The Bodrum Music Festival opens at D-Marin Turgutreis on August 22, Thursday at 20.30 with a concert where Bilkent Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Nil Venditti accompanies Fazıl Say performing Piano Concerto No. 3 by Beethoven. Fazıl Say is among the distinguished artists of Warner Classics and has become a world-class star both as a pianist and as a composer... Fazıl Say, who has contributed significantly to the development of the festival, will also be receiving the Festival’s Honorary Award this year. Since its founding as an original art project at Bilkent University, Bilkent Symphony Orchestra (BSO) has participated in our art lives with over 50 events each year and has become a distinguished ensemble with its concerts, television and radio recordings, and over 40 released albums.
For the opening concert, Nil Venditti will be conducting BSO which was declared “Goodwill Ambassador for UNICEF in Turkey” in 2009. Venditti who has rapidly risen in fame after winning the first prize at the Premio Claudio Abbado Competition for Young Musicians in 2015, was honoured at the Bucarest Jeunesses Musicales with the George Enescu Philharmonic Orchestra in 2017.
The young conductor will be directing Camerata Salzburg at the concert she will perform with Fazıl Say next season. The Opening Concert where Fazıl Say’s immense experience comes together with the dynamism of Bilkent Symphony Orchestra under Venditti will announce the beginning of the festival.