December 5, 2019, Mersin, Republic of Turkey. – Multimedia musical shows of Anjelika Akbar, a well-known pianist and composer, were held in Mersin Province for the first time with the support of AKKUYU NUCLEAR JSC. About 250 spectators visited the concert in Gülnar Cultural Centre on the 3rd of December. More than 200 music enthusiasts gathered in Mersin Archaeological Museum on the 4th of December.


The visual backdrop of the multimedia concert was based on reproductions of the works by the great Russian marine painter Ivan Aivazovsky. Video projections of 500 paintings, live music played by the musicians and sounds of nature simulated through the use of innovative technologies – all that constituted the "Aivazovsky Rhapsody – Aivazovsky's Istanbul".  Anjelika Akbar translated the pictorial topics of Aivazovsky's paintings into the language of music and used Ottoman melodies accompanying Aivazovsky in the course of his travels in Turkey as well as the music of Russian composers surrounding the painter in the days of his study in St. Petersburg in her work “Aivazovsky Rhapsody”.


"We organized this musical project in Mersin province in a special year for Turkey and Russia, because 2019 is a cross-year of culture and tourism. Cultural heritage of the two countries, music and painting, the present and history interlaced in the show of Anjelika Akbar, and I am sure that these amazing concerts will contribute to our mutual understanding with both the residents of Mersin Province and the city of Mersin itself and the residents of Gulnar district where Rosatom State Corporation is building the first NPP in the Republic of Turkey", noted Alexey Frolov, Managing Director for GR and International Cooperation of AKKUYU NUCLEAR JSC


Supported by AKKUYU NUCLEAR JSC, 80 pupils of Büyükeceli Regular School came to Mersin on the 4th of December in order to visit Anjelika Akbar's multimedia show. The schoolchildren visited Mersin Maritime and Archaeological museums and the Public Information Centre of Akkuyu NPP on the embankment of Ismet Inonyu Boulevard where the guides told the schoolchildren about the first nuclear power plant of Turkey which is being built 3 km away from their school.

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About musical shows "Aivazovsky Rhapsody – Aivazovsky's Istanbul"


The project of Anjelika Akbar is the result of many years of research and creative work involving art critics, historians and scientists from Russia and Turkey. The authors purchased licenses to use images of the paintings from the collections of 45 museums in Russia and 16 museums in Europe to create a collection of digital reproductions of the great paintings.


"When the project was in theory, we were looking for the paintings of the artist depicting Turkey in particular and specifically Istanbul – there were 30 paintings mentioned in the literature at the time.   During the search we found 63 paintings.   Then we added the remaining paintings telling about Aivazovsky's travels to other countries – these were the sights of cities and nature.   We purchased all the rights to these paintings from various museums, palaces and private collectors worldwide. The images of about 500 paintings were collected within the framework of the project that had to be processed, digitized and "revived". When everything was ready, my "Aivazovsky Rhapsody" was born, the work that "accompanies" the master's paintings on the stage.  About 100 people were involved in the project in total!”, said Anjelika Akbar.


The project always features a live background music. This is what makes it complex and valuable at the same time.  Aivazovsky's animated paintings follow each other on a large stage screen in front of the audience.  Encouraging the audience to look at Aivazovsky's paintings through her eyes Anjelika invites them to a journey into the world of the great marine painter’s artworks.


"Let Aivazovsky's fabulous paintings connecting Russian and Turkish hearts continue their way! These lands are a treasure for me. Turkey is a continuation of the ancient union between the East and the West, it is a colourful echo of the rich past.  It introduces the world to the culture and humanism of Anatolia and to the music that has different roots, yet the same basis with the deepest philosophy. I have come to the people of the Republic of Turkey with open heart and sincere words.   I am endlessly happy to see so many children here today! In Mersin, this has been made possible thanks to the support of AKKUYU NUCLEAR JSC. By trying to share my art with children, I try to touch their hearts, while watching carefully their perception and myself being filled with even more love, which will definitely translate into music. I feel Turkey's love for me, and it is a source of strength and inspiration for me!", noted Anjelika Akbar after her performance.

About Anjelika Akbar


Born in Karaganda (Kazakhstan).  Graduated from Uspensky Music School and then Tashkent State Conservatory; passed her Doctoral Dissertation defence on composition and orchestral conducting at the Hacettepe University Ankara State Conservatory (Turkey).  Holder of numerous international music awards and titles. Actively tours around the world. Released 13 albums and created over 500 compositions, including music for several films, including "Fork in the Road" (Yol Ayrımımı, 2017). Included in the Sony Classical catalogue as the first Turkish musician to perform classical music. Resident of Turkey since 1990. Married, has two sons.

About the work of Ivan Aivazovsky (1817-1900)


There are numerous paintings depicting Instanbul and created by Aivazovsky who was in a passionate love with this city. His unique paintings tell about people and sights of the past era and keep the memory of the history of Istanbul's culture and civilization.


Aivazovsky who lived during the reign of the Sultans Abdulmejid and Abdulaziz often visited Istanbul and described it as the most beautiful city in the world. Over five thousand of his paintings are kept in the state museums of Saint Petersburg, Moscow and Yerevan, and about thirty works are kept in the Dolmabahçe Palace in Istanbul, the Naval Museum and many private collections around the world.

About Akkuyu NPP


Akkuyu NPP is the first-ever nuclear power plant to be built in the Republic of Turkey. The project is being implemented based on the Inter-Governmental Agreement on cooperation in the construction and operation of nuclear power plant at Akkuyu site in the Republic of Turkey concluded between the Government of the Russian Federation and Government of the Republic of Turkey on 12 May 2010. The project stipulates the construction of four power units equipped with Russian-designed generation 3+ VVER reactors. The capacity of each NPP power unit will amount to 1200 MW. Currently the project is entirely financed by Russia. Rosatom State Corporation is the majority shareholder of AKKUYU NUCLEAR JSC, which has committed itself to the design, construction, maintenance, operation and decommissioning of the power plant. Akkuyu NPP is the first project in the global nuclear industry being implemented according to Build-Own-Operate model.

About Rosatom State Corporation


The State Atomic Energy Corporation ROSATOM is one of the global technological leaders possessing the resources and competences for successful operation at all levels of the nuclear power production chain – from uranium mining to NPP decommissioning to nuclear waste processing.


Rosatom is the largest power producer in Russia, meeting more than 19% of the country's energy needs.  The Company is a global leader in terms of the foreign project portfolio amount, with 36 power units in 12 countries at different stages of implementation.  Rosatom is the world's first uranium enrichment company, the second-largest in uranium stocks, and the fourth-largest uranium producer; it also accounts for 17% of the nuclear fuel market.


The State Corporation incorporates about 400 enterprises and organizations, including the world's only nuclear icebreaker fleet. They employ about 250,000 persons.