"Peşrev’den Konçerto’ya"

Boston Turkish Film and Music Festival is proud to present the first rendition of Hasan Ferid Alnar's "Concerto for Kanun and Strings" in the United States.


String Quintet
Onur Dilişen, first violin
Lizzie Jones, second violin
Rosie Samter, viola
Naseem Alatrash, cello
Bonita Williams, double bass

Tahir Aydogdu Bilkent SenfoniInternationally acclaimed kanun virtuoso Tahir Aydoğdu, in the first half of the concert will give a recital including a selection of Turkish classical music songs, which will be followed in the second half by Alnar's concerto. The concert will end with a popular classical piece, "Nihavend Longa", composed by violinist (kemanî) Kevser Hanım (1887).

Tahir Aydoğdu performing Alnar’s Concerto for Kanun and Strings with Bilkent Symphony Orchestra (2009).

Part 1
Kanun Recital
Tahir Aydoğdu, kanun
Hülya Aydoğdu, soloist

Part 2
Concerto for Kanun and Strings - Hasan Ferid Alnar

Nihavend Longa - Kevser Hanım


Tahir AydogduBorn in İstanbul in 1959 , Tahir Aydoğdu graduated from Physics Department of the Middle East Technical University in Ankara (METU). He began his music studies while in high school. He received his first formal music training from his father Gültekin Aydoğdu, who is a kanun player at TRT Ankara Radio, and conductor of the Turkish Fasıl Ensemble. Later on, Tahir Aydoğdu continued to study music with distinguished musicians experts in Turkish music. Following his graduation from METU in 1983, he was appointed to the TRT Ankara Radio Turkish Music Ensemble as a kanun player. In addition to the concerts he gave in Turkey, he also performed in many significant musical venues in the U.S. and Asia, playing with renowned musicians and ensembles, including the "Modern Folk Trio" (Modern Folk Uclusu), with whom he worked for 8 years. He also played in many concerts with the jazz ensemble, "AsiaMinor", whose musical goal was to bring together Turkish Music and Jazz. In addition to his worldwide performances, Tahir Aydoğdu also has given presentations in numerous international workshops, seminars, and festivals about "kanun" in particular, and Turkish music in general.

One of the highest honors Aydoğdu has received was the appreciation prize presented to him, as a musician and as a successful graduate of the university, by the Council of the M.E.T.U. in Ankara on May 25th, 2001. In May 2006 he received another important prize, this time from the National Olympic Committee, in recognition of his efforts to promote Turkish music and Turkish culture through radio programs which he had made for TRT Radyo 4. He has also contributed to the education of many students through his lectures and workshops at the Shool of Music and Fine Arts of the METU and Gazi University. Over the years, he has also directed many Turkish Classical Music Choirs.

Tahir Aydoğdu has been playing Ferid Alnar’s “Concerto for Kanun and the Strings” (1906-1978) since 1997 with different string orchestras and string quintets, in Turkey and abroad.

A member of the World Simbalom Association based in Budapest , Aydoğdu is an active kanun player at TRT Ankara Radio. His solo album “Hasret” was produced by “Kalan Music” in İstanbul in July 2004. He has produced 29 CD’s with different musicians and groups up to now, at home and abroad.His Kanun Method Book (published by Yurt Renkleri, Ankara,October 2004) teaches not only how to play the kanun, but also on how to build and repair.

HASAN FERİD ALNAR, composer (1906-1978)

Hasan Ferid AlnarHasan Ferid Alnar is one of the “Five Pioneers” of classical music in Turkey (Türk Beşleri) together with Ahmet Adnan Saygun, Ulvi Cemal Erkin, Cemal Reşit Rey, and Necil Kâzım Akses. He is well known with his efforts for harmonization of classical Turkish music elements and the techniques of classical music.

Hasan Ferid Alnar was first recognized as a performer of  kanun when he was only 12 years old. He studied kanun at Istanbul Conservatory, and began to compose music at the age of 16. In 1927 he began Hasan Ferid Alnarstudying at Vienna State Academy of Music and Visual Arts. Later he returned to Turkey and in 1932 he began teaching history of music at Istanbul Conservatory, as well as Turkish classical music. In 1936, he became assistant conductor of the Presidential Symphony Orchestra in Ankara. He also lived in Austria and Germany where he conducted various orchestras. In 1952 he had to give up conducting due to his illness. One of his most favorite works, "Prelude and Two Dances", contains folkloric themes and is internationally acclaimed. Alnar’s "Concerto for Kanun and Strings" is the first composition ever in which a traditional Turkish instrument is accompanied by an orchestra of western classical music.

In addition to his compositions of Turkish classical music, such as 10 Saz Semaisi, Bayâti Araban Peşrev, Segâh Peşrev, Alnar's works also include Romantic Overture for Orchestra, Turkish Suite, Istanbul Suite, Trio Fantasy, Three Folk Songs for soprano and orchestra, and concertos for cello, kanun and strings.


Photo credits: Ümran Akdağcık and Uğur Gürpınar

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