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Borusan Istanbul Philharmonic Orchestra

The history of the Borusan Istanbul Philharmonic Orchestra (BIPO) starts with the Borusan Chamber Orchestra, one of the first ventures in the field of culture and the arts by Borusan Holding, a leading industrial conglomerate in Turkey. In time the chamber orchestra was transformed into one of the country’s best symphonic ensembles under its former artistic director and principal conductor Gürer Aykal. Performing under its current artistic director and principal conductor Sascha Goetzel since 2009, today BIPO has become a prominent element of Istanbul’s cultural scene.

Since its first season 2000/1 BIPO has regularly given concerts in Istanbul, was invited to Istanbul, Eskişehir, Ankara, Ruse Music Festivals and BBC Proms and appeared at special events at Megaron Hall, Athens and Palais de Bozar, Brussels. BIPO became the resident orchestra of the International Istanbul Music Festival in 2003. Since then, they have officially opened the festival every year with concerts at Hagia Eirene, also accompanying top soloists throughout the festival. Enjoying the privilege of giving world premieres of major Turkish and international works at the festival, BIPO is also the resident orchestra of the International Leyla Gencer Voice Competition.

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