Culture & Art

Sustainable Support For Culture & Art

TSKB has been contributing to the development of our country’s cultural and artistic life by supporting concerts at the annual music festival organized by İstanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts since 1990. Having become Turkey’s first carbon-neutral bank by erasing its carbon footprint in 2008 (a status it has maintained ever since) TSKB organized the İstanbul Music Festival’s first “Zero-Carbon Concert” held during the week in which World Environment Day fell in 2014.

The occasion was the “Chamber Music With The Stars-1” concert performed by the world-famous chamber music quartet consisting of Eric Le Sage, Daishin Kashimoto, Lise Berthaud, and François Salque. All of the carbon emissions generated by the transportation requirements of the performers and audience were neutralized with a “Gold Standard” carbon offset certificate obtained by TSKB from a firm that invests in clean energy production.

"HOMAGE TO EDITH PIAF | RICHARD GALLIANO & SYLVAIN LUC", 2016 ISTANBUL MUSIC FESTIVAL

Garden of Palais de France
22 June 2016 | 21:00
Richard Galliano accordeon, Sylvain Luc guitar

La Vie en Rose, Je ne regrette rien, Sous le Ciel de Paris, Hymne a L'amour and more…
Richard Galliano, one of the greatest accordionists of the modern era, and the unimpeachable jazz guitarist Sylvain Luc reunite their talents for this duo project dedicated to the grande dame of French chanson. The result is a virtuoso jewel, showcasing and reawakening the freshness of the Piaf repertoire.

"DANCING PARIS | ALLIAGE QUINTET & JÓZSEF LENDVAY", 2015 ISTANBUL MUSIC FESTIVAL

Süreyya Opera House
8 June 2015 | 20:30
Alliage Quintet | Daniel Gauthier soprano saxophone, Magdalena Łapaj alto saxophone, Asya Fateyeva tenor saxophone, Sebastian Pottmeier baritone saxophone, Jang Eun Bae piano

The Istanbul Music Festival welcomes the Alliage Quintet once again, after their full-house concert in 2007 to a rapturous audience, and this time in a new collaboration full of verve and ardour with special guest Jozsef Lendvay. In “Dancing Paris”, the Alliage Quintet picks up on the atmosphere of the city at the end of the 19th century, when politics, economics, and society experienced tempestuous times - the cultural heyday of the Belle Époque. The charismatic Jozsef Lendvay complements the quintet in this project with his virtuosity and vitality as well as his enormous range of repertoire from classical to folk and Gypsy sounds.

"CHAMBER MUSIC WITH THE STARS", 2014 ISTANBUL MUSIC FESTIVAL

Boğaziçi University Albert Long Hall
6 June 2014 | 21:00
Daishin Kashimoto violin, Lise Berthaud viola, François Salque cello,Eric Le Sage piano

A famous representative of the French piano school, Eric Le Sage; solo violin of the Berlin Philharmonic, Daishin Kashimoto; a worthy representative of French excellence on the cello, François Salque; and one of the greatest young French talents on viola, Lise Berthaud - this is a dream team coming to the festival, bringing the purity and intimacy of chamber music for the delight of festival followers. Already proved to be a great success with their Schumann and Fauré projects, the ensemble now goes on to reveal the secrets of the musical universe of Brahms.

“DANCES FOR TWO PIANOS”, 2013 ISTANBUL MUSIC FESTIVAL

Istanbul Modern
7 June 2013 | 20.00
Ufuk & Bahar Dördüncü piano duo

Impressing the audiences with their originality and never-ending pursuit of the uncommon, the Ufuk and Bahar Dördüncü sisters are ardent promoters of the Turkish contemporary music, which is received enthusiastically all over the world by critics and audiences alike. Opening with Ravel’s waltz, the night will proceed with Rachmaninov’s 2nd and then the 1st suit, which illustrates four extracts of poems by Mikhail Lermontov, Lord Byron, Fyodor Tyutchev, and Aleksey Khomyakov, and will culminate in another waltz by Ravel.

“YOUNG MASTERS & HEROES”, 2012 İSTANBUL MUSIC FESTIVAL

Cemal Reşit Rey Concert Hall
Tuesday, June 19th, 20:00
Ece Bozkurt - piano
Cem Esen piano
Iraz Yıldız piano
Muhiddin Dürrüoğlu - piano
Gülsin Onay piano
Hüseyin Sermet piano

Representing our hopes for the future, the very young but already accomplished pianists Ece Bozkurt, Iraz Yıldız and Cem Esen will play together with the piano doyens of today, Gülsin Onay, Hüseyin Sermet and Muhiddin Dürrüoğlu, who themselves were child prodigies once.

“ALHAMBRA NIGHTS”, 2011 İSTANBUL MUSIC FESTIVAL

Tiled Kiosk
Friday, June 24th, 20:00
Cem Duruöz - guitar
Philippe Bertaud - guitar
Fernando Espi - guitar

Three guitar virtuosi are meeting in Enameled Kiosk with a fiery and passionate repertoire mainly from Spanish and South American composers. Cem Duruöz, Philippe Bertaud and Fernando Espi will bring the heat of the nights to Enameled Kiosk. Cem Duruöz has recorded three solo CDs so far which gained rave reviews: Pièces de Viole, containing the French Baroque works of Marais, Contemporary Music for Guitar and his newest solo album Desde el Alma - Tango Classics. This album was described as a masterpiece by Argentine critics. Los Angeles Times named Philippe Bertaud “The New Lord of the Strings!” With a multi-faceted career, the artist has an adventurous personality and refreshes himself constantly to explore the unknown roads of musicality. Guitarist Fernando Espi is an artist who receives comments full of praise from critics with every concert he gives and every recording he makes. On this concert night where East meets West, selected works from Spanish, Bossa Nova, Argentina, and Turkish music will be performed.

“CONCERT AT THE KIOSK”, 2010 ISTANBUL MUSIC FESTIVAL

Tiled Kiosk
Tuesday, June 22nd, 20:30
Latica Honda-Rosenberg - violin
Alexander-Sergei Ramírez - guitar

The Enameled Kiosk will be the setting of a magnificent duet of violin and guitar in a repertoire ranging from Paganini to Piazzolla. Latica Honda-Rosenberg and Alexander-Sergei Ramírez are among the leading artists of their generations. Laden with Latin melodies, this concert will present a night to remember for music lovers.

“FESTIVAL ENCOUNTERS II”, 2009 İSTANBUL MUSIC FESTIVAL

Hagia Eirene Museum
Wednesday, June 17th, 20:00
Bülent Evcil - flute
Benoit Fromanger - flute
Richard Galliano - accordion
Ferenc Vizi - piano

Bülent Evcil, called as one of the leading flutists of his generation by Sir Galway; Benoit Fromanger, performer of special works on world stages and at prominent festivals; Richard Galliano, the unparalleled accordion virtuoso and composer; and Ferenc Vizi relishing the piano with his lyrical touch, meet for the second night of the series of Festival Encounters, an event expected to bring a new lease to the Festival with its repertoire.

“ROMANTIC VARIATIONS”, 2008 İSTANBUL MUSIC FESTIVAL

Hagia Eirene Museum
18 June Wednesday, 20:00
Emre Elivar piano
Felix Mendelssohn
Variations Serieuses in D minor, Op.54
Johannes Brahms
Variations on a Theme by Paganini, Book I & II, Op.35
Ludwig van Beethoven
Diabelli Variations, Op.120

A pianist who crowns his career with numerous awards from international competitions, Emre Elivar will join the festival with a concert program or rather a “show of strength”. Starting with the art of variation’s masterpiece, Beethoven's Diabelli Variations and continuing with the works by masters of 19th century German romanticism, Mendelssohn and Brahms, this concert is a must-see recital with Elivar's excellent musicianship and flawless technique.

“FESTIVAL ON THE BOSPHORUS!”, ROBY LAKATOS, 2008 İSTANBUL MUSIC FESTIVAL

Esma Sultan
26 June Tuesday, 21:00
Roby Lakatos - violin
Laszlo Boni - second violin
Robert Feher - doublebass
Frantisek Janoska - piano
Attila Ronto - guitar
Jeno Istvan Lisztes vibraphone
French chansons, Russian songs and Tzigan melodies on the Bosphorus...

Celebrated Hungarian violin genius Roby Lakatos is a universal artist who defies definition with his scorching virtuosity and versatile repertoire covering diverse styles. Likened to Stéphane Grapelli, admired by genius violinists like Yehudi Menuhin and Vadim Repin, Lakatos became Deutsche Grammophon's first "non-classical" artist as a "gypsy genius, classical virtuoso, jazz improviser and composer" or "the devil's fiddler" as he is usually called. Developing an impromptu style where gypsy music and jazz elements fuse, Lakatos has such a technical competence that astonishes even the best classical violinists with his pizzicato with his constantly shifting diabolic left hand. Promising one of the most interesting concerts of the 35th Festival, Lakatos will intensify the Festival energy even more with an unusual and unique programme of French chansons, Russian songs and Hungarian Gypsy melodies alongside classical works in the Hungarian tradition.

“ALATURCA”, 2006 İSTANBUL MUSIC FESTIVAL

Hagia Eirene Museum
10 June Saturday, 20:00
Acadimia Chamber Orchestra
Alpaslan Ertüngealp, conductor
Julian Rachlin violin
Mozart
Ouverture to Abduction from the Seraglio
Mozart
Violin Concerto in A Major, KV219 ‘Turk’
Haydn
Symphony in G Major No. 100 ‘Military’

Achieving worldwide recognition with numerous awards despite his young age, conductor Alpaslan Ertüngealp and his orchestra will be performing at the festival. The youthful and dynamic Hungarian Acadimia Chamber Orchestra founded by the artist will perform masterpieces by Mozart and Haydn accompanied by Julian Rachlin, one of the finest violinists of his generation with his outstanding talent.

“MOSCOW VIRTUOSI”, 2005 İSTANBUL MUSIC FESTIVAL

Vladimir Spivakov, violin & conductor
Vladimir Krainev, piano
Antonio Vivaldi - Violin Concerto in E minor RV278
Luigi Boccherini - Symphony in D minor No.6 Op.12
Alfred Schnittke - Concerto for Piano and Strings
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky - Serenade for Strings Op.48

The Russian ensemble Moscow Virtuosi established by prominent violinist Vladimir Spivakov 25 years ago, is certainly a bright page in the history of music. The orchestra will give a concert in İstanbul and mesmerise the audience with their 25 years of virtuosity and professional sound. The orchestra will be directed by their conductor, distinguished Russian violinist Vladimir Spivakov. The programme will feature selections from the Baroque era till the 20th Century. The unique atmosphere of the Hagia Eirene Museum will definitely add a lot to the programme that will include works of Vivaldi, Boccherini, Schnittke and Tchaikovsky.

“FARINELLI’S VOICE ECHOES IN İSTANBUL”, 2004 İSTANBUL MUSIC FESTIVAL

Derek Lee Ragin counter-tenor
Florilegium
Ashley Solomon, artistic director
Antonio Vivaldi - RV94 Concerto in D Major
Georg Friedrich Handel - Kantat: Mi palpiti il cor Cantata: Mi palpitar il cor
Antonio Vivaldi - Variations on La Follia Op. 1, No. 12 Georg Friedrich Handel - Cantata: “Lungi da me pernsier tiranno”
Antonio Vivaldi - Concerto in A Minor
Georg Philip Telemann - Flavio’dan arya: “Amor nel mio penar” from Flavio
Georg Friedrich Handel - “Ah dispetto” from Tamerlano

The Baroque concerts, theme of this year’s festival, start with the British ensemble Florilegium. The concert’s soloist will be a surprise for the audience. Countertenor Derek Lee Ragin, one of the artists performing the arias for the famous motion picture “Farinelli”, will be a vocal pleasure among this year’s many artists.

Excavation Sponsorship for the Ancient City of Patara

TSKB is aiming to sponsor the excavation works of the Ancient City of Patara—an important historical and cultural site in our country—as a social responsibility project within the context of its sustainable banking activities over the next five years.

The excavation, which initially began in 1988, covers an area of 10 km2. Within the excavation site lies monuments such as the oldest known lighthouse (the “Patara Lighthouse”) and the “Milliarium Lyciae,” which were mentioned by Piri Reis in his scriptures. The site also includes a social complex, which is actually an Ottoman relay station that was established in 1905.

As part of the excavation works, the aim is to restore a 2-km-long ancient harbor, and for this port to contribute to the cultural and touristic life of our country. The excavation work will also include restoration of: the tower part of the lighthouse in the area; the Corinthian Temple, which has been included in the World Monuments Fund Watch for very valuable, endangered structures; the ancient theater; the small bathhouse structure, which will be made into a museum; and the bathhouse located in the harbor.

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