Peaceful melodies at World's Violin Festival in Istanbul

Thursday, February 20, 2014

World's Violin Festival, which is organized under the coordination of prominent Turkish violinist Cihat Askin, brings together the music of East and West - the classical and the orientalist.

World's Violin Festival, which is organized under the coordination of prominent Turkish violinist Cihat Askin, brings together the music of East and West - the classical and the orientalist.

By Burcu Arik Ozer

ISTANBUL - The World's Violin Festival, organized under the coordination of renowned Turkish violinist Cihat Askin, started on Wednesday and runs through to Friday at Istanbul’s Cemal Resit Rey Concert Hall (CCR) in the Harbiye neighborhood.

The festival was inaugurated with an exhibition entitled 'World's Violins' featuring a collection of 300 and 400-year-old violins from one of the world’s most renowned violin producers; Avshalom and Amnon Weinstein.

Askin speaking to the Anadolu Agency (AA) at the inauguration of the festival, said that "the festival is named the 'World's Violins' and it is actually a peace project because we bring together the music of the East and the West, the classical and the orientalist."

"It is the first festival which is all about violins. As you can see there are many different antique instruments here," he added regarding the collection of violins on display.

Aimed at bringing together international musicians with academics working in the field of music, Askin said, "In the second day of the festival, violin teacher Rodney Friend will give a 'masterclass'". Later on Amnon Weinstein, Senol Aydin, Hakan Ensoy and Askin will hold a talk on the significance of the violin.

Askin explained that the festival gives the opportunity to coach and inspire young musicians, "Young violinists from the Cihat Askin ve Kucuk Arkadaslari (Cihat Askin and Little Friends), aka CAKA, founded in 2001, will perform a short concert."

"The vision of CAKA is to make playing the violin attractive on both a national and international level and to discover young talent and support them on their international careers. So, young violinists will be able to perform and display their ability through the festival" said Askin.

"It is the first time in the world that a festival hosts an elaborate violin exhibition" said Avshalom Weinstein, a third generation and internationally renowned violin maker.

Weinstein explained that he continues the work of his grandfather, and said, "My grandfather started it in the 1940s, and now I continue. Our historical violins will also be displayed at the exhibition."

The festival will close on February 21 with the “Four Seasons in Istanbul and the World’s Violins” concert.

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