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Young Turkish pianists win international music competition

Anadolu Agency LIFE
Published April 12,2021

Two young Turkish pianists have come first in their respective categories at the third International Online "Rezonante Sonore Festival" of Romania, a Turkish university announced on Monday.

Attending Yaşar University's online music academy during the novel coronavirus pandemic, 11-year-old Nisan Öksüz and 10-year-old Irfan Karakılıç won the competition in their categories, according to the university.

The competition was held online on April 8-10 among a total of 120 competitors of different ages from Turkey, Romania, Portugal, Spain, France, Hungary and Moldova.

Nisan captivated listeners with the works of Czerny and Debussy, while Irfan played stunning renditions of J. S. Bach and Schubert. Competitors submitted prerecorded videos of their performances in the contest.

The international jury members gave first prize to Nisan in the A3 age group and to Irfan in A2.