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Conductors

Amaury du Closel Conductor

Born in 1956, conductor/composer Amaury du Closel studied composition with Max Deutsch, himself a pupil of Arnold Schoenberg, and conducting with Alexandre Myrat, Karl Oesterreicher and Sir Charles Mackerras. He also attended master-classes with Pierre Boulez and Vladimir Delman. Amaury du Closel collaborated with numerous orchestras in London, Warsaw (Polish Radio and Television of Warsaw), Festival de Menton (Sinfonia Varsovia), Suwon (Korea), La Kamerata (Greece), Qatar, and is currently guest conductor of several orchestras in Italy, Germany, Romania - a.o. the Enesco Philharmony, the Romanian Radio orchestras and the Tirgu-Mures and the Iasi State Philharmonic Orchestras -, Bulgaria - Sofia Philharmonic Orchestra and Varna State Opera -. In 2002, he was appointed permanent foreign guest conductor of the Romanian Radio National and Chamber Orchestras and permanent conductor of the Târgu-Mures State Philharmonic Orchestra in Romania.

Sakpinar Ender Conductor

Studied at Ankara State Conservatory and in Paris, graduating from Ecole Normale de Musique de Paris and at Rueil-Malmaison State Conservatory under direction of professor P. Dervaux and professor G. Devos. During his assistency in the Pasdeloup Symphony Orchestra in Paris, he founded the Ensemble International de Paris, sponsored by the French Ministry of Culture and Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Ender Sakpinar was invited to perform with this orchestra at the inauguration of the Omaggio Venezia festival in Venice and to numerous other concerts and festivals in France, Italy, Sweden, Malta and Turkey.

Hakan Sensoy Conductor

Maestro Hakan Şensoy was born in Istanbul in 1968. He started his musical education at the Istanbul Technical University Traditional Turkish Music Conservatory in 1977 and graduated in 1988. Since 1984, he has performed many recitals and orchestral performances both in Turkey and abroad: England, Sweden, the United States, Italy, Mexico, Bulgaria, Romania, Poland, the Czech Republic, France, Estonia and Cyprus. In 1985, Şensoy was awarded the Most Successful Young Artist of the Year Award by the Istanbul Philharmonic Society, and the Great Performance in Art award by the rector of Istanbul Technical University. In 1988, Şensoy gave a recital at the Istanbul Atatürk Cultural Center to UNESCO representatives.

Yuriy Yanko Conductor

Director - Chief Conductor of the Kharkov Philharmonic, Honored Artist of Ukraine, the winner of the International competition named by Vakhtang Jordania. The works of maestro Yanko is characterized by high culture of performance, knowledge of musical styles and national schools. Crisp and clear gesture, emotional, dramatic and demanding to work with the orchestra - all that created a reputation as one of the best conductors of Ukraine. He graduated as a conductor-choirmaster Kharkov Special Music School (1980), Kharkov State University Art named by I.Kotlyarevsky (1985), as a opera and symphony conductor - National Music Academy named by P.Tchaikovsky (1991).The conductor of Academic Symphony Orchestra of Zaporozhye Philharmonic (1991-1994), artistic director and conductor of chamber orchestra of Kharkov Specialized Secondary Music Boarding School (1999-2004). Since 1994 – the conductor of Kharkov Academic Opera and Ballet named by M. Lysenko.