Alpaslan Ertüngealp is a Tukish conductor and pianist who has worked as Claudio Abbado’s assistant for the past two years.
At the Istanbul International Music Festival last week, he conducted a concert with the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen. The concert was warmly received and Alpaslan was called back to lead an encore. Here’s what he did:
I conducted Mozart KV587 as an encore and put on a surprise T-shirt just for the encore to promote peace and send a message to the crowds and those related to the atrocities in Turkey. The short amateur video shows the moments when I appeared with my t-shirt on stage at the end of the concert. The spoon in my hand is for solidarity to those resisting from their homes; the contredance has a subtle message to the public: Resist to the ottoman mind.
Now watch the exclusive amateur video, and listen to those cheers.