Within the framework of the 19th North Cyprus International Music Festival
By Heidi Trautmann
It was a beautiful evening
and it was mere joy to walk up the street between the old Bellapais houses
nicely decorated, with its people sitting in the doorway and watching the music
lovers rush by, with some shops still
open, perhaps the passers-by would like to have a shave or haircut? Or buy a
painted roof shingle? There is a special charm I never forget to inhale. The
last concert of Shifa and Yilmaz Taner’s 19th Music Festival; I had
interviewed Yilmaz on the occasion of the 9th, he was then still
Presidential Art Advisor, and I think it is only fair and high time that we
thank them again for their endless efforts to keep this institution going.
Please find my interview here:
Also Ilker and Rezzan Nevzat
were at the entrance of the hall to distribute the programmes, always in the
service of music and art.
The last evening was fully
booked out and I am sure that most of the guests are sincere fans of Laden Ince,
this young woman with her wonderful soprano.
Laden’s parents who were
sitting next to us at the concert told me that Laden and Atakan had rehearsed for
many days and endless hours for this concert. I think they work very well
together; Atakan Sari is a perfect accompanist for Laden, he is humble in his
play and very attentive; not once during the following two hours he was taking
the lead except for the solo pieces he played, Mozart and Chopin, he played
them softly and tenderly, what seems to be his character, at least in my
In order to understand Laden
Ince’s work, you need to learn about her life, the way she started and what she
has in mind for the future. Read my interview with her, I did two years ago.
Her voice is clear and pure, it has matured since I
last saw and heard her and that was together with the Chamber Orchestra
Capriccio Fredricana in Bellapais where I heard her sing Bach for the first
time and we were witness to a new side of her, she sang Bach beautifully; that
was also the impression of the leader of the orchestra, so she was invited to
show her voice with them for concerts in Strassbourg, Karlsruhe and Stuttgart.
This experience with those musicians has influenced her understanding of music,
I think, because in this last concert we could hear the result of this
experience; a kind of understanding for the tenderness of the pieces she sang, by
Mozart Vivaldi, Donizetti, Bellini and Offenbach.
We are very proud of her.
In the last part of my interview she said:
“I plan to come back to
Cyprus, this is my home country and I want to meet the audience in North Cyprus
more often. My deep wish and dream, however, is to go on tour around the world
with the order to represent my country, the TRNC, and also to include some
Cypriot music in my programme. That is the task I have set for myself to use my
music and voice to communicate with the people of the world.
We will help you, Laden, do
your part and keep singing and we do ours and keep supporting you with our
trust and love.
The Bellapais painting is by Anne Hughes