The Greek-Turkish Youth Orchestra will build bridges between the countries for one more year with two concerts at the Homerion Cultural Center of Chios Municipality (on July 30) and at Sigacik Castle in Seferihisar, Turkey (on July 31).
“Turks and Greeks are tow passionate people. With whatever they occupy themselves with, they do their best. The same happens with music,” said the Greek 20-year-old violin soloist Alexandros Petrin who participated in last year’s concerts of this special orchestra that since 2008 has given the opportunity to Turks and Greeks to come closer and exchange views.
GTYO consists of 50 charismatic Greek and Turkish musicians is in its sixth successful year of playing. Despite difficulties, it managed to organize two concerts this year with works of Mozart, Rossini and Beethoven under the auspices of the Greek Foreign Ministry.
The Greek-Turkish Youth Orchestra will associate this year with the Greek soprano Myrsini Margariti. For this year’s concerts the orchestra will cooperate with the worldwide known Turkish conductor Cem Mansur.
The idea of the Greek Turkish Youth Orchestra (GTYO) originated from the conviction of music lover Leni Konialidis that playing music in a group generates harmony and friendship in human relations. Sharing the universal language of music in the same orchestra brings the young musicians closer, thus creating a bridge to harmony.
In the summer of 2008 two concerts took place in Turkey; in Ankara and in Constantinople, and two in Greece; at the Irodio Attikou in Athens and in the Roman Odio of Patras. The orchestra was conducted by Vladimir Ashkenazy. Vassilis Tsabropoulos was the Greek piano soloist in Turkey, while the Turkish piano soloist Gulsin Onay performed in Greece.