Meet the People of the Sinfonietta

Gurer Aykal, Conductor

Musicians of the Sinfonietta with

Emre Engin, Concertmaster

Yiğit Karataş, Principal Second Violin

Yangzi Wang, Principal Viola

Emirhan Tunca, Principal Cello

Arda Cabaoğlu, D.M.A., Principal Trumpet

Derin Oge, piano

Artists in Residence

Mahir Cetiz , D.M.A., Composer in Residence

Sinfonietta Staff

Gurer Aykal, Founder, Artistic Director, (Music Director – TAASNY)

Ibrahim Yazici, Founder, Executive Director, (President – TAASNY)

Aysen Darcan, Ph.D., Founder, Executive Director, (Vice President – TAASNY)


About Us

New Manhattan Sinfonietta (NMS) is a New York City based orchestra founded by world renowned Turkish maestro Mr. Gürer Aykal. NMS will proudly perform concerts at a caliber that will match the taste and sophistication of the audiences in and out of New York. Mr. Aykal has enthusiastically established the New Manhattan Sinfonietta as his final orchestra project. NMS was originally conceived in 2017 by Gurer Aykal in collaboration with Turkish American Arts Society of New York (TAASNY). NMS will seek to promote Turkish culture through the performance of Turkish inspired compositions by Turkish musicians. Although not exclusive to Turks, the orchestra is intended to give a home to Turkish musicians who wish to perform regularly in the United States.

NMS made its world premiere on November 29th, 2018 at the prestigious Carnegie Hall’s Stern Auditorium. “A Call for World Peace” concert was conducted by Mr. Seiji Mukaiyama, a Japanese composer and conductor, and honored the exemplary friendship between Turkey and Japan.

On February 8th, 2020 NMS is making its debut with Gurer Aykal in Carnegie Hall. At “Anatolian Inspirations” concert, Maestro Gurer Aykal will be conducting his orchestra for the first time with a repertoire that includes “Esintiler” (Inspirations) by a highly regarded Turkish composer, Ferit Tuzun, along with Mozart and Beethoven.

NMS has the vision to continue to perform multiple concerts every year that includes the works of Turkish composers; thereby introducing them to the audiences around the world. Adopting the motto “diversity is the ultimate wealth in arts”, NMS aims at bringing exceptionally talented musicians and composers around the world on stage.

Our Supporters

We would like to extend our heartfelt gratitude to our supporters for their generous donations. Donations come in various forms and amounts and we deeply appreciate every single donor for their kind effort in making New Manhattan Sinfonietta become a strong presence in the world of classical music.

Presidency of Turks Abroad and Related Communities (YTB)

Turkish American Arts Society of New York (TAASNY)

Consulate-General of the Republic of Turkey in New York

Turkish Airlines (THY)

Fatma & Eugene Ugur Sayan- Softheon

Gurer Aykal Family

Ali Beba, Ph.D.

Ali Riza Dogan- Alibaba Terrace Restaurant

Av. Mehmet Baysan

Ayhan Ozmekik- Musiad USA

Besiktas USA

Billur & Hasan Hakipek- Bremen House Inc.

Fenerbahce USA

Gokhan Dogan - Artevi

Hakki Akdeniz- Sampiyon Pizza

Hulya Aydogan- Artisan La Petite

Kurt Uzbay- Stifel Financial

Le Pain Quotidien

NH Collection Hotels

Orhan Yegen- Lokanta Restaurant

Ramazan Bizel- Turkon America Inc.

Tohan Hazinedaroglu- Otto Tile & Mosaic