100 Years of Turkish Republic Concert: World Premiere of Yalçın Tura’s Piano Concerto

This October marks the centenary of the Republic of Türkiye. The momentous occasion will be marked by numerous festivities across the world and London is no exception!

In an event celebrating the past and the future, 100 Years of Turkish Republic Concert & World Premiere of Yalçın Tura’s Piano Concerto will be taking place at the Royal College of Music, Amaryllis Fleming Concert Hall on the 28th of October 2023 at 7:30 PM under the organisation of the Yunus Emre Institute London with the support of the Turkish Embassy in London.

To commemorate a century since the declaration of the Republic of Türkiye, this celebratory concert will showcase the world premiere of the distinguished Turkish composer Yalçın Tura’s latest piano concerto, making it the highlight of the evening. Guiding us through this musical journey in collaboration with the prestigious London Chamber Orchestra will be Tura’s son, the outstanding composer and Principal Conductor of the Istanbul State Symphony Orchestra, Hasan Niyazi Tura. The concert’s centrepiece, a magnificent piano concerto, will feature the pianist Pınar Çelik Warsi, who will perform alongside the renowned London Chamber Orchestra.

Yalçın Tura stands as a luminary among contemporary Turkish music composers. Tura’s musical journey includes film and stage compositions as well as teaching at the prestigious State Turkish Music Conservatory within Istanbul Technical University and publications on the Turkish music. His latest of many contributions to the world of music will be premiered for the first time during 100 Years of Turkish Republic Concert. The concert’s conductor will be none other than Tura’s son, Hasan Niyazi Tura, a composer in his own name. His works include the critically acclaimed “Oratorio for Martyrs”, which brought him recognition and prestigious commissions like the Ballet “Aspendos” (2013) by Turkish State Opera House. Hasan Niyazi Tura will also be conducting a number of his own compositions throughout the evenings.

The program will not only showcase Yalçın Tura’s unique new compositions but also pay homage to Türkiye’s classical musical heritage, seamlessly blending with British classical pieces for a musical celebration of the two nation’s century of friendship. This unmissable concert taking place at the prestigious Amaryllis Fleming Concert Hall at the Royal College of Music will feature exquisite compositions by renowned Turkish composers, including the distinguished Hasan Uçarsu, alongside classical British pieces crafted by Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872-1958), George Butterworth (1885-1916), and Frederick Delius (1862-1934).

This concert promises to be an extraordinary musical experience, uniting the rich traditions of Turkish and British music to celebrate the 100-year anniversary of the Turkish Republic.

  • We recommend you arrive at least 30 minutes before the performance start time to pass through security checks and find your seats.
  • Kindly note that there is an age restriction (11+) to attend this event. Children under 11 will NOT be admitted to the performance.
  • The performance is approximately 2 hours including one interval.Tickets can be purchased here: 

For more information on the event, please visit Yunus Emre Institute London’s Website: https://yeelondon.org.uk/ or email us at londra@yee.org.tr