal Conservatory of Brussels. His teachers were: Jean-Claude Vanden Eynden for the piano and Madame Jacqueline Fontyn for composition in addition to orchestration. He moreover studied together with a previous student of Olivier Messiaen: Claude Ballif from the Paris National Conservatory and with the legendary pianist Alexis Weissenberg within Switzerland.

Mehmet Okonsar performed, among others, with the following orchestras: Utah Symphony, Antwerp Philharmonic, Poznan Philharmonic and Lublin Philharmonic. Some of the conductors he played with conductors: Joseph Silverstein, Charles Dutoit, Sylvain Cambreling, Ingo Metzmacher, Christof Escher. In recital Okonsar been seen in at London's Royal Opera House, the Salle Gaveau in Paris, in New York, San Francisco, Tokyo, Kyoto, Bruxelles, Antwerp, Amsterdam (Concertgebouw), Rotterdam, Rome, Athens, Calgary, Salt Lake City, Ljubljana.

His repertoire encompasses a assortment from the early seventeenth. century ("The Fitzwilliam Virginal Book") together with amongst others Orlando Gibbons and Giles Farnaby and also reaches late 20th century with all the works by Karlheinz Stockhausen and Witold Lutoslawski. Remarkable works with this repertoire are: J.S. Bach "The Art of Fugue" performed on organ (or piano) and alsoexecuted recitals offering the whole piano works by Arnold Schoenberg, Alban Berg and Anton Webern. In spite of he denies just about all sort of "musical specialization", his repertoire is 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.

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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