On May 12, 2018 on the occasion of the Centenary of the Proclamation of the Independence of the Baltic States the Embassy of Estonia, the Embassy of Latvia and the Embassy of Lithuania in cooperation with the Bilkent Symphony Orchestra organized a festive concert at Bilkent University Concert Hall in Ankara. Estonian conductor Anu Tali will oversee the concert under the name „Baltic 100“ with solo performances by Latvian pianist Lauma Skride, Lithuanian accordeon player Martynas Levickis and pianist Gabrielius Alekna.
The program of the concert included pieces of Charles-Camille Saint-Saëns, Richard Strauss, Václav Trojan, Estonian composer Eduar Tubin and Latvian composer Volfgangs Dārziņš, as well as the Turkish composer Ferit Tüzün.
Ms Anu Tali is a co-founder of the Nordic Symphony Orchestra, an international orchestra beloved and popular mostly in Northern Europe. During recent years, Anu Tali has worked with several orchestras in the US and is the musical director of Sarasota Orchestra since 2013.
Ms Lauma Skride was awarded the Beethoven Ring in 2008 and is highly acclaimed for her interpretations of Germanic classical and romantic repertoire. Lauma Skride has worked with BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Hungarian National Philharmonic, hr-Sinfonieorchester Frankfurt, Hamburger Symphoniker, Dresdner Philharmonie, Essener Philharmoniker, Bremer Philharmoniker, Philharmonisches Orchester Heidelberg, Tapiola Sinfonietta among others.
Mr Martynas Levickis is a leading exponent of the accordion. He is an Associate of the Royal Academy of Music in recognition of his distinguished contribution to music in his field. He sits on the Advisory Board of the Lithuanian World Arts Council. Praised by The Times for his “mastery of an instrument once dismissed as a squeezebox”, accordionist Martynas Levickis has captivated audiences and critics alike with his musicality, charisma and dynamic performances.
Mr Gabrielius Alekna has garnered more then a dozen top prizes in competitions on both sides sides of the Atlantic, such as Hilton Head (United states), maria Canals (Spain) and Čiurlionis (Lithuania) Internationa Piano Competitions. He is one of the most prominent Lithuanian pianists who also has a special interest in education and development of yound talents.