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 Even as a child he was withdrawn and serious and he was not known to be particularly joyful or jolly as an adult, but he could have a dry sense of humor- it was reported that the last words on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
Doğukan Keskin, violin
Onur Şenler, cello
İlter Vurucu, piano
Doğukan Keskin, violin
Born in Balıkesir Turkey in 1989, violinist Doğukan Keskin is currently a member of the Ankara State Opera/Ballet Orchestra as well as the Borusan Istanbul Philharmonic Orchestra. He began his music education in 2000 at the Hacetepe University State Conservatory based in Ankara. He received his early violin education from Ludmila Sirotina, and entered into Prof. Murat Tamer's violin class in 2003. During this time he had the opportunity to work with Prof. Tatjana Masurenko, Rusen Gunes and studied chamber music with Philip Moll, Ilya Sirotin, Peter Sheppard Skaerved, Feza Gökmen and Özgür Aydın. . In 2010, he passed the Master's exam for the Hochschule für Musik und Theater 'Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy' in Leipzig, Germany and was accepted into Roland Baldini's class. He had the opportunity to perform with Stüba Philharmonie and Hochschulorchester in Leipzig. During these years, he gave many solo concerts and at the same time was the second violinist of the Franz Schreker Ensemble. In 2012, he successfully completed his Master's degree. He has had the opportunity to perform on stage with artists such as Thomas Christian, Maxim Vengerov, Ellen Jewett, Ian Jessee, Konstantine Weits, Vincenzo De Felice. He participated in many concerts as the 2nd violin member of the Hitit Quartet and the 1st violin section of the Hacettepe Symphony Orchestra.
Onur Şenler, cello
Onur Şenler began his cello studies with with Prof. Çağlayan Ünal and continued with Prof. Doğan Cangal at Hacettepe University State Conservatory. He has enjoyed masterclasses with well-known artists including Peter Bruns, Maria Kliegel, Alexander Rudin, and Young-Chang Cho.
Onur Şenler performs famous works of the cello repertoire as a soloist accompanied by the state orchestras of Turkey. Recording of the J.Haydn’s Cello Concerto No.1 Concert with the Northern Cyprus Symphony Orchestra was also published. He gave importance to the works of young Turkish Composers written for cello & piano and performed their first debut concerts. Also he made the first performance of composer Can Atilla’s “Çanakkale 100th Anniversary Symphony in Memory of the 57th Regiment” at the Global Peace Summit attended by World Leaders, as a soloist with the Izmir State Symphony Orchestra. The same project was recorded with the Bilkent Symphony Orchestra and broadcast by Mezzo Channel on TV. Then the album of the work, whose World Premiere was performed in London Cadogan Hall with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, was released by Naxos in February 2017.
Performing concerts with the Ensemble Ankara Chamber Orchestra ensemble and the Ankyra String Quartet, which he founded, in various cities of Turkey, the artist continues his career in solo and chamber music as well as his chamber music career with AFO Soloists and Camerata Ankara. Since 2007, he has given continious and successful concerts with the CSO Cello Quartet, which he founded and arranged their repertoire and they perform in many festivals at home and abroad as well.
İlter Vurucu, piano
Born in Adana, Turkey in 198, pianist İlter Vurucu enjoys a varied musical life performing concerts throughout Turkey and abroad. He began piano lessons at the age of 8 and performed with the TRT (Turkish Radio/Television) Polyphonic Children's Choir for three years. In 1999 he passed the entrance exam to Hacettepe University/ Ankara State Conservatory and was accepted to the piano department, where he became a student of Oya Ünler. During his conservatory years, he attended Balazs Szokolay’s master classes in Balassagyarmat, Jerome Rose’s in Salzburg, and Oxana Yablonskaya’s and Özgür Aydın’s in Ankara, and won the 1st prize in the Yamaha Scholarship Award competition held in Ankara. In 2007, he took part in the "Young Talents" concert at the 8th International Antalya Piano Festival and in 2008, he graduated from Hacettepe University, Ankara State Conservatory Piano department. In 2009, he became a student of Christopher Oakden after passing the entrance examination with the first place to the Hannover Hochschule für Musik, Theater und Medien in Hannover, Germany. In 2011, he graduated from the piano department of the Hannover Hochschule für Musik. In 2012, he received the 2nd prize, as well as a special prize for the best compulsory work performance awards in the 1st National Piano Competition of Hacettepe University Ankara State Conservatory. Other prizes include 2nd for the İstanbul Orchestra'Sion International Piano Competition in 2015, and the first prize in the 1st Bursa International Nilüfer Piano Competition in 2016..