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OCTAVA Ensemble Performs Polish Pure Sounds in Istanbul

Cumhuriyet Caddesi, 127/A, Harbiye
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The Polish vocal octet OCTAVA ensemble is to perform live in Istanbul on September 5th as part of Korofest 2014, organized by Bogazici University. The international event hosts some of the most influential and up-and-coming choirs from different countries.

The OCTAVA ensemble will perform a special selection of well-known Polish choral music under the title of Polish Pure Sounds. The performance will begin at 20:00 on September 5th, 2014, at the St. Esprit Cathedral in Istanbul’s historical Harbiye district.

The ensemble is considered by music critics to be one of the most interesting vocal groups of the young generation. They quickly established their leading position among Polish chamber groups. OCTAVA specializes in 16th and 17th-century music, and they follow historical trends by recording albums of works from the turn of the Renaissance and the Baroque period.

The OCTAVA ensemble has won many festivals and contests, including the most prestigious award in Polish choral music, the Grand Prix 39',  Legnica Cantat edition. The OCTAVA ensemble will be represented by sopranos:  Anna Magiera & Marta Zagata-Bugajska; Altos: Małgorzata Langer-Król, & Karol Bartosiński; Tenors:  Zygmunt Magiera & Mateusz Prendota; Basses:  Maciej Drużkowski & Bartłomiej Pollak, with Zygmunt Magiera as artistic director.



Created in 2009 by passionate young choristers from the Boğaziçi University Music Club at the Istanbul Bogazici University,  Korofest aims to gather renowned choirs and choral conductors from all over the world in Istanbul. Korofest is the only choir festival in Turkey recommended by the European Choral Association.

This year at the Korofest 2014 (2-7 September), the OCTAVA ensemble will be representing Poland alongside choirs from across the world, among them: Sonux Ensemble (Germany); Cantacanti Watwill (Switzerland); Te Deum Adoramus Chamber Choir (Bulgaria); Viva del Canto (Ukraine); Aveya Mahan (Iran); Tallinn University Choir (Estonia) and various other major choirs from across Turkey.


Polish Pure Sounds by OCTAVA ensemble

Date: 05 September, 2014 at 20:00

Venue: St. Esprit Cathedral, Cumhuriyet Caddesi 127/A, Harbiye, Istanbul, Turkey.

For more information on OCTAVA Ensemble, visit their page.

Visit Korofest 2014's website here.


The event is organized as part of the cultural programme celebrating the 600th anniversary of Polish-Turkish diplomatic relations.

Edited by E.M. 28.08.2014



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