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Hezarfen Ensemble

Every concert by Hezarfen Ensemble is an adventure. Internationally recognized for its performances of contemporary music, it is above all the energy and vitality of this Istanbul-based group which has brought Hezarfen increasingly widespread recognition as the ensemble enters its sixth season. With signature projects ranging from trio (Turkish Trios in Trieste and Word and Sound) to interdisciplinary chamber opera (The Sea-Crossed Fisherman and Say I am You) and Music of Displacement, the impact of Hezarfen on music in Turkey has been profound, changing the face of contemporary music in its home country, while the infectious energy of its performances has brought acclaim for the ensemble in its appearances at festivals across Europe. Key performances abroad have included MärzMusik (Berlin, 2013), Rotterdam Operadagen (2012), Klangzeit Festival Münster (2013), Essen Cultural Capital (2010), GHI, Rome (2016) and at the Trieste Prima festival (2015). At home, Hezarfen regularly appears at Istanbul Music Festival (2011, 2012, 2016), Borusan Music House (2010-2016), Akbank Sanat (2011), Bogaziçi University (2013), Bilkent New Music Days (2011/15) Institut Francais (2011), Saygun Centre Izmir (2012), Koç University (2015) and in collaborations with Goethe Institute (2011-16), Italian, Netherlands and Austrian Cultural Centres (2017, 2012 and 2016-17).