Dr. Nejat F. Eczacıbaşı is commemorated with The New York Philharmonic concerts

Dr. Nejat F. Eczacıbaşı, the founder of the Eczacıbaşı Group and the Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts (IKSV), will be commemorated at the 20th anniversary of his passing with two exclusive concerts. "Dr. Nejat F. Eczacıbaşı Memorial Concerts", organised by the Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts (IKSV) under the sponsorship of Eczacıbaşı Holding, will be performed in Istanbul on 3 and 4 May by one of the oldest and best orchestras in the world, The New York Philharmonic, conducted by Alan Gilbert.

The soloists of the concerts, organised by IKSV on Friday, 3 May and on Saturday, 4 May, at Haliç Congress Center, will be the world famous violin virtuoso Joshua Bell and pianist Emanuel Ax.

The first concert by The New York Philharmonic will be the European premiere of Christopher Rouse's new symphony titled "Prospero's Rooms" commissioned by The New York Philharmonic and will take place at Haliç Congress Center on Friday, 3 May at 20:30. Conducted by Alan Gilbert, the orchestra will then accompany Joshua Bell in Bernstein's "Serenade" composed for solo violin, strings, harp and percussion and conclude its programme with Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 6.

The second concert of the orchestra in Haliç Congress Center on Saturday, 4 May at 20:30, will start with Mozart's Symphony No. 36 in C Major. The orchestra will accompany pianist Emanuel Ax in Mozart's Piano Concerto No. 25 in C Major and conclude its program with Mussorgsky's "Pictures at an Exhibition", the orchestra, programme and orchestration of which was done by Ravel.

Since the time of its foundation in 1842, The New York Philharmonic has enjoyed a worldwide reputation with 430 concerts in 63 different countries and conducted by prominent musicians including Antonín Dvořák, Gustav Mahler, Otto Klemperer, Richard Strauss, Wilhelm Furtwängler, Arturo Toscanini, Igor Stravinsky and Aaron Copland. The current music director who has joined the long list of previous prominent conductors, including Lorin Maazel, Kurt Masur, Zubin Mehta and Leonard Bernstein that led the orchestra, is Alan Gilbert. Began his conducting career with the Cleveland Orchestra in 1995 as an assistant conductor, Gilbert later worked as the music director of Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra and the Santa Fe Opera. Since the 2009-2010 season, Gilbert assumed the musical directorship of The New York Philharmonic, which he led several times as a guest conductor before.

With its tradition in supporting contemporary composers, The New York Philharmonic continues to present a plenty of new works to world music repertoire through its commissions and premieres. Regularly performing the works of prominent contemporary composers every season, the orchestra will realise the world premiere of its Composer-in-Residence Christopher Rouse's new piece on April 2013 at Avery Fisher Hall and perform the European premiere of the piece on 3 May at "Dr. Nejat F. Eczacıbaşı Memorial Concert". As the first orchestra in USA to allow online downloading of its concerts, The New York Philharmonic is also the first orchestra to perform at a Grammy Award Ceremony in 2003. The orchestra performed in Turkey for the first time in 1959 under the baton of Leonard Bernstein. The orchestra was then the guest of the 13th Istanbul Music Festival in 1985 under the baton of Zubin Mehta and the 23th Istanbul Music Festival in 1995 under the baton of Kurt Masur. Credit Suisse is the Global Sponsor of The New York Philharmonic.

The New York Philharmonic will feature a world famous violin virtuoso Joshua Bell, who, with his passionate interpretations, stage charisma and versatility is known as "the superstar of classical music". Both as a soloist and a conductor, doing chamber music or recording an album, Bell produces at a consistent level of perfection. Recently, he was appointed Musical Director of the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields Orchestra and became the first conductor to assume this position since Sir Neville Marinner founded the orchestra in 1958. In addition to several awards he received, Bell was nominated for a Grammy Award for the first recording of the West Side Story Suite and his album, which included Bernstein's Serenade.

The soloist for the concert on Saturday, 4 May Emanuel Ax is the fourth artist to receive the Artist-in-Residency title in the history of The New York Philharmonic. Cited as one of the most important pianists of the world by Alan Gilbert, Emanuel Ax performs regularly with the most prominent orchestras of the world, including Amsterdam Concertgebouw, Berlin Philharmonic, London Philharmonic, Los Angeles Philharmonic and San Francisco Symphony. As a Grammy Award-winning artist, Emanuel Ax performed with conductors such as Simon Rattle, Mariss Jansons, John Eliot Gardiner, Vladimir Jurowski, Bernard Haitink and Colin Davis.

The New York Philharmonic concert tickets are on sale through;

• Biletix sale points
• Biletix call center (0216 556 98 00),
• Biletix website (www.biletix.com) and
• İKSV (between 10.00-18.00, except Sundays)
(The ticket office will be open on Sunday 17 February between 10:00-18:00)

Ticket prices for the concert: 350 TL, 250 TL, 200 TL, 150 TL, 100 TL and 35 TL (students). Credit cards accepted.

3-4 May 2013, 20.00
Haliç Congress Center

Progreamme: Friday, 3 May

ALAN GILBERT conductor

Christopher Rouse
Prospero's Rooms (2013)*

Leonard Bernstein
Serenade (1954)

Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Symphony No.6 in B minor, Op.74, "Pathétique"

Ara dahil 120' sürer. Lasts 120' inc. interval.

* European premiere

Progreamme: Saturday, 4 May


Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Symphony No.36 in C Major, KV425, "Linz"

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Piano Concerto No.25 in C Major, KV503

Modest Mussorgsky
Pictures at an Exhibition (Arr. Maurice Ravel)

Ara dahil 120' sürer. Lasts 120' inc. interval.