Önder Baloglu

a versatile violinist seeking the essences of music

Önder is an artist on the rise of the musical world. His inquisitive mind, zeal and drive have pushed him to excellence in a variety of musical fields. He is a soloist, a chamber musician, a concertmaster and combines all these while leading ensembles and orchestras he assembles. He also develops musical concepts, designs programmes, organises festivals and does even jam sessions. He has made it his ambition to perform everywhere possible. All of this he does for the sake of music.


Another Play & Lead project

Önder performs Vivaldi's ingenious Four Seasons

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.


Another Play & Lead project

A colourful program in Istanbul under Önder's direction

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.


First album out!

Unvoiced Diaries on Spotify, Apple Music and Amazon Music

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. 

Spotify     Apple Music     Amazon Music


New appointment!

Önder joins the faculty of the Royal Conservatoire in The Hague

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.


Unvoiced Diaries at NOW!

First live performance

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


Les essences back on stage!

After the cancellation of the last concert in March, Les essences performed again.

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

a COVID-19 Project.

„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).

Coming up

An overview of  Önder's next performances


Izmir (TR)

    Önder performs Mozart's ingenious Violin Concerto KV 219, which is also known as the "Turkish" one.

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Istanbul (TR)

Önder plays and directs a colourful program by important Turkish composer including Cemal Resit Rey, Kamran Ince and Fazil Say.

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Rheinberg (D)

Les essences performs an open air program with the Divertimenti and Cassations by W.A.Mozart.

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Duisburg (D)

Les essences performs an open air program with the Divertimenti and Cassations by W.A.Mozart.

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