BEETHOVEN THE VIRTUOSO
28 October 2020 Boğaziçi University Albert Long Hall, ISTANBUL 19:30
30 October Cappadocia University Art Center, Uçhisar - NEVŞEHİR 20:30
When Beethoven moved to Vienna in 1792, he was one of the first virtuosos of the new pianoforte. In fact they had grown up together as it evolved from harpsichord to piano- with instruments almost doubling in their key span over his lifetime. His audiences were dazzled by his virtuosic technical facility, but also by his virtuosic music making. Czerny said of his playing “In rapidity, no one equaled him” but it was also Beethoven’s sense of singing legato, and his vast range of colors and ideas that impressed and shocked his early audiences. This radical transformation of instrumental playing didn’t only apply to the piano. Beethoven performed the premiere of this early cello sonata with the French virtuoso Duport. It was published as a sonata for pianoforte with cello obligato but the cello part is anything from a secondary voice and is stylistically more like a concerto. In Beethoven’s first published trio, he weaves together 3 independent voices, all requiring tremendous command. This brilliant violin sonata bears the title of Kreutzer, one of the founders of the French conservatory, but he found it too difficult to perform. Beethoven performed the premiere with the black virtuoso Bridgewater who claimed that Beethoven pulled the dedication due to a ‘girl problem’.
Cello Sonata No.2, Op.5 No.2 (1796)
Adagio sostenuto ed espressivo
Allegro molto più tosto presto
Piano Trio in E-flat major, Op.1 No.1 (1795)
Violin Sonata No.9, Op.47 “Kreutzer” (1804)
Adagio sostenuto- Presto
Andante con variazioni
Özcan Ulucan, keman
Indira Rahmatullah, cello
Çağdaş Özkan, piyano
Özcan Ulucan, violin
Violinist and violist, Özcan Ulucan was born in the city of Shumen, Bulgaria into a Turkish family where the arts and humanities were most admired. He continued his musical education in Varna and immigrated with his family to Istanbul in 1989. He continued his studies in Turkey, UK and Germany with renowned violinists Yfrah Neaman, Viktor Pikaizen, Joshua Epstein and finished his graduate work with Maxim Vengerov who called him "The most accomplished among my students, he is a true follower of my music philosophy on stage." Ulucan worked as an assistant to Maxim Vengerov in the Music Academy Saarbrücken, and also he joined Jazz Improvisation sessions as a violinist at the Music Academy Saarbrücken under the coaching of the jazz pianist Georg Ruby.
Özcan has performed as soloist 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 he has performed numerous premieres. He also performs regularly with his siblings, Birsen and Ayşen Ulucan and is currently on the teaching faculty of Mimar sinan Conservatory in Istanbul. Özcan has two CD recordings under the label of Lila Music in İstanbul. Website:
Indira Rahmatulla, cello
Born in a family of musicians, Indira began her cello studies with her parents. A graduate of the Colburn Conservatory of Music in Los Angeles, Indira studied with Vagram Saradjian in Houston, Ronald Leonard in Los Angeles and after with Jean-Guihen Queyras completing her Masters Studies and Soloist Diploma in Freiburg, Germany. In addition, Indira has completed her chamber music studies as a part of piano “Trio Areti” at the Instituto de Musica de Camara de Reina Sofia de Madrid under Ralf Gothoni. Indira has won numerous prizes in prestigious international competitions, including Aram Khachaturian International Cello Competition in Armenia, Luis Sigall International Cello Competition in Chile and Pasadena Showcase Instrumental Competition in Los Angeles, California. Indira has appeared as soloist with Orchestras around the world among which are Armenian State Orchestra in Yerevan, National Symphony Orchestra of Santiago de Chile, American Youth Symphony and Torrance Symphony Orchestra in LA and Bilkent Symphony and Bursa State Symphony Orchestra in Turkey. As a chamber musician, Indira has performed in collaboration with many leading artists such as Menahem Pressler, Paul Coletti, Sergio Azzolini, Alexander Melnikov and has been mentored by outstanding musicians among which are Arnold Steinhardt, Eldar Nebolsin, Ferenc Rados and Tabea Zimmermann. Indira was a fellow at the VillaMusica foundation in Rheinland-Pfalz. Since 2015, Indira is a member of Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne in Switzerland and frequently performs with the Balthasar-Neumann Ensemble under Thomas Hengelbrock and Die Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen.
Çağdaş Özkan , piano
Described as “...the most sensitive duo pianist” by Turkey’s leading classical music magazine “Andante”, Özkan has appeared in numerous concerts in USA and in his native Turkey. As a chamber musician and collaborative pianist Mr. Özkan has a significant repertoire and knowledge in instrumental and vocal music.
Some of Mr. Özkan’s performance venues include New York City’s Alice Tully Hall and The Juilliard School’s Paul and Morse Halls. As an orchestral pianist, Çağdaş Özkan has appeared as a member of the Juilliard Orchestra in John Adams’ “City Noir” in its New York premiere in Carnegie Hall.
As a demanded studio pianist, Mr. Özkan worked closely with the faculty of the Juilliard School such as Naoko Tanaka, Stephen Clapp, Ronald Copes and Robert C. White. Mr. Özkan has also participated in summer festivals such as Aspen Music Festival and Music Academy of the West as a Collaborative Piano Fellow.
A graduate of The Juilliard School, Mr. Özkan is a recipient of American Turkish Society’s “Ahmet Ertegün Scholarship”, “Borusan Music Scholarship” and “Mitzi Scholarship”. He holds a masters degree from The Juilliard School in Collaborative Piano and bachelor of music from Bilkent University, Turkey. His principal teachers include Jonathan Feldman, Margo Garrett, Zarema Safarova and Prof. Ersin Onay.