Full House in Bellapais on 12 October 2014
of work, lessons and exercises for hours, again and again to repeat a passage that
does not come right yet, tears of despair, no time for friends, that is the
normal day of a piano student…..but then comes the moment when they have to
prove, when the budding musicians have to prove that all of it was worth it. Now,
they still have their teacher at their side to encourage them when it means: Go
on stage, it is your turn!
were the words I said when I announced the concert and I think it is legitimate
to repeat them because they are valid the more when you have seen the students
enter onto the stage one by one, starting with the youngest one Suna Alsançak, who
just had won a first prize in her age group in Bulgaria. When you watched her
and her small hands dance over the keys, her head held high proudly, the
self-assuredness and earnestness she showed when she bowed to the audience…
others were Azra Say Ötün, Sonya Ben, Nursel Hançer, Helin Hersek, Gökçen
Mertoğlu, Ilke Aslım, Batu Özgün, Onur Zaifoğlu, Yaroslaw Kwiatkowski, Miriam Marancos,
Ipek Zorba, Erol Emmioğlu, Emine Husren.
the first part of the concert the less experienced with shorter tuition time
with Rauf Kasimov, some new faces I have seen for the first time, but OH all
showed the deep respect for music and how well they have practiced. It is so
important to start at young age when your mind and heart can still be formed in
the hands of an expert. There is an old saying in the German language: ‘Was
Hänschen nicht lernt, lernt Hans nimmermehr’, meaning ‘A tree must be bent
while it is young’. Music tuition forms
the character because the young person must learn discipline and these kids who
continue for years throughout their childhood for the love of music have my
is one of the reasons the Cyprus Piano Recitals given by the Rauf Kasimov equip
have won a fan audience. The house was full. Serdar Denktaş, the Minister of
Tourism, Economy, Education, Culture and Sports came to attend the concert, but
left before the second part started. What a pity!
the second part of the concert we heard the advanced students, students we have
been following up for years now, on the threshold of adulthood; Ipek Zorba said
with pride that she will study medicine besides the piano, Miriam Marancos aims
to study acting and Erol Emmioglu will finally go to the Conservatoire in the
coming year. I had not the chance to talk to the others but there is some
serious talent among them all.
congratulated and thanked Rauf Kasimov after the concert when he gave me his
cold hand, utter exhaustion in his face; he has shared the high concentration and
tension with his students. The concert was well organised thanks to the support
by the students’ parents and friends of the cause.
best wishes go with them, the Rauf Kasimov Equip.