Klasik Keyifler Music Festival in Cappadocia

Klasik Keyifler Music Festival
Klasik Keyifler Music Festival

Klasik Keyifler returned to Cappadocia for its 6th International Music Festival, filling a myriad of magical spaces and historical venues with music. For a 3-week period from August 1-23, travelers and residents of the region were treated to daily musical events, with small ensemble repertoire ranging from classical western genres through classical Turkish and classical jazz.

Listeners enjoyed hearing plenty of Mozart, Brahms and Dvorak; Ellington, Tatum and Miles; as well as some Cemil Bey, Dedi Efendi and Cantemir; but the adventurous can also move through Stravinsky, Bartok and Enescu into newly composed works by the next generation.

Klasik Keyifler Music Festival Artistic Director Ellen Jewett noted that “I can hardly image a more inspiring location for a chamber musician to make music than Cappadocia. From the moment one enters this otherworldly landscape, logic is suspended and imagination magnified. This summer Klasik Keyifler brings more than 170 performers and composers together to share this magical environment”

Klasik Keyifler Music Festival
Klasik Keyifler Music Festival

The Cappadocia Vocational College is also the headquarters for the Klasik Keyifler summer music academy, which in 2015 hosted more than 100 young performers and composers from a number of countries. Klasik Keyifler aspired to transcend the highly competitive nature of the music business by centering on the art of chamber ensemble playing, the least hierarchical of musical genres. The faculty is made up of exciting international performing artists who are equally dedicated to teaching, and participants will join from countries including England, Afghanistan, Dubai, Belgium, Iran, Austria, Japan, Germany and US.

Organized by the non-profit music association Klasik Keyifler Muzik Dernegi, funded in part through the generosity of the American Embassy in Ankara as well as the US-based non-profit Chamber Music Exchange, the festival profiles a number of American artists.

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