BEETHOVEN THE ROMANTIC
Beethoven is often described as a musical bridge between the Classical and Romantic eras, but it could also be said that different stylistic elements co-exist in his compositions- including following the rules of Classical forms (inherited from Mozart and Haydn) and borrowing elements from Baroque contrapuntal writing. There is no question though, that he was a groundbreaker in terms of transferring ideas from the Romantic poets and writers into music. He deliberately took advantage of developments on the instruments. New heavier bows and pianofortes with a ‘sustain’ pedal inspired longer melodic lines, and these ‘modern’ instruments were capable of a much wider
dynamic range. All 3 of the instrumental sonatas in this program amplify a sense of expressive freedom and are full of dramatic contrasts, and the ‘Spring Sonata” and Cello Sonata No. 3 especially exude a wonderful sense of lyricism. The 2 earlier trios in E flat were written in Bonn in his early 20’s and although charming and rooted in Classicism, they are interesting to observe and compare with the more daring and Romantic ‘middle’ sonatas.
Violin Sonata No.5, Op.24 “Spring” (1801)
Adagio molto espressivo
Scherzo. Allegro molto - Trio
Rondo. Allegro ma non troppo
Piano Trio in E-flat major, WoO 38 (1791)
Scherzo. Allegro ma non troppo
Violin Sonata No.8, Op.30 No.3 (1802)
Tempo di Minuetto, ma molto moderato e grazioso
Variations in E-flat major, Op.44 for Piano Trio (1792)
Cello Sonata No.3, Op.69 (1808)
Allegro, ma non tanto
Scherzo; Allegro molto - Trio
Adagio cantabile - Allegro vivace
Esen Kıvrak, violin
Dorukhan Doruk, cello
Birsen Ulucan, piano
Esen Kıvrak, violin
Kivrak currently serves as the first violinist of the Borusan Quartet with whom he has participated in a number of highly successful national and international concert tours including the Schleswig-Holstein, Istanbul and Ankara festivals. Concert appearances include Zurich Tonhalle, Carnegie Hall Concertgebauw, Philharmonie de Paris, Konzerthaus Berlin, Schloss Elmau, and Musikverein. Their CDs have been released by the IBA label of Naxos, Lila Music and Onyx Records.
Born in 1977 Kıvrak started his musical education with Prof Hazar Alapınar at the Izmir State Conservatory. After winning a grant from the Izmir Municipality and being chosen as the most successful young artist of the year, he was accepted into the class of Josef Silvo at the Vienna Music Academy, one of the world’s leading music schools. Kıvrak represented Turkey at numerous international organizations and completed his undergraduate degree at 2001. He received the highest honors for his master degree at 2006 when he was a student with Prof Michael Frischenschlager
He has performed as soloist with all the Turkish state symphony orchestras, as well as with the Borusan Philharmonic, Bilkent Symphony, Toronto Youth Orchestra, Ensemble Salieri, Concertante Vienna, Vienna Youth Orchestra, Istanbul Şili Municipality Orchestra, Istanbul Synphonietta, Başkent Academiz Orch, Orchestra Sion and Samsun Opera Orchestra.
In 2005 he became one of the first official members of the Borusan Istanbul Philharmonic and in 2006 he was invited as a guest concertmaster of the Lisbon Metropolitan Orchestra. He plays a 1722 L. Storioni given on loan to him by the Borusan Foundation.
Dorukhan Doruk, cello
As a prize winner of various international competitions among them the 10th Lutoslawski International Cello Competition, he has appeared in major concert halls such as Vienna Konzerthaus, Tonhalle Zurich, Victoria Hall Geneva and Warsaw Philharmonic Hall.
Born in 1991 in Istanbul, Doruk began lessons with Dilbağ Tokay and continued with Claus Kanngiesser at the Cologne University of Music, and later with Truls Mørk at the Norwegian Academy of Music. He made his debut as a soloist when he was 13, and has since performed with various orchestras such as the Warsaw Philharmonic, Zagreb Soloists, Slovak Sinfonietta, Budapest Strings, and all the major orchestras of Turkey. He toured with pianist Fazıl Say, performing Say’s music on tour in Turkey as well as in Switzerland and Austria.
Doruk has appeared as a soloist in prestigious festivals such as the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival, Verbier Festival, Istanbul Music Festival and the Bodensee Music Festival. He has participated in masterclasses with renown cellists such as Yo-Yo Ma, Gary Hoffman, David Geringas, Steven Isserlis, Ralph Kirshbaum, Jens Peter Maintz, Torleif Thédeen, Antonio Meneses, Philippe Muller, Joel Krosnick, Wolfgang Boetcher and participated to the Seiji Ozawa Academy.
He was a recipient of DAAD scholarship for 4 years as well as a laureate Yehudi Menuhin Live Music Now and was selected for the “Young Musicians on World Stages Project” initiated and mentored by the Pekinel Duo with the financial support of Tüpraş.
In 2011 he has was awarded “Young Musician of the Year” at the Donizetti Classical Music Awards.
Birsen Ulucan, piano
Turkish pianist Birsen Ulucan is currently in great demand as a soloist, chamber musician and is a dedicated educator both at the conservatory and with children. Her concerts have taken her to to Bulgaria, Turkey, Germany, the United Kingdom, the US, the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus, Italy, France, Austria, Israel, Greece and Portugal.
She was born in Bulgaria and began her studies at the Varna Music Conservatory. Growing up in a family believing that all branches of the arts make up a whole, Birsen Ulucan also took ballet and cello lessons and debuted with the Shumen Orchestra when she was 12 years old where she In 1989 she graduated and that same year emigrated to Turkey with her family. She continued at the İstanbul State Conservatory, Guildhall School of Music&Drama in London and received her doctorate at the City University of London.
She was chosen as the collaborative pianist in the class of the world-famous violinist Maxim Vengerov at the Saarbrücken Music Academy in Germany and worked with many leading young violinists.
She has performed as soloist with the Vienna Chamber Orchestra,, Liszt Chamber Orchestra and the leading orchestras of Turkey.
She has also given concerts at such festivals as the Salzburg Mozarteum,, Istanbul Festival, France International Flain Music Festival, and Cyprus Bellapais Music Festival and has shared the stage with musicians like Maxim Vengerov, Marta Gulyas, Isabelle van Keulen and Christian Poltera.
Birsen Ulucan has three recordings with Lila Music Label. Her website is: