The Tekfen Philharmonic Orchestra and world-renowned violinist Roby Lakatos delivered a night of music and enchantment to a packed audience at the Zorlu Performing Arts Center on October 5. Featuring Lakatos’ ensemble and Göksel Baktagir, a famous Turkish composer and kanun virtuoso, the concert was part of Tekfen Philharmonic’s 30th anniversary celebrations.
Conducted by Aziz Shokhakimov, Tekfen Philharmonic offered a fast-paced program full of unique performances. The concert kicked off with Beethoven’s Seventh Symphony, which transcended the geographical boundaries of classical music. As one of the most anticipated concerts so far, Lakatos and Baktagir enchanted the audience with their high-tempo repertoire.
Now Shokhakimov is telling all — that he is trying to build new traditions within the orchestra.
In an interview with Medyascope English, Shokhakimov revealed that the orchestra is his baby.
“We grew up together as an orchestra, and many musicians playing in the orchestra they started when I came here,” Shokhakimov said.
“Sometimes we need to play something that is not really classical,” Shokhakimov said, referring to Lakatos. ”I was absolutely amazed by him, by his ensemble. I was thinking that it will be a great idea to invite him to play with Tekfen”.
Shokhakimov still reminisce over the moments when he felt inspired and shared his thoughts about Beethoven’s influence on other musicians:
“If you see the humanity, all nationalities have similar instruments. It means all people want to enjoy music. It does not matter if it’s traditional or classical music. It’s just part of the same energy”.
Watch the interview below.