YPHIL – International Philharmonic Orchestra
presents the final of
Seven Epic Concerts
Concert for Global Peace
with Jose Luis Gomez, Conductor
and Alexander Markov, Violin
and Host Danny Glover
September 27, 2015 at 8pm
Carnegie Hall, Isaac Stern Auditorium/Ronald O. Perelman Stage
New York, NY (August 19, 2015) – YPHIL – International Philharmonic Orchestra brings together 100 young talented musicians from 74 countries to represent their countries through music in Seven Epic Concerts, which will conclude with a concert for Global Peace on Isaac Stern Auditorium/Ronald O. Perelman Stage at Carnegie Hall during United Nations week.
The evening is hosted by Danny Glover, and will feature Jose Luis Gomez, Conductor, and Alexander Markov, Violin, performing with the musicians. The program will include F. Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto E Minor Op.64 featuring soloist Alexander Markov and Faruk Kanca’s Turken Foundation Symphonic Suite of Voices of the World featuring traditional instruments from around the world. The participating young musicians will perform on the same day their countries are represented at the United Nations during the General Assembly meetings. Presented by the TURKEN Foundation.
Tickets are $35-107 and are available by phone at CarnegieCharge, 212-247-7800, online at www.carnegiehall.org/Calendar/2015/9/27/0800/PM/YPHIL-International-Philharmonic-Orchestra/ or at the Carnegie Hall box office, 57th Street and 7th Avenue.
Actor, producer and humanitarian Danny Glover has been a commanding presence on screen, stage and television for more than 30 years. As an actor, his film credits range from the blockbuster Lethal Weapon franchise to smaller independent features, some of which Glover also produced. In recent years he has starred in an array of motion pictures including the critically acclaimed Dreamgirls directed by Bill Condon and in the futuristic 2012 for director Roland Emmerich. In addition to his film work, Glover is highly sought after as a public speaker, delivering inspiring addresses and moving performances in such diverse venues as college campuses, union rallies and business conventions. Glover has gained respect for his wide-reaching community activism and philanthropic efforts, with a particular emphasis on advocacy for economic justice and access to health care and education programs in the United States and Africa. For these efforts Glover received a 2006 DGA Honor and was honored with a 2011 “Pioneer Award” from the National Civil Rights Museum. Internationally Glover has served as a Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations Development Program from 1998-2004, focusing on issues of poverty, disease and economic development in Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean. Glover was presented in 2011 with the prestigious Medaille des Arts et des Letters from the French Ministry of Culture and was honored with a Tribute at the Deauville International Film Festival. In 2014 Glover received an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from the University of San Francisco. Currently Glover serves as UNICEF Ambassador. In 2005 Glover co-founded NY based Louverture Films with writer/producer Joslyn Barnes and recent partners Susan Rockefeller and Matthew Palevsky. The company is dedicated to the development and production of films of historical relevance, social purpose, commercial value and artistic integrity. Among the films Glover has executive produced at Louverture are: the César-nominated Bamako, Sundance Grand Jury Prize and Oscar and Emmy nominated Trouble The Water, the award winning The Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975, Sundance Grand Jury Prize winner The House I Live In, and the award winning Concerning Violence. He has also associate produced Elia Suleiman’s The Time That Remains, and the 2010 Cannes Palme d’Or winner Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives. A native of San Francisco, Glover trained at the Black Actors’ Workshop of the American Conservatory Theatre. It was his Broadway debut in Fugard’s Master Harold…and the Boys that brought him to national recognition and led director Robert Benton to cast him in his first leading role in 1984’s Academy Award-nominated Best Picture, Places in the Heart. The following year Glover starred in two more Best Picture nominated films: Peter Weir’s Witness and Steven Spielberg’s The Color Purple. In 1987 Glover partnered with Mel Gibson in the first Lethal Weapon film and went on the star in three hugely successful Lethal Weapon sequels. Glover starred in The Royal Tenenbaums and To Sleep With Anger, which he executive produced and for which he won an Independent Spirit Award for Best Actor. On the small screen, Glover won an Image Award, a Cable ACE Award and earned an Emmy nomination for his performance in the title role of the HBO Movie Mandela. He has also received Emmy nominations for his work in the acclaimed miniseries Lonesome Dove, the telefilm Freedom Song, and as a director he earned a Daytime Emmy nomination for Showtime’s Just a Dream. Most recently, Glover appeared in the HBO Original Movie Muhammad Ali’s Greatest Fight. Presently Glover has completed roles in the feature films Monster Trucks for Paramount, Rage co-starring Nicolas Cage and the drama Beyond the Lights co-starring Gugu Mbatha-Raw and Nate Parker.
The Venezuelan-born, Spanish conductor José Luis Gomez was catapulted to international attention when he won First Prize at the International Sir Georg Solti Conductor’s Competition in Frankfurt in September 2010, securing a sensational and rare unanimous decision from the jury. Gomez’s electrifying energy, talent and creativity earned him immediate acclaim from the Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra where he was appointed to the position of Assistant Conductor, a post created especially for him by Paavo Jarvi and the orchestra directly upon the conclusion of the competition. Gomez started his musical career as a violinist, and by the age of 11 he was Concertmaster of the Youth Orchestra of Zulia State – part of El Sistema de Orquestas Juveniles de Venezuela. He graduated in music and violin from the Manhattan School of Music in New York before embarking on a European orchestral career. Deciding to follow his dream to have more creative input and influence on musical direction he took conducting lessons from Lu Jia, Muhai Tang and John Nelson. After just six months of studying conducting he went on to win the Georg Solti competition. Since then he has worked with the RTVE National Symphony Orchestra of Madrid, Houston Symphony Orchestra, National Arts Centre Orchestra of Ottawa, Hamburg Symphony, Basel Sinfonietta, Orchestra of Castilla y Leon, Orquesta Sinfonica do Porto, Grand Rapids Symphony, Macao Symphony and the Orchestra 1813 Teatro Sociale di Como with whom he also led performances of Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro as part of the ASLCIO Opera Association throughout the region of Lombardia, Italy. Recent symphonic highlights included debuts with Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, Colorado, Vancouver, Edmonton, Pasadena and National Taiwan Symphony Orchestras as well as reinvitations to Orquesta Sinfonica de Castilla y Leon, Orquestra Sinfonica Brasileira and Elgin Symphony Orchestra. José also conducted the Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra in their New Year concert and several educational projects. Opera highlights have included a full run of La Bohème at Frankfurt Opera and a new production of Rossini’s La Cenerentola at Stuttgart Opera, of which he also conducted the revival in the following season. More recently, José has made debuts with Stuttgart Radio, Weimar Staatskapelle, Alabama and Winnipeg Symphony Orchestras, and he closed the 13/14 season with a spectacular production ofCavalleria rusticana in Como. This season includes a European tour of a new production of Mozart’s Don Giovanni directed by Graham Vick with Teatro Sociale di Como; his debut at the New National Theatre, Tokyo in a revival of a La Forza del Destino; and orchestral debuts with Tucson Symphony, Rochester Philharmonic and New Zealand Symphony Orchestras, and at Staatstheater Karlsruhe. José Luis Gomez is the Principal Conductor of the orchestral season of the Teatro Sociale di Como.
Internationally celebrated violinist Alexander Markov has been hailed as one of the most captivating musicians now before the public. Lord Yehudi Menuhin wrote, “He is without doubt one of the most brilliant and musical of violinists . . . Alexander Markov will certainly leave his mark on the music-lovers of the world and in the annals of the violin virtuosi of our day.” Gold Medal winner at the Paganini International Violin Competition, Mr. Markov has appeared as a soloist with some of the world’s most celebrated orchestras such as the Philadelphia Orchestra, the BBC and the Montreal Symphonies, the Philadelphia Orchestra, the BBC Symphony, the Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra, the Budapest Festival Orchestra and the Detroit Symphony. He has worked with major conductors of our day, including Neeme Jarvi, Christoph Eschenbach and Ivan Fischer. Markov has also shared concerts with such luminaries as Martha Argerich. Mr. Markov has established a reputation second-to-none in the 19th-century virtuoso repertoire. His CD release and the video of the 24 Paganini Caprices for solo violin, directed by the legendary film director Bruno Monsaingeon, caused a sensation, and as a result he recorded five more CDs for the Erato/Warner Classics. Markov remains one of the very few violinists in the world who performs the entire set of the 24 Paganini Caprices in a single recital, and he is featured in the internationally acclaimed film about great violinists “The Art of Violin,” also directed by Bruno Monsaingeon. In 2006 Warner released a long-awaited DVD of the 24 Paganini Caprices which instantly became one of the best-selling classical DVDs on the Amazon charts. Many of the Caprices were posted by fans around the world on YouTube and some of the clips have hundreds of thousands hits. Alexander Markov’s musical journey takes him far beyond his activity as a classical violin soloist. He has composed “Rock Concerto,” an original composition collaborating with James V. Remington, who also designed for him a new six-string electric violin. The new-patented instrument, the only one of its kind in the world, has a unique sound and the most enormous dynamic range from soft and sweet to the monstrous and powerful. (Markov plays it through a Marshall amp.) “Rock Concerto” is a crossover epic, which features Markov’s performance on the new electric violin and his rock band, accompanied by a symphony orchestra and a chorus. The musicians in his band are some of the most celebrated artists in the rock world, and tickets to “Rock Concerto” concerts are sold-out weeks in advance. Markov’s vision is to bridge a gap between classical and rock audiences and attracting many young people who would otherwise never go to a symphony. Awarded a prestigious Avery Fisher Career Grant in 1987, Mr. Markov made his New York debut recital at Carnegie Hall. Alexander Markov was born in Moscow and studied violin with his father, concert violinist Albert Markov. By the time he was eight years old, he was already appearing as a soloist with orchestras and performing double concertos with his father. Markov emigrated to the U.S. with his parents and received his United States citizenship in 1982.
The six other concerts in September include:
September 10, 2015 at 7pm: Play For Peace Concert
Peter Norton Symphony Space
September 14, 2015 at 3pm: United Hearts Concert
Herald Square – Dedicated to the memory of the victims and heroes of 9/11
September 16, 2015 at 3pm: Hear My Nations’ Voice Concert in Times Square
September 17, 2015 at 7pm: Gathering for Youth Empowerment at New York University
NYU’s Skirball Hall
September 20, 2015 at 3pm: Concert For Nations’ Friendship at Bowling Green Park, Wall Street
September 25, 2015 at 7pm: Community Fellowship Program at the New York Public Library at Fifth Avenue
YPHIL – International Philharmonic Orchestra
YPHIL – International Philharmonic Orchestra aims to show the world how representatives of different countries can work together regardless of their nationality, race and beliefs; bringing out the magnificent music, celebrating the collaboration of cultures. This dynamic performance will exemplify how collaborating with people from all over the world can bring a better tomorrow. YPHIL – International Philharmonic Orchestra envisions including more than 100 young musicians from more than 70 different countries for its first year. Young musicians between the ages of 18 to 26 will come from a wide range of cultural, linguistic, ethnic and religious backgrounds to take part in this ensemble. Creating this festival of peace and fraternity will empower the voices of our youth, promote peace and dialogue, and raise awareness for universal youth issues. Through new and traditional social media, YPHIL – International Philharmonic Orchestra will reach out to millions of people to convey its powerful musical message.
Serhat Kaan, Founder; Lynn Mutlu, MD
Composer: Sevki Faruk Kanka; Conductor: José Luis Gomez; Violinist: Alexander Markov; Drumset Artist: Sean J. Kennedy; Fashion Designer: Diana Broussard; Composer: Vlad DeBriansky; Musician: Gjilberta Lucaj
Serhat Kaan (founder and chair, YPHIL) is the director of TURKEN Foundation and was born in Istanbul. After obtaining Industrial Engineering degree with honors, he moved to New York City in 2010 to continue his studies for both masters and PHD degrees on full scholarship from the Ministry of National Education of Turkey. He has been actively engaged in philanthropy since 2006, the year he began to serve as the president of the Industrial Engineering Club at Fatih University. His hard work to elevate the prestige of Industrial Engineering Club was recognized by both his college and civil society leaders. Mr. Kaan enjoys a rare combination of technical expertise and political insight. Mr. Kaan’s prior service to the New York City Industries for the Blind proves his commitment in the field of human rights. His leadership role at the WPO Orchestra proves his contributions and involvement in raising awareness for global youth issues. Mr. Kaan currently holds M.S. Degree in Industrial Engineering and M.A. Degree in International Relations & Politics both from New York University; and is seeking a J.D. Degree in New York City.
For more information, visit www.yphil.org.