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Program 2      



19 February 2020 Boğaziçi University Albert Long Hall, ISTANBUL 19:30

21 February 2020 Cappadocia University Art Center, Uçhisar - NEVŞEHİR 20:30

Beethoven is known as a giant of composers, but he should also be remembered as one of the great improvisers of his age. There are many stories of his public improvisation duals with rival pianists and memories of him offering improvised ‘portraits’ of friends and dignitaries at parties, and extemporizing brilliant variations on popular tunes of the day. His friends also recount numerous occasions when Beethoven would perform private improvisation sessions when they were ill or in grief. This may help to explain his seemingly endless source of new ideas and also explain his great love for the variation form that permeates all his music. In this program, both of these substantial variation movements are based on themes from popular comic operas. This improvisatory approach may also have inspired his ability to build large formal structures through manipulations of small motives. This technique becomes more dominant in works from his middle period, like in this 6th violin sonata. Beethoven arranged this joyful trio Op 38 for septet as well as clarinet and violin, which shows how flexible and adaptable his musical ideas could be.



10 Variations on 'Ich bin der Schneider Kakadu', Op.121a for Piano Trio   (1816)

Violin Sonata No.6, Op.30 No.1 (1802)


Adagio molto espressivo

Allegretto con variazioni




12 Variations on ‘Judas Maccabeus’ for cello and piano  (1796)  


Trio in E-flat major, Op.38  (1799 rev. 1803)

Adagio - Allegro con brio

Adagio cantabile

Tempo di Menuetto

Theme con Variazioni. Andante

Scherzo. Allegro molto e vivace - Trio

Andante con molto, Alla marcia - Presto


Özcan Ulucan, vilolin

Poyraz Baltacıgil, cello

Lauma Skride, piano

Özcan Ulucan, vilolin

Özcan Ulucan is a Turkish violinist and viola player who was born in Bulgaria. He has studied in Bulgaria, Turkey, UK and Germany with Yfrah Neaman, Viktor Pikaizen, Joshua Epstein and Maxim Vengerov who called him "The most accomplished among my students, he is a true follower of my music philosophy on stage.."

Özcan has performed as solist with the English Chamber Orchestra, Amsterdam Sinfonietta, Vienna Chamber Orchestra, Philharmonia Orchestra London in venues such as Royal Albert Hall London, Konzerthaus Berlin, Wels Festival, Ludwigsburg Festival, Budapest Spring Festival and Amsterdam Concertgebow, and together with Maxim Vengerov and the legendary Maestro Mstislav Rostropovich conducting the Amsterdam Sinfonietta. He has also performed with all of the major orchestras throughout Turkey. He is a founding member of Turkey's premier new music ensemble, the Hezarfen ensemble with whom h has performed  numerous premieres. He also performs regularly with his siblings, Birsen and Ayşen Ulucan.
Özcan has two CD recordings under the label of Lila Music in İstanbul. Website: www.ozcanulucan.com

Poyraz Baltacıgil, cello

Poyraz Baltacigil born in 1994, is the Associate Principal Cellist of the Borusan İstanbul Philharmonic Orchestra and also teaches at the Mimar Sinan Conservatory in Istanbul. He is an active solo musician and is the founding member of the Trio Likya. Beginning on the violin and moving to cello, he entered the Mimar Sinan Conservatory in Istanbul in 2005 as a full-time student in Dilbağ Tokay’s class. Graduating in 2015, he was selected as a master student to the class of Jean-Guihen Queyras and subsequently attended masterclases with Yo-Yo Ma, Alexander Rudin, Natalia Gutman, Steven Isserlis, Martin Ostertag, Johannes Moser, Maria Kliegel and Gustav Rivinius.

He has performed as soloist with many orchestras including the Borusan Istanbul Philharmonic Orchestra, Istanbul State Symphony Orchestra, Presidential Symphony Orchestra, Izmir State Symphony Orchestra,  He has been awarded many prizes including the “International Young Virtuosos” in Bulgaria and the “Benyamin Sönmez National Cello Competition” with president of the jury Natalia Gutman. He has also been selected as “The Best Young Musician of the Year 2016” by Andante Classical Music Magazine.. 

Lauma Skride, piano

Awarded the Beethoven Ring in 2008, Lauma is highly acclaimed for her interpretations of Germanic classical and romantic repertoire. In recent seasons, Lauma Skride has appeared with Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra, Hamburg Symphony Orchestra, Dresden Philharmonic, and the Orquesta de Gran Canaria. Lauma Skride performs with such conductors as Andris Nelsons, Kristjan Järvi, Anu Tali, Muhai Tang, Peter Ruzicka, John Storgårds, Pedro Halffter, André de Ridder, Yan Pascal Tortelier and Cornelius Meister.

Lauma Skride is also committed to the long established duo with her sister, violinist Baiba Skride. In October 2011, the duo premiered Hans Abrahamsen’s double concerto with the Royal Danish Orchestra in Copenhagen and the Swedish Chamber Orchestra – a work that was composed for the pair.

Passionate energy, youthful vigour and musical sensitivity have become the trademarks of the Skride duo. Other chamber music partners of Lauma Skride include cellist Daniel Müller-Schott, Sol Gabetta and Julian Steckel, as well as Jörg Widmann and Christian Tetzlaff and the Armida Quartett.

Lauma Skride recorded Fanny Hensel’s piano cycle Das Jahr for Sony in 2007 and received an ECHO Classic Award as Best Young Artist for this recording.