Cem Mansur – conductor

A profile of Turkish conductor Cem Mansur, Founder & Music Director of the Turkish National Youth Philharmonic Orchestra.

After studying with Leonard Bernstein at the LA Philharmonic Institute, Mansur has gone on to work with major orchestras and opera houses across the world (such as Helsinki Philharmonic, Britten Sinfonia, and the Mariinsky Theatre), collaborating with artists such as Natalia Gutman, Stephen Kovacevich, Christian Lindberg, Midori, Shlomo Mintz and Murray Perahia. Widely recognised for his extensive repertoire and the creativity of his programming, he enjoys a strong relationship with Arvo Pärt: he gave the European premiere of Arvo Pärt’s Symphony No.4, and the world premiere of Pärt’s Veni Creator. Passionate about music education, the Turkish National Youth Philharmonic Orchestra has grown steadily in international profile and esteem, under Mansur’s leadership. The orchestra has performed at such prestigious venues as the Vienna Konzerthaus, Konzerthaus Berlin, BOZAR, Beethovenfest Bonn and the Ravello Festival.