in music or generally… ‘education in art…is preparation for life; it is to
sharpen and develop senses; to be responsible for your acts; to cooperate and
share; become self-confident and proud; to move properly in society, and to
appreciate different cultures and people, it enriches and widens one’s horizon.
As Confucius quotes: ‘We have all the seeds in us, it is up to the gardener to
develop them.’’ This is what I said in my conclusion to a talk (The importance
of art education) I gave recently at METU some weeks ago. I believe in it, I
believe that this way of education should start early in life. I also believe
that the choice of the teacher is just as important in order to take over the
role of the ‘gardener’ as Confucius so well said.
again was the concert at the Bellapais Music Hall, an event under the auspices
of our First Lady, Meral Akinci, sponsored by The Cultural Department and
organized by Cyprus Piano Culture and Art Association. The income of ticket
sales was donated to TULIP, the Cancer Association.
I give you the link to my review on one of Rauf Kasimov’s concerts before, a
concert in 2013, where some of his students of today were already on the stage with
Saturday, March 17, 2018 we could listen to 14 students again, from very young and fresh ones to those who
have had substantial training and experience, with the youngest being 7 years
old and the oldest 20 years. I have
attached the list with their names and date of birth.
was a beautiful concert again. It started with a musical ‘race’ with Gülce,
Nihal, Can, Melay and Kayla together with Rauf Kasimov followed by some musical
pieces written by Rauf Kasimov himself with titles such as Train, Mousy,
Chinese Boy, Elephant and Sparrow, Horse, Bear in Forest….. simple and
beautiful pieces for beginners. Well done!
programme of the evening is attached.
more experienced played pieces well chosen for them. What a pleasure to listen
to them. Some of them have chosen music for their further education and have
already received awards. The evening ended with Suna Alsancak who had started
piano education at the age of five years with Rauf Kasimov, she is now 11 years
old and has been given important awards several times. She wants to become a
lovely reception followed after the concert where we had the chance to speak to
the young artists and to congratulate and encourage them.
your health improve, dear Maestro Rauf,
so that you may continue to take the young musical talents under your