İdil Biret plays for the Women Stars of Tomorrow

Turkey's first "child prodigy" İdil Biret is on stage to support the Women Stars of Tomorrow project.


Istanbul Music Festival’s new project supports 14 young women musicians in its first year. Awarded musicians will benefit from the fund in order to study abroad, to join masterclasses, to enter competitions or auditions or to access to a top notch instrument.

Turkey's first "child prodigy" İdil Biret is also on stage to support the Women Stars of Tomorrow project in its first year. 



Sergei Rachmaninov
Variations on a Corelli Theme, op. 42

The Variations on a theme of Corelli were completed in June 1931, during one of Rachmaninov’s European summer breaks. For this, the only work for solo piano he composed after leaving Russia in 1917, he chose the old dance melody known as ‘La Folia’—not actually composed by Corelli, but used by him in his Violin Sonata No 12. Apart from most likely prompting the Sonata revision, the 'Corelli Variations' seem to have been a catalyst for his next new work, the Rhapsody on a theme of Paganini for piano and orchestra. Not only is the Rhapsody also in the form of variations, but there are several clear premonitions of its ideas in the Corelli set.

Not entirely convinced of the success of the 'Corelli Variations', Rachmaninov generally omitted some of the twenty variations in performance. In three instances (Nos 11, 12 and 19) he even allowed that option in the score. He explained himself drily in a letter to Medtner of 21 December 1931: ‘I was guided by the coughing of the audience. Whenever the coughing increased, I would skip the next variation. Whenever there was no coughing, I would play them in proper order.’ In fact the design works perfectly well without such surgery, the variations grouping themselves into a quasi-four-movement sonata, in which the ‘slow movement’ begins in the major mode after a cadenza-like ‘Intermezzo’.



Marcel Grandjany
Rhapsody for Harp

Claude Debussy
Danse sacrée et danse profane

Francis Poulenc
Sonata for Piano and Oboe, FP 185

Sergei Rachmaninov
Variations on a Corelli Theme, op. 42

Johannes Brahms
Piano Quartet No.1, op.25


  • Location: Boğaziçi University, Albert Long Hall, Istanbul
  • Broadcast date: Monday, May 28, 2018
  • Production: 2018
  • Duration: 19 min 14 sec



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