Ates Orga was first Director of Music Administration Studies at Istanbul Technical University (MIAM, 2000-02). Formerly a member of the BBC Music Division (1971-75), and Lecturer in Music and Concert Director at the University of Surrey (1975-90), he trained as a composer and pianist. His father was the İstanbul-born Turkish Air Force fighter pilot, diplomat and author Irfan Orga (of Portrait of a Turkish Family fame), his mother the Irish publisher and writer, Margarete Orga née D'Arcy-Wright.

Ates Orga's production portfolio includes projects with Conductors Vladimir Ashkenazy, Jean-Claude Casadesus, Louis Fremaux, Alexander Gibson, Charles Groves, Marco Guidarini, Alexander Lazarev, Charles Mackerras and Heinrich Schiff. Pianists Nelly Akopian-Tamarina, Dmitri Alexeev, Nikolai Demidenko, Emre Elivar, Nils Franke, Pavel Gililov, Marc-André Hamelin, Thomas Hiztlberger, Vladimir Krainev, Piers Lane, Nikolai Petrov, Paolo Restani and Seta Tanyel. Violinists Cihat Aşkın, Laurent Korcia, Natalia Lomeiko, Cristian Persinaru and Mariko Senju. Cellists Karine Georgian, Leonid Gorokov and Raphael Wallfisch. Guitarists Carlos Bonell and Jens Franke. Singers Armand Arapian, Gabriel Bacquier, Mireille Delunsch, Jean-Jacques Doumène, Françoise Golfier, Hélène Jossoud, Michèle Lagrange, Michel Piquemal, Patricia Rozario, Anatoli Safiulin, Ezgi Saydam and Gérard Théruel.

Turkish-associated projects feature the premiere recordings of Kamran İnce's Third and Fourth Symphonies with the Prague Symphony Orchestra (Naxos); and Emre Aracı's landmark Euro-Ottoman collection (Brilliant Classics, Kalan, Warner Classics).

He has also produced speech and educational recordings for the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music and Schott & Co.

Ates Orga is a widely published and translated writer. His books include a history of the London Proms (1974) and biographies of Chopin and Beethoven (1976, 1978), as well as, more recently, an anthology of İstanbul poems (2007, He has contributed to The New Grove (rev 7th edition) and Grove Music Online; also Andante, BBC Music Magazine, Cornucopia, International Piano, Music & Musicians, Music & Vision, Music Web International, Musical Times, Records & Recording, The Independent and The Listener.

Lengthier CD annotations and research include essays for Brilliant Classics' Alfred Brendel: the Complete Vox, Turnabout & Vanguard Solo Recordings, Chopin Edition, Historical Russian Archives, and Legendary Russian Pianists;Cala's New York Legends; and Philips' Great Pianists of the 20th Century. Single artist composer-editions include İdil Biret'scentenary Brahms (Naxos, 1997) and Ian Hobson's bicentenary Chopin (Zephyr, 2010).

In addition to producing and writing, Ates Orga devises and directs special events. These have included the Guildford International Festival (1991) and three London Wigmore Hall specials - Piano Masterworks (Demidenko, 1993), Virtuoso Romantics (Hamelin, 1994) and Metamorphoses (Lane, 2006). He was Consultant to the London Turkfest (2004).

For Nikolai Demidenko's Piano Masterworks, recorded 'live' for Hyperion, Ates Orga received a 1993 Royal Philharmonic Society Music Award. His period-instrument Liszt/Wagner CD with Thomas Hitzlberger, recorded in Munich for Ambronay Editions, won the 33rd Liszt International Grand Prix in 2007.

Ates Orga, made important contributions to the realisation of Ian Hobson, Lara Ömeroğlu and Paolo Restani recitals within 'Istanbul Recitals' series. He is a member of the Honorary Board of Istanbul Recitals.

Photograph by: Serhan Bali, Andante, (unedited orginal photograph)


Istanbul Recitals program notes by Ates Orga:

'Ian Hobson, PARNASSUS Fryderyk Chopin (1810-1849) bi-centenary recital'

'Paolo Restani, Franz Liszt (1811-1886) 200. yıl resitali'

'Paolo Restani, Franz Liszt (1811-1886) bi-centenary recital'


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