Keep the date: June 21, 2015 9pm (GMT+2)

Milano Connecting Cultures from Gallerie d'Italia piazza della Scala Milano

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Milano Connecting Cultures

Milano Connecting Cultures is part of the project by ( targeted at promoting tourism in Milan under the patronage of the City of Milan and Milano Loves You.

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The new music network

Although Italy boasts a plethora of ‘art cities’, few people are likely to list Milan as one of them. Known as the capital of fashion, design and business, the city also hosts an unexpected treasure trove of artistic marvels. As well as famed and fabled masterpieces and monuments, Milan is also home to the Duomo, La Scala Opera House, Leonardo’s Last Supper, Castello Sforzesco, imposing Romanesque churches, museums brimming over with priceless artworks as well as the recent introduction of some amazing contemporary architecture.

Piazza della Scala

During Expo 2015 Milano Loves You, a cultural association for the national and international promotion of the city, launches a global-lead event: Milano Connecting Cultures. It involves a concert in the pursuit of the coexistance of different cultures and the spread of music’s universal language among youngsters. The concert, in co-production with iClassical Academy, will take place in the very center of Milan, Piazza della Scala, the founding location a few thousands years ago of the first Celtic encampment that originated in the city.
The location will be set near the “Civil Temple”, represented by Palazzo Marino, seat of Milan’s Municipality, La Scala Theater, the “temple of music”, Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II and the Gallerie d’Italia, one of today’s well-known locations of Milanese culture, built in the places that feature the city’s economic growth. This event will occur under the statue of one of Italy’s most eminent citizens, Leonardo da Vinci. On June 21 2015, this concert will take place here in Milan and will be widespread on the web, as a symbol of peace and progress. While the whole world is meeting in Milan on the occasion of Expo’s biggest event.

Gallerie d'Italia

The Gallerie d’Italia-Piazza Scala are housed in
three historic buildings overlooking Milan’s elegant
via Manzoni, piazza della Scala and via Morone.
Two buildings host masterpieces of 19th century
Italian art from the collections of Fondazione
Cariplo and Intesa Sanpaolo: the opulent Neoclassical
rooms of Palazzo Anguissola and the
19th century Palazzo Brentani. A new section was
recently opened in the Palazzo housing Milan’s
historic Banca Commerciale in Piazza della Scala and
features 20th century masterpieces from the Intesa
Sanpaolo collections.

Open: Tues-Sun 9.30am-7.30pm.
Thurs 9.30am-10.30pm. Closed on Monday.
Full price ticket €10.
Piazza della Scala, 6. T: 800.167619.
M1-M3 Duomo, M3 Montenapoleone.

The Ambassadors

Danielle Akta
From: Israel
Instrument: Cello
Studied at: Raanana Music Center (RMC, Israel)

Outstanding Awards: first prize with special honors at the 2014 Flame International Competition in Paris, first prize at the 2014 Museo International Music Competition in Athens, Greece, first prize at the 2013 Israeli National Cello Competition and first prize at the Spring Music Competitions at Raanana Music Center in 2011 and the Promising Young Musician Excellence Award in 2012.

Notable Performances: performed as soloist with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra (IPO), the Israel Symphony Orchestra (ISO), the Beer Sheva Sinfonietta, the Ashdod Symphony Orchestra, the Kibbutzim chamber and more.  Invited to be honored young outstanding performer at the AICF 75th Gala concert event at Lincoln center NY, hosted by Maestro Itzhak Perlman.  
Danielle is a recipient of the AICF Sharett Scholarships with distinction 2013/14, having received the highest ranking in her category.

Doruk Gorkem Tokur (Ankara, January 18, 1991)
From: Turkey
Instrument: Piano

Studied at: Hacettepe University's Conservatory
Continued His Studies at: Scuola di Musica di Fiesole in Florence, Italy with Andrea Lucchesini.

Outstanding Award: 1st Prize” and “The Best Turkish Piece Performance" at 6th Pera Piano Competition (Istanbul, 2011), 2nd Prize at Concorso Internazionale "Giovani Musicisti" Competition (Treviso, Italy, 2014), 2nd Prize at 21st Concorso Pianistico Nazionale "Giulio Rospigliosi" (Lamporecchio, Italy, 2014), 2nd Prize and “The Best Saygun Performance Award” at 1st International A.A. Saygun Piano Competition (Bodrum, 2012), 3rd Prize at 3rd Young Talents Piano Competition (Eskisehir, 2009) and the Best Turkish Piece Performance and Honorable Mention”at Kamuran Gundemir 1st International Piano Competition (Ankara, 2009).

Doruk Has Worked with Many of the World’s Best Musicians
He worked and continue working with many worldwide notable artists. Some of them include: Gulsin Onay, İdil Biret, Alexander Madzar, Bernd Goetzke, Kemal Gekic, Misha Dacic,  Pamela Mia Paul, Daniel Gortler, Mikola Suk, Markus Thomas.

Elena Kawazu
From: USA/Japan
Instrument: Violin
Studied at: Zakhar Bron Academy
Continued Her Studies at: Juilliard School in New York with Shirley Givens

Outstanding Award: Wieniawski Violin Competition in Lublin, IBLA Grand Prize in Italy, International Competition for Violin Kloster Schontal, the 5th International Luis Spohr Competition in Germany, the Violin Virtuoso Competition in Sofia.  

Notable Performances: Mendelssohn Violin Concerto with the Weimar Staatskapelle, with iPalpiti Chamber Orchestra at the Disney Hall in Los Angeles, Wuhan Philharmonic Orchestra in China, Chamber Orchestra of the Moscow P.I. Tchaikovsky Conservatory in Russia.

Many Media Appearances
Her media coverage includes the BBC Oneʼs documentary called “The Making of Me” with world popular fusion violinist, Vanessa Mae, “The Strad” magazine, The Los Angeles Times, WFMT 98.7 Chicago radioʼs live “Piano Forte Salon Series” and “Introductions” and ABC affiliate, KLTV morning news and many more.

The Concert


From the magnificent Gallerie d'Italia setting, sunday june 21 at 9.00 pm:

Danielle Akta, cello
Natalia Kazaryan, piano

Ben Haim - Spanish Song from Three Songs (3’)
David Popper - Polonaise de Concert (7’)

Elena Kawazu, violin
Natalia Kazaryan, piano

P.I Tchaikovsky - Valse Scherzo Op23. (6’)

Doruk Görkem Tokur, piano

F. Liszt - Mephisto Waltz no.1 (11’)
Ahmed Adnan Saygun - Sonatine op.15 (Turkish Piece, 3’)

Danielle Akta, cello
Elena Kawazu, violin
Doruk Görkem Tokur, piano

Clara Schumann Trio op 17, 1st mov (5’)

Total: 35 minutes

Welcome to

Saint Saens Cello Concerto
Danielle Akta

Chausson Poeme
Elena Kawazu
with Sander Sittig

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