Şefika Kutluer, Flute – David Wright, Harpsichord
J.S.Bach – Sonata E flat BWV 1031
Allegro moderato – Siciliano – Allegro
J.S.Bach – Sonata B minor BWV 1030
Andante – Largo e dolce – Presto/Allegro
C.W. Gluck- Dance of the Blessed Spirits
J. S. Bach – Air from Suite N.3 D Major
J. Ungar – Ashokan Farewell
T. Albinoni – Adagio
J.S.Bach- Sonata G minor BWV 1020
Allegro – Adagio – Allegro
Born: March 21, 1985 – Bethnal Green, East End of London, England
The English harpsichordist, David Wright received no musical training as a child and taught himself to play ‘by ear’.
It wasn’t until he was 16 that he had his first piano lesson and learned to read music, later going on to study harpsichord, organ, and viola da gamba as an undergraduate at Trinity College of Music, where he won the Ella Kidney prize for early music.
He graduated with distinction from the Royal College of Music in 2003 where for two consecutive years he won the Richard the Third and Century Fund Prizes.
In the same year he also won first prize in the prestigious Broadwood Harpsichord Competition – an international event held biannually at London’s Fenton House, home of the historic Benton Fletcher collection of early keyboard instruments, where he subsequently became artist in residence.
As a soloist and accompanist David Wright works regularly with some of the world’s leading ensembles and musicians. He has directed concerts from the harpsichord including the first modern performance of Thomas Arne’s ballad opera The Blind Beggar of Bethnal Green.
He is engaged regularly amongst the artists at Dartington International Summer School and as repetitieur with the English Touring Opera and The English Bach Festival, with whom he has been assistant musical director for several operas.
David’s radio and television broadcasts include performances as a finalist in the York Early Music Competition and soloist at the Handel House Museum London (both for BBC Radio3) and more recently a recital as part of the Belfast Music Festival, broadcast on BBC Northern Ireland.
As a continuo player and soloist he performs regularly with the London Concertante, who tour extensively worldwide.
Just recently, he was assistant musical director to Jean-Claude Malgoire in a production of Rameau’s Platée at the Megaron in Athens with the English Bach Festival, with whom he will be performing Monteverdi’s L’Orfeo in the New Year.
During 2006 and 2007, much of David Wright’s time has been devoted to J.S. Bach’s Goldberg Variations (BWV 988), which he has performed extensively though out the UK and abroad.
He has recorded CD’s and he accompanied Sefika Kutluer at her UK tour in the beginning of 2013 and he has joined the 4th International Sefika Kutluer Festival “East Meets West”, in 2013.
Sefika Kutluer has studied at Ankara State Conservatory and graduated with honors and awards in 1979. She achieved her soloist career in Vienna and Rome.
She taught at the Ankara Conservatory for several years.
She won the 3rd prize and next year the 1st prize in “ International Flute Contest “ in Vienna.
She received the 2000 Inter-Lyra prize from the ‘Hungarian Foundation for Performing Arts’
After winning several international competitions and launching her truly international career as a soloist, she was awarded the presidential Medal in Turkey, in 1985, the highest honor that country bestows on an individual, and in 1998 she became a “State Artist”. She has been decorated with “Cavaliere dell’Ordine della Stella della Solidarieta’ Italiana”- State Medal – by the President of Italy and with “Austrian Gold Medal of Merit” by the President of Austria. She has recently been appointed as the “Goodwill Ambassador of Unicef”.
She has performed several concert tours, joined many International Music Festivals and gave master-classes in innumerable countries in 5 continents and received very favorable reviews. She has performed concerts at the Palais des Nations in Geneva on the occasion of the 60th Anniversary of the United Nations Organization, at the Palace of Spain in the presence of the King and the Queen and in Tokyo under the auspices of Prince Mikasa.
Sefika Kutluer, known as the “Magic Flute” in the world music scene, has performed on various international TV and radio channels. She made concert tours and CD recordings with several famous conductors and orchestra’s including; Zubin Mehta, Sir Charles Mackerras, Peter Breiner & British Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Berlin Philharmonic, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Tokyo Symphony Orchestra, Northern Symphony Orchestra, European Union Chamber Orchestra, Lithuanian Philharmonic, Virtuosi Di Praga, Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra, Zagreb Soloists, City of London Sinfonia, Festival Strings Lucerne, Kremlin Chamber Orchestra and St.Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra.
Ian Anderson composed a piece titled “Sefika’s Tango”,specially for her, and she made a concert tour with Jethro Tull playing this piece, as well.
Made concerts with Claude Bolling dedicated to Jean Pierre Rampal.
Sefika Kutluer has a large repertoire extending from the Baroque period to the Romantic period and from mystical music to cross-over works from the East and West and has released 16 albums recorded with orchestra, piano and guitar accompaniment. Her albums are released by Pan Classical, Sony Classical, Naxos and Gallo International. Her CD’s are distributed all around the world and her discography receives the reviewer’s and music-lovers’ great appraisal. Sony has awarded her Carmen Fantasy CD, which includes all French repertoire, with a “GOLDEN CD PRIZE”. Her “Bach Sonatas” CD has been chosen as one of the best CDs of the year by the reviewers of the American Record Guide. She also received “GALLO GOLDEN CD COLLECTION” award from Gallo International, based in Switzerland. For her exemplary efforts to classical music Gallo has awarded her the honor of having all her albums designated as “Golden Edition” issues.
She has started an international festival in Ankara, which will continue every year during the same period. “The first 3 International Şefika Kutluer Festivals – East Meets West” ( www.sefikakutluerfest.com ) were organized in 2010, 2011 and 2012. The 4th one is organized in September-October 2013.
She is a flute soloist of the İzmir State Symphony Orchestra.
European Union Chamber Orchestra has announced her as their permanent soloist.
Sincere Thanks to;
T.R. Ministry of Culture & Tourism for providing the venue.