Borusan Chamber Orchestra
The Borusan Group's first venture into the field of culture and Arts was the foundation of the Borusan Chamber Orchestra in 1993. Conducted by Saim Akçıl at the time, it was one of the first private orchestras in Turkey. Depending on the specific concert program, the orchestra's size varies from anywhere between 25 to 50 musicians, all of whom are also members of the Borusan Istanbul Philharmonic Orchestra.
The Borusan Chamber Orchestra performs concerts in Istanbul, as well as other cities in Turkey and has also participated in the Budapest Spring Festival in Hungary in 2001. In June of 2007, the Orchestra performed in the 35th International Istanbul Music Festival, under the direction of Joseph Wolfe. In Istanbul, its concerts are held in the Cemal Reşit Rey Concert Hall and Caddebostan Culture Center throughout. In 2008, the Borusan Chamber Orchestra has completed its activities.
Among the illustrious conductors who have directed the Borusan Chamber Orchestra in the past are Gürer Aykal, Vasil Kazanciyev, Emre Aracı, Michael Nebe and Alpaslan Ertüngealp. For the past two seasons, the Borusan Chamber Orchestra has been conducted by Joseph Wolfe.
The Borusan Chamber Orchestra has four CD recordings, accompanied by such soloists as Aydın Karlıbel, Günay Yetiz, Pelin Halkacı, Cihat Aşkın, Bülent Evcil, Ruşen Güneş, Şefika Kutluer, Jeremy Menuhin, James Galway and Jonathan Biss.