June 8, 2023

By Roland Eyerich ….

On December 25th there was the premiere of a classical concert at “The Soulist” Coffee and Music House in Alsancak. This was an experiment, having not tried this type of performance previously, and it was a complete success with a full house.

l-r Roland Eyerich, Atakan Sari, Ahmet Zeyin, Alper Cengiz

The organisers – Roland Eyerich and Alper Cengiz (The Soulist) succeeded in signing two top-class musicians for this evening. Baritone Ahmet Zeyin and pianist Atakan Sari. The two musicians played in front of a sold-out house. Unusually this special atmosphere was for the first-time in the “small music hall” of Alsancak. It was like magic that the classic duo Ahmet and Atakan gave to the audience. The selected program was classical arias, arias antique and Neapolitan songs.

Several times there were calls of “Bravissimo” and “Bravo”. It was a magical evening that surrounded the listeners and musicians alike. Whether Caldara, Gluck, Montverdi, Scarlatti, Donizetti, Mozart or Handel (just to name a few). The wonderful baritone voice of Ahmet Zeyin with Atakan Sari on the piano, laid the foundation stone for this great performance.

The highlight of the evening was the second set from Figaro’s wedding, the aria “Hai gia vinta la causa“, that ended with a grand finale and the “Neapolitan song O Sole Mio” by Eduardo Di Capua concluded this successful evening.

The audience wanted even more and so there was the popular Turkish-Cypriot folk song “Al yemini mor yemini”  by Kamran Aziz.  (*1922 – 2017, Turkish-Cypriot musician, who co-wrote Turkish Cypriot folk music with her songs)

A great performance with a great audience on a very special evening.

About the performers :

Ahmet Zeyin has worked with world-renowned professors from leading universities in opera history. Ahmet successfully completed the Masterclass Program of the Robert Schumann Conservatory of the University of Düsseldorf Prof. Helge Dorsch in Germany.

He also successfully completed the masterclass program of the Music Academy in Wrocław or Breslau in Poland under the direction of the Opera Department, Prof. Ewa Czermak.

Atakan Sari is a sought-after chamber musician and pianist, has released his own Beethoven CD. 2004 one of the highlights when he performed in the Tchaikovsky Hall in Moscow. In 2005, he won the Young Concert Artists competition and made his New York debut at Carnegie Hall. He is at the faculty of NEU – Near East University (Lefkosa)

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