VDay Benefit and Piano Recital by International Classical Pianist Emir Gamsizoglu

0 comments Article, Apr 24, 2012
(By Emir Gamsizoglu)

A Piano Recital by the Internationally Recognized Classical Pianist/Composer Emir Gamsizoglu in a Gothic Church, the 4thU Society on Central Park West.

Right after producing two successful performances of Eve Ensler's award winning play The Vagina Monologues, 4thU V-Day is getting ready for the next fundraising event, a piano recital by the internationally acclaimed pianist Emir Gamsızoğlu at 4th Universalist Society on Manhattan’s Upper West Side. The concert will be performed on Saturday, April 28th at 7.30 pm.

As a pianist who started to play the piano after the age of 20, Emir Gamsizoglu has quite a unique approach to the music. “I used to be a basketball player” he says while checking the NBA playoff calendar. After a serious injury during a game, Gamsızoğlu started to practice Chopin's Waltz in C Sharp Minor. He learned it from his mother who is a ballet teacher in Istanbul. He got his BA in Piano in İstanbul State Concervatory and moved to Paris to study with pianist/composer Huseyin Sermet.

“When I came to the United States my childhood and teenage dreams as a basketball player were stirred up. Before getting an apartment in NYC I bought a basketball.  Whenever I have time from practicing piano, teaching and traveling for concerts, I hoop.”

In Turkey, Emir is well-known with his articles in the classical music magazine Andante and the kids' show he is performing with the famous Turkish actor Memet Ali Alabora.  He often plays recitals as well as Chamber Music with not only his own piano trio, Istanbul Trio, but also with well-known musicians such as Chen Halevi, Marina Chiche, Natalie Clein and ensembles such as Belcea Quartet. As a composer Gamsizoglu has been recognized recently specially with his fugues and virtuoso variations on famous Turkish tunes and his Lieder (art songs) on celebrated Turkish poet Cahit Sıtkı Tarancı's poems. Gamsizoglu is getting prepared to record his Lieder with the amazing Turkish bass opera singer Burak Bilgili.

Fourth U V-Day invites you to this beautiful musical night at the gothic church on Central Park West. 10% of the funds raised will go to V-Day's efforts in Haiti and 90% will benefit our local beneficiaries; Men Can Stop Rape and Center Against Domestic Violence.

Tickets are $20 and $15 students/seniors available at the door.

4th U Society 160 Central Park West, corner of 76th street. The church is accessible to persons with disabilities.


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