Malta International Music Festival



15 June - 13 July 2022


Istanbul State Symphony Orchestra

Hakan Şensoy(Turkey)

Marc Bouchkovviolin(Belgium)

St Julian’s
Hilton, Grand Masters suite


Born in Istanbul. Hakan Şensoy started his violin training under the supervision of Prof. Ayhan Turan, in "Fast Training Special Violin Unit". Since the first recital he gave in 1984, he has participated in many orchestra concerts as soloist and conductor at the prestigious concert halls (New York Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center – Paris Louvre Auditorium, Milan Sala Verdi) in Italy, Albania, Switzerland, United Kingdom, France, Bulgaria, the United States, Australia, Romania, China, Japan, Finland, Greece, Latvia, Poland, Azerbaijan, Estonia, Netherlands, Singapore, Sweden, England, Croatia, Macedonia, Kosovo, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Germany, Russia, Venezuela, Mexico, Czech Republic, Northern Cyprus and Turkey, and has given recitals. In 1985, he was awarded the "Most Successful Young Artist of the Year" by the Istanbul Philharmonic Society and received the "Outstanding Achievement in Art" award from the hands of ITU Rector in the same year. In September 1988, the recital gave in Istanbul AKM was taken by UNESCO to the scope of Global Education campaign, and in this concert, UNESCO from many countries were present. In the same year, he began his education at the Royal College of Music in London to pursue his post graduate studies. He graduated from Trevor Williams' class here.

In 1992, he won fourth place in the International Rovere D'Oro Chamber Music Competition held in San Bartolomeo, Italy. Since the same year, he has been invited to Bari International Christopher Columbus Festival, International Istanbul, Izmir and Ankara Bodrum D-Marin Turgut Reis and Gümüşlük Music Festivals, CRR Concert Hall Young Soloist Festival, Brasov International Chamber Music Festival and Malmö "Falsterbonasets" International Summer Festival, Sweden Karlskrona International Music Festivals many times as a soloist and conductor. At the 34th International Istanbul Music Festival, he took part in three different concerts as a soloist, concertmaster and conductor and took his place among the rare artists who took part in such an event with three separate disciplines on stage.

He completed his master studies at ITU Institute of Social Sciences in ‪1990-92‬. During the ‪1992-93‬ season, he was the guest concertmaster of the Çukurova State Symphony Orchestra, and he was also the concertmaster of the Cemal Reşit Rey Symphony Orchestra between 2000 – 2003, Akbank Chamber Orchestra between ‪1996 - 2011‬. He is also the founder of the Milli Reasürans Chamber Orchestra, the founder and the General Music Director of Istanbul Chamber Orchestra and the Philharmonia Istanbul.‬ ‬‬‬‬‬

Hakan Şensoy, who participated in many radio and TV programs as producer and commentator, also pays attention to interpreting the works of our national composers. CD recordings of the artist performing the first vocalization of dozens of works, most of which are attributed to himself as a violinist and conductor, are presented with KALAN Music and AFM Records label. Şensoy, who completed his doctoral studies in 2002 at ITU Institute of Social Sciences, continued his performances for a while with State Artist Ayla Erduran, and famous Russian Violinist and Pedagog Victor Pikaisen.

The artist, who received his first conducting lessons from Demirhan Altuğ between 1981 and 1987, later worked with Emin Güven Yaşlıçam and attended Gianluigi Gelmetti's conducting course in Accademia Cicciana di Sienna in the summer of 2003. The artist, who accompanied world-renowned soloists such as Sholomo Mintz, Raphael Walfisch, Fazıl Say, Cihat Aşkın, Ryu Goto, Tedi Papavrami, Peter Jablonsky, Bruno Schneider, Gülsin Onay, Emre Elivar, Keneth Hamilton, Steven Isserlis, Adrian Brendel, Peter Jablonsky and extraordinary soloists and bands such as Terence Blanched Band, Bee Gees Band, Dreamtone & Iris Mavraki's NEVERLAND, George Benson, George Dalaras, Alim Qasimov, Fergana Qasimova as a conductor, performed as a soloist in recitals and took part in orchestra concerts in many countries in a wide range of continents from Australian Continent to Americas.

Şensoy, who was elected as the Music Director of the Chamber Orchestra of Karşıyaka Municipality as of 2015, was invited to conduct.

As the first and only Turkish conductor on the stage at Milan Teatro alla Scala in 237 years, the artist is pointed the General Director of Izmir State Symphony Orchestra since the ‪2018-2019‬ season. Hakan Şensoy is currently a Prof. at ITU Turkish Traditional Music State Conservatory.‬‬



Belgian violinist of Russian heritage, Mr. Bouchkov is a sophisticated musician of impeccable aplomb and has carved an international career performing with leading orchestras and conductors across Europe.  He is one of the most multifaceted and unique artists of the new generation. His orchestral appearances include performances with the Mariinsky Theater Symphony Orchestra and Valery Gergiev, the HR-Sinfonieorchester and Christoph Eschenbach, the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra and Mariss Jansons, the Munich Philharmonic Orchestra and Philippe Jordan. He has also appeared with the NDR-Sinfonieorchester Hamburg, Hessische Rundfunk Orchestra, Tonhalle Orchester Zürich, the Orchestre National de Belgique, the Orchestra Sinfonica Nazionale RAI in Turin, the Stavanger Symphony Orchestra, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra of Liège, the Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra, the Orchestra di Milano Giuseppe Verdi, and the Verbier Festival Chamber Orchestra among others, collaborating with conductors such as Stanislav Kochanovsky, Michael Sanderling, Andrey Boreyko, Nikolaj Szeps-Znaider, Dmitry Liss, Christian Arming, Lionel Bringuier, Maxim Vengerov, James Judd, to name but a few.

As an active recitalist, Mr. Bouchkov has performed in many of the world’s most prestigious concert halls such as Wigmore Hall, Carnegie Hall, Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw, Elbphilharmonie Hamburg, Dresden Frauenkirche, Concert Hall of St. Petersburg, Tonhalle Zürich, Munich’s Prinzregententheater, Paris’ Theatre de la Ville, Maison de Radio France, and the Konzerthaus in Berlin among several other venues. A fine chamber musician, he is a regular guest of the Verbier Festival in Switzerland.

Highlights of Mr. Bouchkov’s 2020/2021 season included appearances with Valery Gergiev and the orchestra of the Mariinsky Theater, Philippe Jordan and the Munich Philharmonic, Nikolaj Szeps-Znaider and the Brussels Philharmonic Orchestra, Stanislav Kochanovsky and the Hessische Rundfunk Orchestra, Gábor Takács-Nagy and the Verbier Festival Orchestra, as well as recitals and concerts at the Elbphilharmonie Hamburg, Konzerthaus in Berlin, and the Schubertiade in Hohenems. After a bunch of very successful concerts at the Verbier Festival 2021 in Switzerland, and in Montenegro and Greece, Mr. Bouchkov performed with pianist Mao Fujita in Latvia, at the Riga Jurmala Music Festival, and in Georgia at the Tsinandali Festival, where he played five different programs including performances with the pianist and conductor Lahav Shani and with cellist Mischa Maisky. In Autumn 2021 he was invited to perform at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam with the Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of Ludovic Morlot, followed immediately after by an invitation to be ‘artist in residence’ of the orchestra in 2022/2023. During the season 2021/2022 he will appear again with the Mariinsky Theater Symphony Orchestra and Valery Gergiev at the Philharmonie de Paris, and with the Orchestra National de Lille, the Belgrade Philharmonic Orchestra, the Orchestre Philharmonique Royal de Liège, Orchestre de l’Opéra National de Lorraine, among others.  

Marc Bouchkov’s first recording by Harmonia Mundi is of special significance since it includes two world première pieces by Eugéne Ysaÿe, and two works composed by himself. The album was awarded a Diapason d’Or and a Diapason Découverte as well as nominated for the ICMA 2018 and received tremendous acclaim on Gramophone reviews. The English magazine featured him as “One to Watch “.

Marc Bouchkov’s artistic development has been marked by a string of international awards. He won the first prize at the Montreal International Violin Competition and he is a silver medallist of the Tchaikovsky International Violin Competition. He received the London Music Masters Award, and recently, he has been honored with the music prize of the Kulturstiftung Dortmund.

Marc Bouchkov was born into a family of violinists. He received his first lessons at the age of five from his grandfather. Studies with Claire Bernard and Boris Garlitsky followed. With Mihaela Martin, Marc developed as a Young Soloist in a postgraduate course at the Kronberg Academy. Since October 2018 he is under the musical tutorship of Eduard Wulfson.

Mr. Bouchkov currently serves as professor on the faculty of the Conservatoire Royale de Liège (BE) and the International Music Academy in Liechtenstein. From 2017 to 2019 he taught at the Kronberg Academy (DE) as Artistic Assistant.

Marc Bouchkov plays a Carlo and Michelangelo Bergonzi violin from 1742-44 as a private loan on behalf of Edwulstrad RMIC Ltd.

Istanbul State Symphony Orchestra

A Brief History of Istanbul State Symphony Orchestra (İstanbul Devlet Senfoni Orkestrası – İDSO) Western Classical Music made its permanent place in Turkish culture in the first half of the 19th century. As a result of the reforms of Sultan Mahmud II, the Imperial Band “Musika-yı Humayun”, was founded and served as the country's most important music institution in Istanbul until the establishment of the Republic in 1923.

After this institution moved to Ankara in 1924 and became the Presidential Symphony Orchestra, the “Istanbul City Orchestra” was founded in 1945 under the leadership of Composer and Conductor Cemal Reşid Rey.

In 1972, the Istanbul City Orchestra was affiliated to the Ministry of Culture and Tourism with a brand-new name, “Istanbul State Symphony Orchestra”.

IDSO performed a rich number of works composed by Turkish Composers home and abroad, besides the Orchestra made successful tours regularly around the globe.

Leading Turkish Conductors such as Naci Özgüç, Erol Erdinç and Ender Sakpınar were amongst who served as Chief Conductor in IDSO.  Since November 2021, Hasan Niyazi Tura, an imminent composer and conductor, appointed as Acting Chief Conductor.


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