Maestro Cem Mansur as the General Art Director of Cemal Reşit ReyCem Mansur is appointed as the General Art Director of the Istanbul Municipalitys (IBB) Cemal Reşit Rey (CRR) Concert Hall.
Mansur received the position from Aslan Özdemir, during the opening ceremony of 2019-2020 concert season.
Cem Mansur, born in Istanbul, Turkey, studied music in London. Besides this he attended various international masterclasses like one in Los Angeles Philharmonic Institute. He also had the chance to study and work with Leonard Bernstein.
Mansur was conductor of the Istanbul State Opera between 1981 and 1989. He served as the principal conductor of the City of Oxford Orchestra from 1989 to 1997 and the Akbank Chamber Orchestra from 1998 to 2011.
He has conducted orchestras and opera companies in Holland, France, Italy, The Czech Republic, Romania, Hungary, Germany, Sweden, Spain, Mexico, Israel, Croatia, Poland, South Africa, Finland and Russia, where he has been a frequent guest of the Mariinsky Theater with the invitation of Valery Gergiev.
Cem Mansur has also conducted the world premiere of “Veni Creator” by Arvo Part and the European premiere of the composer’s 4th Symphony with the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra.
Mansur is President of the Ipswich Choral Society, the second oldest such institution in England, and the founding music director of the Turkish National Youth Philharmonic Orchestra. He is also serving as the conductor of the Turkish/Armenian Youth Orchestra as well as the Greek/Turkish Youth Orchestra.