The “Special Concert” project, begun under the initiative of Borusan Holding in 2006 for the development of classical music in our country, led by the Borusan Holding Philanthropic Orchestra (BIFO) and featuring Cem Yılmaz as guest conductor for the past two years, continues now with Ali Poyrazoğlu. The concert to be held on Tuesday, December 11, 2012 at Lütfi Kırdar will see Ali Poyrazoğlu lead BIFO in a performance of specially selected excerpts from the opera Carmen

The “Special Concert” project was launched in 2006 and its proceeds go on to fund Borusan Music Scholarship, founded to cover the school fees of talented young Turkish musicians who get places in overseas academies. This year it will continue with highly acclaimed star of the stage, Ali Poyrazoğlu. 

Borusan Holding Chairman A. Ahmet Kocabıyık, Koç Holding Honorary Chairman Rahmi M. Koç and Eczacıbaşı Holding Chairman Bülent Eczacıbaşı have all donated to and assumed the role of guest conductor in this project, which took a different turn with the contribution of one of Turkey’s best-loved comedians, Cem Yılmaz, in 2010. By opening the event up to the public, Borusan Kültür Sanat gave art lovers the opportunity to also help contribute to the project’s overall goal. After drawing in great crowds, Cem Yılmaz once again met stood in as guest conductor for BIFO in 2011. 

Now acclaimed actor Ali Poyrazoğlu will grace the stage as guest conductor in a concert to be held on Tuesday, December 11, 2012. 
The “Special Concert” will be opened by BIFO with guest stars conductor Gürer Aykal and violinist Nihat Agdaç, a former scholarship student who benefited from the project. 

Ali Poyrazoğlu has presented his works in many a different guise in various fields of the arts, primarily the theater, and is sure to bring his original style and humorous approach to the stage as guest conductor. Audiences will be treated to excerpts of the world famous opera Carmen, especially selected by Poyrazoğlu in a night promising to be a musical experience full of hilarious moments. 

As with previous years, all revenues from the concert ticket sales will go to the Borusan Music Scholarship Fund. After the project’s 2011 concert six talented young musicians were given the opportunity to complete the Master’s degrees and PhDs at some of the best educational institutes abroad thanks to the Borusan Music Scholarship. Ezgi Tandoğan (bassoon), Özge İnci (oboe) and Aziz Baziki (bassoon) continue their studies at Berlin University, Opal İpek Beşli (viola) and Emre Kemal Gökalp (guitar) at the Royal Academy and Ece Dolu (violin) at Eastman School of Music.