Conductor

Cem Mansur


Founder & Music Director, Turkish National Youth Philharmonic Orchestra


After studying with Leonard Bernstein at the LA Philharmonic Institute, Turkish conductor Cem 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, Mansur is the Music Director and Founder of the Turkish National Youth Philharmonic Orchestra.  Under Mansur’s leadership the orchestra has grown steadily in international profile and esteem, with performances at such prestigious venues as the Vienna Konzerthaus, Konzerthaus Berlin, BOZAR, Beethovenfest Bonn and the Ravello Festival.

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Cem Mansur will be conducting the Savaria Symphony Orchestra in Hungary

14 Feb 2017

Cem Mansur will be conducting the Savaria Symphony Orchestra on 17 February in the Bela Bartok Concert Hall, Hungary. The concert will include Mahler’s Blumine, followed by Johann...

ICA sign Turkish conductor Cem Mansur for General Management

17 Jun 2016

ICA are delighted to welcome Turkish conductor Cem Mansur to their roster for worldwide General Management.  Originally educated in London, he was awarded the Ricordi Conducting Prize...

“A conductor deserving of the highest hopes. His conducting is beautifully detailed and precise”

Main Echo

“The talent of Mansur transformed the orchestral accompaniment into an element of the action, giving edge and musicality to each phrase, penetrating the vocal and orchestral passages with passion, familiar pages sounding consistently fresh.”

Romania Literara

“Mansur drew some gorgeous, sensuous tone from the orchestra and exercised magisterial control over the final throbs and chords.”

Oxford Times

“Mansur succeeded in infusing every page with expressive life”

Dimineata, Bucharest

“The orchestra was transformed in Mansur's hands and acquired a warm sonority.”

La Libérté de L'Est

Born in Turkey, Cem Mansur was educated in London at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama where he received the prestigious Ricordi Conducting Prize. He then went on to study at the Los Angeles Philharmonic Institute with Leonard Bernstein.

Fluent in Turkish, English, French, German and Italian, Mansur works regularly with major orchestras and opera houses across the world.  He commands a particularly strong profile in Russia, enjoying frequent guest engagements with the Mariinsky Theatre at the personal invitation of Valery Gergiev, and conducting the company’s inaugural performance of Puccini’s Madame Butterfly.  Other operatic highlights include his Music Directorship of the Istanbul State Opera.

Mansur’s symphonic career has included guest engagements with the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra, Britten Sinfonia, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, English Chamber Orchestra, and the London Mozart Players.  He has collaborated with many distinguished soloists, including Dmitri Alexeev, Galina Gorchakova, Natalia Gutman, Håkan Hardenberger, Stephen Kovacevich, Christian Lindberg, Antonio Meneses, Midori, Shlomo Mintz, Alice Sara Ott, János Starker, and Murray Perahia.

Recognised for the creativity of his programming, Mansur’s repertoire is extensive and includes many unusual and lesser known works.  He conducted the premiere of Elgar’s unfinished opera The Spanish Lady in London, and Offenbach’s opera Whittington received its first performance since its nineteenth-century premiere under Mansur’s baton at the City of London Festival in 2000.  Cem Mansur also conducted the European premiere of Arvo Pärt’s Symphony No.4 with the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra, and following this went on to give the world premiere of Pärt’s Veni Creator.

Passionate about the importance of high quality music education, Mansur is the Music Director and Founder of the Turkish National Youth Philharmonic Orchestra.  Formed in 2007, the 100 members – aged between 16 and 22 – are chosen by audition from Turkey’s conservatoires.  Under Mansur’s leadership the orchestra has grown steadily in international profile and esteem, with performances at such prestigious venues as the Vienna Konzerthaus, Konzerthaus Berlin, Sala Santa Cecilia, Brucknerhaus Linz, BOZAR, Beethovenfest Bonn and the Ravello Festival.

February 2017