The Borusan Istanbul Philharmonic Orchestra

Promising Orchestra of Europe BIFO

The Borusan Istanbul Philharmonic Orchestra was founded by the Honorary Conductor Gürer Aykal in 1999 with a view to help the polyphonic music be adopted by larger masses in our nation. Having performed its first concert at Yıldız Palace Armory Building under the name of BIFO, the Orchestra has been accompanying numerous celebrated soloists in Anatolian and overseas tours and the concerts in Istanbul since then.

The transition to a philharmonic orchestra was rooted in the Borusan Chamber Orchestra that began performing in 1993. As a result of its immense success in the domestic and overseas arenas, the Borusan Chamber Orchestra was enlarged in terms of both quantity and quality and transformed into a symphonic orchestra in 1999. Gürer Aykal was appointed as the general music director and permanent conductor of the Orchestra. Having achieved great success since the day of its foundation, the Orchestra began collaborating with Sascha Goetzel from Austria as the art director and permanent conductor in the 2008-2009 season. In January 2009, the Orchestra performed its first concert with Goetzel who introduced several innovative elements to the Orchestra's repertoire and vision.

Acting with the vision of becoming one of Europe’s promising orchestras, the Borusan Istanbul Philharmonic Orchestra has taken stage to perform as the permanent orchestra of Istanbul Film, Theatre and Music festivals by the Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts (IKSV) since 2003.

Having achieved great success since the day of its foundation, BIFO maintains its performances with the vision of becoming one of Europe’s promising orchestras.

The first international CD recorded by the Orchestra in 2010 was intended for Turkish and European music lovers. The Orchestra, under the baton of the Conductor Sascha Goetzel, continues to interpret the works by Respighi, Hindemith and Schmitt with the inclusion of a Eastern breeze. In addition to CD, a 40-page booklet designed in four individual languages in line with the source of inspiration of tracks included in the program is presented to the listeners for archive purposes. The second album titled Music from the Machine Age recorded by the Borusan Istanbul Philharmonic Orchestra in June 2011 was released all around the world at the beginning of 2012.

The Borusan Istanbul Philharmonic Orchestra (BIFO) performed a magnificent concert at the opening event of Salzburg Music Festival, the most important and prestigious musical event in Europe, in 2010 when Istanbul held the title of European Capital of Culture. The concert performed under the baton of BIFO Art Director and Permanent Conductor Sascha Goetzel on July 25, 2010 in the company of Fazıl Say, one of the world's unique pianists, performing as the soloist made an impression on the Austrian press.
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