Celebrated Russian violinist to open school in Antalya

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Sergey Kravchenko, a world famous Russian violinist, will start giving classes to young talents in the Mediterranean province of Antalya as part of a project. 

Kravchenko, 71, said he admired Antalya after giving two concerts in 2006, which prompted him to buy a holiday house in 2010.

His first trip to Antalya was in 1994 and later came again to perform at the Aspendos Ancient Theater in 2006. 
He said that he took stage in various parts of the world, but none of them had inspired him as much as the concert he gave in Aspendos. "There is no such acoustic in any other part of the world. I fell in love with Antalya and Aspendos. Its historic and natural beauties inspired me the most. There is such a beautiful mosaic here. People from all over the world are living here without any problems. The Mediterranean attracts me so much," he said.

For Kravchenko, Antalya carries special significance, he said the sea and the mountains of the province reminded him of the Ukrainian city of Odessa, where he was born and raised.

Master Class Project
Kravchenko said he wanted to share his experiences with young talents by giving them violin classes over summer holidays as part of the Master Class Project, a short-time education given by a master or an expert. 

He said he planned to start the project earlier but had to postpone his plans after a jet crisis strained relations between Turkey and Russia and the assassination of the Russian ambassador to Ankara, Andrey Karlov, late 2016. 

"The Master Class Project is a long term one and I want to train 10 to 12 students every year. I have two Turkish students at the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory. Therefore I know Turkish students. I speak a...

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