The 1st Turkish National Youth Piano Competition is held with backing from AKKUYU NUCLEAR in Ankara, the capital of the Republic of Turkey

November 26, 2019, Ankara. –The 1st Turkish National Youth Piano Competition was held in mid-November in the Russian Centre for Science and Culture in Ankara. The event was held within the framework of the Cross Year of Culture and Tourism of Russia and Turkey.


The competition was organized by the Representative Office of Rossotrudnichestvo in the Republic of Turkey and Republic of Turkey State Artist Suna Korat Music Foundation, with backing from AKKUYU NUCLEAR JSC and Lukoil Turkey PJSC.  The event in Ankara obtained the status of the Turkey's national one right from the start, thanks to the participation of young pianists representing not only Turkish capital, but also a number of other Turkish cities, namely Antalya, Izmir, Istanbul and Eskisehir. The participation of the best young pianists of the Gnesins Russian Academy of Music also contributed to strengthening the friendship and cultural ties between the young people of the two countries.


The jury of the contest consisted of well-known musicians, such as  Mr. Erol Erdinç, head of the Symphony Orchestra of the Hacettepe University Ankara State Conservatory and director of the Presidential Symphony Orchestra in Ankara, and Mr. Yeşim Alkaya Yener, professor and winner of international awards, while the jury chairman was Ms. Gülsin Onay, State Artist of Republic of Turkey and pianist.


The competition held among 19-to-24-year-old participants is primarily aimed at identifying young talents, while mandatory performance of the Russian composers' compositions is designed to contribute to a close familiarization of the Turkish classical music lovers with Russian musical heritage.  In addition to the compositions of Russian Romantic composers, the competition program included those created by J.S. Bach and Turkish composers of the 19th and 20th centuries.


“The strongest one wins the competition and we are glad this competition has helped new talents unfold and believe in their capabilities. At the same time, it is important for us, AKKUYU NUCLEAR, that this competition unites the like-minded and equally engaged creative people in Russia and Turkey. Both Russians and their Turkish colleagues, as well as partners from other countries are involved in the international Akkuyu NPP Construction Project. As a company belonging to Rosatom State Corporation, AKKUYU NUCLEAR considers the mutual understanding and the solidarity of goals as one of the core values. It means to us that our partners are ready to cooperate and look for common solutions which help us move toward the common goal, i.e. construction of the first nuclear power plant in the Republic of Turkey”, - said Mr. Alexei Frolov, Managing Director for GR and International Cooperation of AKKUYU NUCLEAR JSC.


The competition organizers expressed their hope for the Turkish National Youth Piano Competition to become a tradition and contribute to strengthening the cultural ties between Russia and Turkey for years to come.

About Akkuyu NPP


Akkuyu NPP is the first-ever nuclear power plant being constructed in the Republic of Turkey. The project is being implemented on the basis of 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 the Russian side. 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-ever project in the global nuclear industry being implemented in accordance with the 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 electricity producer in Russia, meeting more than 18% 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 largest uranium enrichment company and the fourth-largest uranium producer; it has the world's second-largest uranium stocks, and 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 a total of about 250,000 people.