ISTANBUL, 15 November (BelTA - Anadolu Agensy). - The Turkish Presidential Symphony Orchestra (CSO) performed Sunday at Istanbul's Ataturk Cultural Center accompanied by world-renowned Russian balalaika player Andrey Gorbachev.
Known as one of the masters of the balalaika, a Russian stringed musical instrument with a characteristic triangular wooden hollow body, fretted neck and three strings, Gorbachev has also worked as a teacher at prominent music academies in Russia. He has written 10 books on music and 30 articles which have been published in professional journals.
The Turkish Presidential Symphony Orchestra -- the country's flagship orchestra, with a history of 150 years -- has performed hundreds of concerts.
Hundreds of classical music lovers attended the concert at the Ataturk Cultural Center, which reopened on Oct. 29 after years of reconstruction.