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GÜRER AYKAL
Gürer Aykal, currently the general music director and principal conductor of the Borusan İstanbul Philharmonic Orchestra, started his music education at the Ankara State Conservatoire and completed the violin department in 1963 under Necdet Remzi Atak and the composition department in 1969 under Ahmed Adnan Saygun.

He further studied conducting under leading conductors such as André Previn and George Hurst in London Guildhall School of Music under government scholarship. He then got his title as a conductor from Academia Chigiana of Italy and completed Academia di Santa Cecilia under Franco Ferrera. Upon Adnan Saygun's request, he further studied Gregorian choral music and polyphonic Renaissance music in Pontificio Istituto di Musica Sacra under Bartolucci.

Following his appointment as the principal conductor of the Presidential Symphony Orchestra in 1975, he then pursued general direction of the State Opera and Ballet. He conducted over hundred concerts in Turkey and abroad with the Ankara Chamber Orchestra he founded with Suna Kan. Aykal gave numerous concerts with the leading European orchestras in addition to his conducting experience with the English Chamber Orchestra's Latin America and Caribbean tour and Concertgebouw Chamber Orchestra.

Gürer Aykal was honoured with the "State Artist" title in 1981 for his international achievement and services in the field of music. To date, Aykal has recorded works of great composers such as Bach, Beethoven, Mozart, Tchaikovsky, Elgar, Smetana, Ravel, Erkin and Saygun with the London Philharmonic Orchestra, Northern German Radio Orchestra (NDR), Ankara Chamber Orchestra, Bilkent Symphony Orchestra and the Presidential Symphony Orchestra.

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