Violin: Elena Postnova
Violin: Feruza Abdullaeva
Violin: Sema Hakioğlu
Violoncello: Sevinç Aliyeva
At the opening concert of the 13th International Şefika Kutluer Festival, our world-renowned flutist, State Artist Şefika Kutluer, who is known with the title,”Magic Flute” that is given by the New York Times critics, will be accompanied by the Festival Ensemble formed by Uzbek, Azeri and Kazakh artists.
Started in 2010 in Ankara, the “International Şefika Kutluer Festival” expanded to different cities in Anatolia in the following years. There have been colorful performances, exhibitions and presentations from Germany to Russia, China to Mexico, Korea to Greece, Austria to the USA, Portugal to Luxembourg, Khakassia to Slovenia, Serbia to Czechia, Kosovo to Kazakhstan, Switzerland to Montenegro, Poland to Lithuania, England to France, Albania to Israel.
The International Şefika Kutluer Festival was selected 1st in the “Best Festival” category at the “Ace of MICE Awards 2020”, which is considered as the Oscar of the event industry.
Şefika Kutluer, who was born in Ankara, states that she has opened to the world enriched with the values of Anatolia and that she is organizing this festival with the desire to repay her debt to the land where she was born and to contribute to Ankara becoming the capital of culture again.
Şefika Kutluer emphasizes that her duty as a musician is to create bonds of love between communities and countries: “I wanted to take role in an activity that would contribute to this issue by using my artist friends internationally. The fact that Turkey is an important bridge between east and west inspired me. I decided to organize a festival themed “East Meets West” in the capital Ankara.”
Started in 2010 in Ankara, the festival spread to other cities in the following years with concerts in Istanbul, Antalya, Alanya, Tarsus and Cappadocia.
State Artist Şefika Kutluer is the Goodwill Ambassador of Unicef and contributes to many events for children around the world; she is the holder of the “Italian State Medal”, “Austrian State Golden Medal”, “Kazakhstan State Order of Culture” and “Slovak Republic Golden State Medal of Honor”.
We would like to thank the Ministry of Culture and Tourism for the hall allocation.