OldBourn Piano Trio

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Elvin Hoxha Ganiyev (Violin)

Elvin is a solo concert violinist with a broad and diverse repertoire who is currently pursuing his Konzertexamen degree at Folkwang Universität der Künste in Essen with Prof. Aleksey Semenenko and his second Master’s degree in Instrumentalsolist program of UdK Berlin with Mark Gothoni simultaneously.

He holds a Master’s Degree from Hochschule für Musik Theater und Medien Hannover in Germany, where he studied with Professor Krzysztof Wegrzyn, and also a Bachelor’s Degree from Escuela Superior de Música Reina Sofía in Spain, from the class of Professor Zakhar Bron.

Elvin was born in 1997 into a family of esteemed musicians and started playing the violin when he was five years old. At the age of 8, he gave his first orchestral concert with his grandfather Server Ganiyev, and that same year he was admitted to the Zurich Conservatory Young Student program. Since the age of 10, when Elvin made his debut with Moscow Virtuosi under the baton of Vladimir Spivakov at the Kremlin Palace, he has always performed with renowned conductors and esteemed orchestras in prominent concert halls and prestigious international festivals throughout the world.

Elvin has won numerous awards and honors at prestigious international competitions. In 2023, he won the 2nd place at the prestigious Karol Szymanowski International Music Competition. He was the Semi-finalist and the winner of the special iPalpiti Prize at the 2021 George Enescu International Violin Competition. The same year, he was also awarded the Public Prize at the International Jascha Heifetz Violin Competition, where he was a semifinalist.

Elvin is also the laureate of many other reputable international music competitions, including the David Oistrakh Violin Competition, Lipinski-Wieniawski Competition for Young Musicians, Golden Medal Berliner International Music Competition, and Vienna International Music Competition, to name a few.

Some of the orchestras he has played with are Berliner Philharmoniker, Moscow Virtuosi, Shanghai Chamber Orchestra, Amsterdam Philharmonic, Azerbaijani State Philharmonic, Qatar Philharmonic, Odessa Philharmonic, New Russia Orchestra, Russian National Orchestra, Kremerata Baltica, St. Petersburg Philharmonic, Musica Viva Moscow, Tchaikovsky Symphony and nearly all the Turkish orchestras; with conductors such as Zubin Mehta, Yuri Bashmet, Vladimir Fedoseyev, Gennady Rozhdestvensky, Zakhar Bron, Sasha Goetzel, Server Ganiyev, Dmitry Liss, Rengim Gökmen, Valery Vorona, Klaus Weise, Placido Domingo… at venues as Carnegie Hall, The Berlin Philharmonic Hall, Kremlin Palace and Tchaikovsky Concert Hall Moscow, Grand Hall of St. Petersburg Philharmonia, Opera Garnier Monte-Carlo, De Doelen Rotterdam, Amsterdam Concertgebouw, Athena Megaro Hall, Zurich Tonhalle, The Royal Albert Hall, St. John’s Smith Square London…


He released a debut album in 2019, “Say’s 1001 Nights in the Harem Violin Concerto,” and a Single “Chausson, Poème Op.25,” on digital music platforms. He recorded with LGT Young Soloists for the “Italian Journey” album under RCA Red Seal/Sony Music Switzerland.

His latest album, “Voyages, Chapter Istanbul,” where he performed Cem Esen’s and Fazıl Say’s Violin Sonatas, was released in 2021. He is currently developing new recording projects both for classical and contemporary works.

Elvin founded an ensemble of 15 musicians called “Afterimage Ensemble,” whose purpose is to play lesser-known compositions of composers from minority groups. The ensemble is working on the concert programs and planning performances for the upcoming seasons.

Elvin Hoxha Ganiyev is supported by the ÇEV Contemporary Education Foundation of Turkey Young Talents Project. Elvin performs on a 1715 Guiseppe Guarneri “filius Andreae” violin with an Eugène Sartory bow.



“I’m truly impressed by his tremendous talent.” | Zubin Mehta

“Elvin has shown exceptional talent as a soloist. Apart from his high quality of technical

abilities, he is playing with a variety of colors in his sound and with an expression that

touches every audience.” | Prof. Zakhar Bron

“With his remarkable talents, I certainly believe that Elvin should be considered one of

the few greatest violinists of our time.” | Vladimir Ashkenazy

“Elvin embodies the characteristics of the world’s greatest virtuosos.” | Gennady


“I would like to give my utmost consideration regarding his distinguished talent and

promising potential for his future career.” | Plácido Domingo

Poyraz Baltacigil (Cello)

Poyraz Baltacıgil was born in 1994 in Istanbul as the third child of the “all musician” Baltacigil family.

He initially started to study the violin at his five but after falling asleep on the violin during a lesson, decided to continue with cello next year, studying part-time with Hakkı Öztürk at the Istanbul University State Conservatory. In 2005, a full-time study began with Dilbağ Tokay at the Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University State Conservatory which led to graduation in 2015. From 2015 to 2017, he pursued his master’s education with French cellist Jean-Guihen Queyras at the Hochschule für Musik Freiburg in Germany.

Continuing his own album projects and solo concerts, Baltacigil has performed as soloist in numerous international and local festivals and performed in prestigious concert halls at home and abroad.

In 2019, he joined Larsen Strings as a Performing Artist, where he became associated with renowned musicians such as Renaud Capuçon, Gautier Capuçon, Daniel Müller-Schott, Alina Pogostkina, Nicolas Altstaedt, Pablo Ferrandez, Milan Milisavljevic, Esther Abrami, Troels Svane, Narek Hakhnazaryan and Tobias Breider.

He won the first prize in the “Benyamin Sönmez National Cello Competition” with Natalia Gutman as president of jury and the third prize in the “International Competition Young Virtuosos” in Bulgaria. Also he’s been selected “The Best Young Musician of the Year 2016” by Andante Classical Music Magazine.

As a soloist, he has performed select pieces from the cello repertoire with orchestras such as the Venezuela Simon Bolivar Symphony Orchestra, Borusan Istanbul Philharmonic Orchestra, Istanbul State Symphony Orchestra, Presidential Symphony Orchestra, Izmir State Symphony Orchestra, CRR Symphony Orchestra, Istanbul State Opera and Ballet Orchestra, Eskişehir Municipal Symphony Orchestra, MR Chamber Orchestra, Academic Capital Orchestra, Anadolu University Symphony Orchestra, Karşıyaka Municipal Chamber Orchestra, Kadıköy Pandemi Orchestra, and Istanbul Filarmonia. He has collaborated with conductors including Christian Vasquez, Rengim Gökmen, Sascha Goetzel, Antonio Pirolli, Naci Özgüç, Massimiliano Caldi, Koji Kawamoto, Hakan Şensoy, Nikos Haliassas, Yalçın Adıgüzel, Murat Sümer, Murat Cem Orhan, Erdem Çöloğlu and Ertuğ Korkmaz.

His concerto repertoire includes almost all the prominent works e.g. Dvorak, Schumann, Shostakovich, Elgar, Haydn 1.& 2., Tchaikovsky Rococo, Saint-Saens, Azarashvili, Monn, c.p.e. Bach…

In 2015, he participated in İş Sanat’s “Rising Stars” concert series, where he gave a recital and later performed Beethoven’s Triple Concerto with the Borusan Istanbul Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of conductor Sascha Goetzel, with the violinist Hande Küden and pianist Ferhat Can Büyük.

In the Amsterdam Cello Biennale in 2016, Poyraz Baltacıgil was part of a cello group led by Jean-Guihen Queyras and performed a concert there. In 2020, during the global celebrations of Beethoven’s 250th birthday, he participated in the “Beethoven 250” project of Klasik Keyifler which featured distinguished musicians and gave three concerts in Istanbul, Cappadocia, and Ankara. In April 2022, he performed Dvorak’s Cello Concerto with the renowned Simon Bolivar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela at Istanbul’s İş Sanat Center. Later that year in August, he embarked on a European tour with TUGFO (Youth Philharmonic Orchestra of Turkey) under the baton of Cem Mansur, giving six concerts in prestigious venues such as Berlin Konzerthaus and Prague Rudolfinum.

Poyraz Baltacıgil recorded and released his debut album, “Voyages” in collaboration with Cem Esen. The album includes Rachmaninoff’s “Cello and Piano Sonata” and Cem Esen’s successful composition, “Cello and Piano Sonata.” He also participated in the “Sei Solo” album project by Klasik Keyifler, which brings together innovative Turkish composers and selected musicians, recording two new Turkish pieces. Additionally, in the early months of 2023, he released the singles “Sicilienne” by Fauré and “Nostalgie” by Azarashvili on digital platforms in collaboration with pianist Mert Yeşilmenderes.

Apart from his solo concert performances and album projects, Poyraz Baltacigil continues to work on new recordings and serves as the Assistant Principal Cello of the Borusan Istanbul Philharmonic Orchestra.

Cem Esen - Piano

Cem Esen was born in Adana in 1997. He started piano lessons with Can Çoker when he was 6 years old and continued his education with him between 2005-2010. During 2010-2015, he studied with Prof. Metin Ülkü at the Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University State Conservatory. Passing from the piano exam of Hochschule für Musik in 2015, Theater und Medien – Hannover, he studied with Roland Krüger and continues his piano education as a MA student at this school.

In 2012, Cem was invited for a concert organized by the Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts and gave a Duo- piano concert with pianist Gülsin Onay. In the same year, he was invited to the 13th Antalya Piano Festival. In 2018, he was invited to the 19th Antalya Piano Festival for a recital, to program to include also  the first performance of his 1st piano sonata.

upon the request of conductor Gürer Aykal. In the same year, he gave a recital at the Sofia Music Festival. His recital was broadcast on national radio. In 2022, he performed a recital with violinist Elvin Hoxha Ganiyev at the 20th International Northern Cyprus Music Festival. He gave concerts with Bursa  Regional State Symphony Orchestra, Çukurova State Symphony Orchestra, Estonian National Symphony Orchestra, Filharmonia Dolnośląska, Samsun State Opera and Ballet and Izmir State Symphony Orchestra. In 2020, he was awarded the first prize in the “Cultural Achievement” branch by T.O.Y.P. (Ten Outstanding Young Persons) affiliated to JCI.

He won 11 awards from National and International piano competitions between 2010-2015. He released 6 Albums and 6 Singles between 2019-2022. In addition to his piano career, Esen is also a composer and has composed and published more than 100 works under 40 Opus numbers. Under the name Cosmos Project, he started to release the Cosmos Album in November 2023 as a Single with an artist every month. The album presents a composer’s portfolio with music written by Esen for different instruments. In November 2022, within the scope of the “Voyages Project”, he performed concerts of cello, violin and flute sonatas with Poyraz Baltacıgil, Cem


Önertürk and Elvin Hoxha Ganiyev at CRR and AASSM. The world premieres of Scarlet Op.1 in 2015, Blue Fairy Ballet Suite Op.21 and Concerto for Strings Op.26 in 2021 by Çukurova State Symphony Orchestra, Cosmic Variations Op.10 in 2019 by Bursa Regional State Symphony Orchestra, and Hypatia Op.27 in 2023 by Selin Şekeranber and Yudum Çetiner, artists known as “Duo Blanc et Noir” duo group.

He has worked in masterclasses with Stephen Kovacevich, Johan Schmidt, Diana Anderson, Peter Florian, Junn Kanno, Fazıl Say, Gülsin Onay, Andrea Luccessini, Emre Şen and Ludmil Angelov.


  • 2010 – 5th International Pera Piano Competition Istanbul / Turkey 2nd Prize
  • 2010 – Başkent University National Chopin Piano Competition Ankara / Turkey 2nd Prize
  • 2011 – 6th International Pera Piano Competition Istanbul / Turkey 3rd Prize and Best Chopin Interpretation Prize
  • 2011 – F. Chopin Competition held in Jelenia Gora / Poland Final Mention
  • 2012 – 1st Ahmet Adnan Saygun Piano Competition in Gümüşlük – Muğla / Turkey 1st Prize
  • 2012 – Delfhi Games Piano Competition in Astana / Kazakhistan Bronze Medal
  • 2013 – Maria Herrero Piano Competition Granada / Spain 3rd Prize
  • 2014 – Chopin Piano Competition in Narva / Estonia Most Original Interpretation Prize
  • 2014 – International Young Musicians Piano Competition in Enschede / The Netherlands Best Contemporary Music Interpretation Prize
  • 2015 – Vedat Kosal Piano Competition in Istanbul / Turkey 2nd Prize
  • 2015 – Malta International Piano Competition Varletta / Malta 3rd Prize and Jury’s Special Award

Sample Program Contents


Haydn – Gypsy Trio

Shostakovich – Trio No.1

Schubert – Op.100

2. Program: “Russian Night”

Rachmaninoff – Trio No.1 Elegy
Arensky – Trio

P.I. Tchaikovsky – Trio


Say – Trio

Schnittke – Trio

Schostovich – Trio No.1 & 2

4 .Program: “French Night”

Ravel – Trio

Debussy – Trio

(+ A short french piece)

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