BEETHOVEN THE LIGHTHEARTED
Beethoven comes to us through stories and paintings as the rebellious rule breaker, raging at fate that brought him family burdens and a soundless future. But many types of humor fill his compositions, from sarcastic, witty and boisterous to gentle. It is as though he cannot repress the comedy of life. Even as a child he was withdrawn and serious and he was not known to be particularly joyful or jolly as an adult, but he could have a dry sense of humor- it was reported that the last words on his deathbed were “pity, pity, too late” about having just received a present of a case of wine. But what he may not have expressed in life he certainly channeled into his music. In his second early trio, Haydn’s (who was a master musical joker) influence is clearly recognized. Light-spirited and charming throughout, the finale is deliciously playful and is reminiscent of a comic opera. The second violin sonata conveys a carnival like atmosphere and the last movement is pure wit and grace. Berlioz had the best words for the 2nd symphony- “Everything in this symphony smiles”. This was the only symphony Beethoven himself arranged for chamber music parties.
Piano Trio in G major, Op.1 No.2 (1795)
Adagio - Allegro vivace
Largo con espressione
Violin Sonata No.2, Op.12 No.2 (1797)
Andante, più tosto Allegretto
Symphony No.2, Op.36 for Piano Trio (arr. Beethoven) (1802)
Adagio molto - Allegro con brio
Scherzo; Allegro - Trio
Erkin Onay, violin
Çağ Erçağ, cello
Gökhan Aybulus, piano
Erkin Onay, violin
Erkin Onay has performed throughout Turkey and abroad as a chamber musician and recitalist including in England, Greece, Ukraine, France, India, Germany, Japan and Brazil. As a soloist he has performed with the Presidential Orchestra, the state orchestras of İstanbul, İzmir, Antalya, and Bursa with distinguished conductors such as Gürer Aykal, Rengim Gökmen, İbrahim Yazıcı, Antonio Pirolli, Naci Özgüç, Vladimir Altschuler and Emil Tabakov.
Born in Istanbul in 1976, Erkin Onay began his violin studies with his grandfather Joachim Reusch. Between 1989 and 1994 he studied privately with Atilla Aydın at the Hannover School of Music. In 1990 he won 2nd prize in the Young Musicians Competition held in Germany. In 1994 he won a special award for talented students at Freiburg University where he continued his studies with Jörg Hoffman. In 1996 he began graduate studies at the Conservatory of Winterthur in Switzerland where he was accepted into the class of Hungarian pedagogue Gyorgy Pauk. Continuing at Winterthur he worked with one of Heifetz’s last star students Rudolf Koelman, and in 2001 received his diploma with the highest honors. He received his Artist diploma in 2005 in Turkey where he worked with Turkish “State Artist” Suna Kan.
He performed as concertmaster of the Antalya State Orchestra from 1999-2004 and Bilkent Symphony from 2005-2007. He has been concertmaster of the Ankara Opera and Ballet orchestra since 2007. He is the founding member of the Helix Trio and the Begoa Ensemble where he is the letter “E”.
Çağ Erçağ, cello
Çağ Erçağ received his diploma from the Hacettepe State Conservatoy where he studied percussion and cello with Jozsef Györffy and Doğan Cangal. He graduated with the highest honors in 1996. As a student he toured a number of counties with the Mediterranean Youth Orchestra including Egypt, France, Holland and Luxemburg, and also attended master classes with Lois Claret.
He has performed with a number of artists including Gürer Aykal, Fazıl Say, Ayla Erduran, Ayşegül Sarıca, Robert Cohen, Alexander Rudin and Daniel Grosgurin. As a soloist, he has performed with The Borusan Istanbul Philharmonic, the Presidential Symphony, the Bursa, Izmir and Antalya State Orchestras, Vienna Youth Orchestra and with the Şişli Municial orchestra
In 2005 he joined the Borusan Quartet, founded by Gürer Aykal, which is currently the premier quartet in Turkey. They have performed at the Schleswig-Holstein, Istanbul and Ankara festivals and given concerts appearances in many major halls include Zurich Tonhalle, Carnegie Hall, Concertgebauw, Philharmonie de Paris, Konzerthaus Berlin, , and the Musikverein. Their CDs have been released by the IBA label of Naxos, Lila Music and Onyx Records. The quartet worked with members of the Julliard and Alban Berg quartets as well as with Maxim Vengerov and Joshua Epstein. In 2010 they won the 1st prize in the ICMEC International Chamber Music competition in NY. They have given concerts in Austria, Germany, France, Ireland, Italy, Algeria, Holland, Serbia, Qatar, Belarus, Portugal, Jordan, Switzerland, Greece, USA, Japan, England. He is a founding member of the cello quartet, Cellistanbul and the Trio Hexis.
Gökhan Aybulus, piano
Turkish pianist Gökhan Aybulus began his music education at the Anadolu State Conservatory in Eskişehir where he studied with Zöhrab Adıgüzelzade. In 2000 he continued his studies at the Tchaikovsky Conservatory in Moscow and received his bachelors and masters degrees with Naum Shtarkman. In 2009 he finished his PhD with Sergei Dorensky. During his time in Russia he also worked with many musicians including Mikhail Voskresensky, Ruvim Ostrovsky, Pavel Nersesian, Nikolai Lugansky, Andrey Pisarev and Nina Kogan.
He has performed throughout Turkey and extensively around the world including in the US, Russia, Ukraine, Slovenia, Austria, Germany, Spain, Italy, Bulgaria, Bosnia, Croatia, and Azerbaijan. In 2012 he toured China as a soloist with the Presidential Symphony Orchestra along with conductor Rengim Gökmen. They performed in Beijing, Xi’an, Guangzhou and Shenzhen.
He has been fortunate to perform with a number of world famous artists such as Naum Shtarkman, Nikolay Lugansky, Dora Schwarzberg, Natalia Gutman, Cihat Aşkın, Bülent Evcil, Alexander Buzlov, Roman Simovich and Alexander Kagan. He has participated in numerous festivals including the Slovenian Carniola Festival, the Bruckner Festival in Austria, the Bellapais Festival in Cyprus and in concert halls such as Philharmonie Essen, the Vienna Konzerthaus, the Berlin Konzerthaus, the Tchaikovsky Concert Hall and the Beijing Concert Hall.
He joined the faculty of Anadolu State Conservatory in Eskişehir in 2012 and received the Arts Incentive Award in 2013. In 2017 he won the award from Turkey’s premier classical music magazine “Andante” for best pianist of the year.