Women Stars of Tomorrow: Güneş Hızlılar

Women Stars of Tomorrow awarded by the Young Women Musicians Support Fund are on stage! Meet harpist Güneş Hızlılar...


The 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. 



Marcel Grandjany

Rhapsody for Harp

The Rhapsodie marked Grandjany’s debut as a composer of solo works of symphonic conception. Its intended use was as a recital opener to “impose the harp,” as his teacher Renié, to whom the work is dedicated, had advocated. The theme of the Rhapsodie is based on a Gregorian chant (Salve Festa Dies) which is sung at the conclusion of the Easter Vigil for the newly baptized. To a devout Roman Catholic, this melody has enormous emotional significance – it is Grandjany’s love song to his Mother Church, but as with all of his compositions, it transcends traditional music for the harp and reaches, through its large design, emotional input, and appropriate technical challenges, another plane rarely visited in our repertoire.

Claude Debussy

Danse sacrée et danse profane

In 1894 Gustave Lyon had invented a chromatic harp which, by virtue of an extra set of strings, removed the need for the pedals found on the conventional instrument. The Paris firm of Pleyel, with the intention of popularizing it, commissioned Debussy, amongst others, to compose something for the chromatic harp. The two Danses, for harp and string orchestra, were composed in 1904 and were dedicated to the instrument’s inventor. It would seem that Debussy (or perhaps his publishers) had little faith in this new invention, for the score indicates that the solo part in these dances can also be played on the pedal harp (as they usually are) or on the piano. The reduction for two pianos, which also dates from 1904, was made by Debussy himself.



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 40 sec



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