Önder Baloglu

Born in 1988 in Adana/Turkey, Önder Baloglu started his musical career with violin lessons from Ferhang Huseynov and has been continuing his studies at the Folkwang Art University in Essen, Germany under Nana Jashvili, Pieter Daniel and Andreas Reiner, as well as having had the chance to work with renowned musicians such as Vadim Guzman, Gordan Nikolic, Ivry Gitlis and Patricia Kopatchinskaja. He performed as a soloist with most of the Turkish Orchestras, and abroad he performed with the Folkwang Symphony, the Koblenz Rheinische State Philharmonic Orchestra, the Bochum Symphonic, the Duisburg Philharmonic and the Ensemble Folkwang Modern. He was also featured on broadcasts by the Turkish TRT and the German ZDF and WDR3.

In addition to his solo appearances, he moved his passion for chamber music into a different aspect by conducting orchestras from concertmaster position such as Bilkent Symphony in Ankara, Württembergisches Kammerorchester Heilbronn, Duisburg Philharmonic or his own „Les Essences“. Önder plays in a number of chamber ensembles; Duo BalKan, Quart.essence, Ensemble Turquoise and others throughout Europe and in Turkey at venues and organisations such as the Philharmonie Essen, Tonhalle Düsseldorf, Konzerthaus Berlin, the Istanbul-Essen European Cultural Capitals events, Young Euro Classic Festival in Berlin, Musiquem Lleida International Music Festival in Spain, Festival "NOW!" in Essen, the Duisburger Akzente Festival, Klasik Keyifler International Music Festival in Cappadocia/Turkey, Kuhmo Chamber Festival in Finland. Since 2015, Önder has been the artistic director of the chamber music festival „Klassisch.Unterirdisch. - das Underground-Festival der Klassik“ which he began at the Katakomben Theater in Essen. 

While pursuing his studies focusing on his solo and chamber music career at Folkwang UdK Essen, Baloglu won the concertmaster position at the Duisburger Philharmoniker and Deutsche Oper am Rhein Düsseldorf-Duisburg at the age of 24. Along with the Duisburger, he became concertmaster at various Turkish, German and international orchestras, and performed as a member of the KlangVerwaltung Munich Orchestra in some of Germany’s most prestigious concert halls and in many countries such as Turkey, Austria, Switzerland, USA, Canada, France, China, India, Korea, Russia, Argentina, Brasil and Peru. Önder Baloglu holds a teaching position at the Folkwang University of Arts in Essen and performs on a violin by Rafaelle & Antonio Gagliano of Napoli from 1850.

“… he was playing with such a breath-taking brilliance…”Augsburger Allgemeine and Neu-Ulmer Zeitung, 

“… Önder Baloglu was charming the audience… He is a remarkable talent.” Augsburger Allgemeine

“Violinist Önder Baloglu is a promising talent, his clear Glissandi, the accurateness of his higher notes are moving. If there was the term ‘belcanto’ for the violin, Baloglu had earn it…” Augsburger Allgemeine