- Les essences performs some of the rarities of the baroque repertoire.
Together with the Mozart Society Dortmund and two of their excellent scholarship holders, the Russian cellist Anastasia Kobekina and the Ukrainian trombonist Polina Tarasenko, LES ESSENCES will perform under Önder's direction a concert for peace on June 3, 2022 in Konzerthaus Dortmund, one of the most exquisite halls in Germany. The proceeds from this benefit concert go to the aid organization CARE and to the clinic for child and adolescent medicine in Dortmund, which helps sick children and their families who have fled the Ukraine.
3.6.2022, 20:00, Konzerthaus Dortmund
After its successful concert in CRR Istanbul, Les essences is now presenting this colorful program in North Rhine-Westphalia. The first concert takes place on May 28th in Katakomben-Theater Essen, one of the most important world music stages of NRW. This is no coincidence, as the program shows the first examples of world music ideas of the baroque and classic eras. The second concert will take place on May 29th in Rheinberg at City Hall and for the 3rd concert at the Orchesterzentrum NRW in Dortmund, the students of Orchesterzentrum will be joining Les essences and work intensely in a workshop atmosphere while learning by doing together with Les essences musicians. More details can be found on the Agenda page.
After its cancellations and potsponings due to pandemic several times Önder will finally be performing with Yasar Symphony Orchestra in Izmir.
The program is modified and Önder will be conducting the orchestra while playing the solo part of Mendelssohn's great Violin Concerto. The other half of this concert, Önder will be conducting the orchestra from the concertmaster chair with Mozart's ingenious 40th Symphony.
06.04.2022, 20:00, AASSM Izmir
When on September 12, 1683 the Ottoman army of Grand Vizier Kara Mustafa Pasha was de- feated by an international troop led by the Polish King John III. Sobieski was forced to retreat, the second siege of Vienna by the Turks was successfully repelled. While the Turks had posed a threat to the Austrian metropolis for several centuries, the culture of the Ottoman Empire was fascinating. With a gradual change in the image of the Orient, a reconciliation of the Occident and the Orient was eventually even strived for, because at the latest since the Enlightenment, topics such as tolerance, magnanimity and international understanding have been dealt with. Not only did the “Turkish drink” reach Europe, but the Janissary music as military music of the Ottomans with the generous use of percussion instruments and often also the use of high wind instruments was often imitated.
Les essences will be performing its programme "Battle of the Turks or how Coffee came to Europe" at the renowned CRR Concert Hall on April 15th.
Önder will be leading Johann Sebastian Bach's ingenious Christmas Oratorio through the Christmas and New Year's celebrations of 2021/2022 during the services in different churches of Essen City. Chorwerk Ruhr and its soloists will be joining Önder and his Les essences for this project. Every Cantata will be performed on the day for which Bach had composed these masterworks. The project "With Christmas Oratorio through Essen" is made possible through the ensemble funding of the Ministry of Culture and Science of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia.
25.12.2021 11:00 Bergmannsdom Katernberg
26.12.2021 11:00 Thomaskirche Stoppenberg
27.12.2021 18:30 Alt-Katholische Friedenskirche
01.01.2022 11:00 Bergmannsdom Katernberg
02.01.2022 11:00 Thomaskirche Stoppenberg
06.01.2022 18:30 Evangelische Kirche Essen-Werden
Les essences, the international Chamber Orchestra founded by Önder and based in Essen, is selected for 3-year ensemble funding by the Ministry of Culture and Science of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia. With this financial support Les essences will build up a colourful concert series in Essen, performing all around the city, collaborating with important musicians and institutions.
Besides the Ministery of Culture and Science, Sparkasse Essen is a generous supporter of Les essences as well.
Önder will be leading a very special orchestra for a very special occasion: 60th anniversary of the Turkish Diaspora in Germany. Önder gathers his Turkish-German colleagues, Turkish musicians living or studying in Germany and Turkish musicians who used to study or work in Germany and returned back to Turkey. The program consists of the Farewell Symphony by Haydn, Arrival Symphony by Sperger and two world premieres: "Kopus" by Kemal Cem Yilmaz, a Turkish-German composer who was born in Germany and String Concertante by Cem Esen, a young Turkish composer studying in Germany.
02.11.2021, 20:00, CRR Istanbul
The European Summer Music Academy (ESMA) in Kosovo is a longstanding initiative that brings together professional classical musicians – professors, students, budding artists – from the EU and the Western Balkans. The project is a unique opportunity for young South-East European musicians to study with world-class pedagogues, while also engaging with their Western Balkans peers and making music together.
Önder will be performing the 24 miniatures by 24 Turkish composers composed for Unvoiced Diaries, an isolation project which is designed actually for social media platforms, for the first time at 16th International Music Festival Musiquem Lleida! Önder is a regular guest at Musiquem Lleida! and will be also performing Johann Sebastian Bach's ingenious Sonata for Solo Violin, C Major BWV 1005 in the same concert.
02.10.2021, 19:00, Museu de Lleida
LocksBridge is an international classical artist management agency. Founded in 2019 by 3 partners, all graduates of Bosphorus University, the highest-ranked university of Turkey, LocksBridge’s mission is to establish a firm, effective and yet holistic connection between art & entertainment, especially classical music, industries of Turkey and the rest of the world with an innovative approach. The LocksBridge Team is full of people with proactivity, creativity, versatility and dynamism. As they develop their worldwide network further, they continue to believe in the power of “esprit de corps”: “Alone we can do so little. Together we can do so much.”. While being Turkey's first and leading international classical artist management company, LocksBridge also uses its creative and digital abilities to position itself, its partners and LB Artists right in the digital world.
LocksBridge is a full member of International Artist Managers' Association (IAMA).
The Four Seasons is the best-known and most frequently performed work by Italian composer Antonio Vivaldi. Written in the early 1720s, the first four of the twelve concertos meet the audience for the first time in the new concert hall of the Presidential Symphony Orchestra in Ankara.
Kamran Ince, the founder of Istanbul Technical University MIAM and one of the important living composers from Turkey with his original and timeless expression in music, is building bridges of auditory concepts between the past and the present. In this program, his Intermezzo, commissioned by Gedik Sanat, will be building bridges between Andante & Allegro for violin and strings by Cemal Reşit Rey, one of the first composers of the republic and Fazıl Say's Chamber Symphony. Gedik Philharmonic Orchestra invites you to a rare experience under the leadership of Önder Baloglu.
Önder's special isolation project which is designed actually for social media platforms, including 24 Miniatures for violin by 24 Turkish composers living all around the world, is now available on online streaming platforms Spotify, Apple Music and Amazon Music. The audio and video recordings took place in July 2020 at the Arter Museum in Istanbul. The ingenious video productions by Cem Önertürk were premiered on social media platforms.
Starting from September 1st, Önder will be teaching at the Royal Conservatoire in The Hague. This new appointment will be based on orchestral studies, in addition to his main subject teaching at the Folkwang University of Arts and the concertmaster position at Duisburg Philharmonic.
Önder will be performing the 24 miniatures by 24 Turkish composers composed for Unvoiced Diaries, an isolation project which is designed actually for social media platforms, for the first time live at NOW! Festival in Essen. The festival is a collaboration between Philharmonie Essen, Folkwang University of Arts, Zollverein Foundation, North Rhine-Westphalia State Music Council and PACT Zollverein.
31.10.2020, 17:00, Neue Aula Folkwang University of Arts, Essen
Like all other concerts, the second part of the trilogy "Vom Kommen und Gehen" was cancelled due to the pandemic.
Thanks to the pastor of St. Barbara in Moers, a new possibility for this concert was found.
With a slight change due to the new regulations, the programme included the last two Rosary Sonatas "The Assumption of the Virgin" and "The Crowning of the Blessed Virgin Mary" instead of the five "Sorrowful Mysteries" by H. I . F. Biber and G. B. Pergolesi's Stabat Mater right before "The feast of Our Lady of Sorrows".
The soloists were the Soprano Lavinia Dames and the Mezzo-Soprano Anna Harvey for Stabat Mater, as well as Bianca Adamek and Önder Baloglu for the Rosary Sonatas.
13.09.2020, 17:00, St. Barbara Meerbeck, Moers
„Unvoiced Diaries“ is an isolation inspired project created by violinist Önder Baloglu and supported by Gedik Sanat Istanbul containing a minute long miniatures for solo violin by 24 Turkish composers living all around the world, designed for the compact contents of social media platforms.
The world premiere of Unvoiced Diaries took place hourly on July 19th, from 00:00 on, at the social media pages of Gedik Sanat (Facebook, Instagram, YouTube).