The Greek-Turkish Youth Orchestra (GTYO), composed of 50 talented young Greek and Turkish musicians aged between 16 and 26, will perform in two major concerts this year; on September 2 in Rhodes, Greece, and September 4 in Marmaris, Turkey.
The orchestra, now in its 8th consecutive year, will host two young Greek musicians as soloists. Violinist Elli Papagrigoriou and viola player Michael Iskas will perform together Mozart’s Sinfonia Concertante for Violin, Viola and Orchestra. Papagrigoriou and Iskas have both previously performed at the Athens Concert Hall and other prestigious venues.
Highlighting the continuous efforts of the orchestra in bringing harmony through music, GTYO President Leni Konialidis said: “The orchestra aims to unite different musicians under the belief of friendship, harmony and music as a common language.”
For the third consecutive year, the concerts’ Musical Director will be the highly acclaimed Turkish Maestro Cem Mansur.
GTYO was created by Konialidis, a dedicated music lover, following collaboration between the University of Bilkent in Ankara and selected musicians of important conservatories in Athens. The orchestra was created in the summer of 2008 and performed for the first time in Turkey (Ankara and Istanbul) and Greece (Athens: Odeon of Herodes Atticus; Patras: Roman Theatre).
In its 8 years of existence, GTYO is cited as an important example of generating friendship and harmony through the language of music. It has given numerous concerts across Greece and Turkey, proving itself as an important institution in the classical music world.