December 2, 2023


By Heidi Trautmann …. ….

Music for the stricken. Music is not only entertainment for the audience, music is there to console, to remember good and bad times, and on June 26th, we were at a concert that was given to help one young man, Eser Kücük, to overcome a critical health situation.

Rüya Taner, our internationally renowned concert pianist, in cooperation with her entire family, also with the help and support of many institutions and companies had donated a concert for Eser and his family to help to carry the immense costs. During the interval we were shown a video clip where Eser Kücük tried with few words to send his greetings of gratitude directly from his hospital bed in Istanbul, to where he had been transferred. Very moving moments for all of us.

We heard a musical programme of the finest pieces by Robert Schumann, Felix Mendelssohn, Frédéric Chopin, Claude Debussy, and Rüya Taner piano arrangements of Turkish pieces, then by Fazil Say and Zoltán Kodaly.

Rüya Taner plays the piano with deep emotion, she conducts a conversation with the instrument, there is a dialogue held which I can clearly follow.

Following are 2 video recordings of Ruya Taner recitals – the first one recorded by the late Hakan Çakmak.

or this one :



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