Korkmaz Can Saglam

Sydney Festival: Korkmaz Can Sağlam in concert

Sydney Festival presents Sydney International Piano Competition People’s Choice pianist Korkmaz Can Saǧlam in a program of Bach, Chopin and Shostakovich.


After wowing audiences in the 2023 Sydney International Piano Competition (and collecting the People’s Choice Award for doing so), Piano+ brings Korkmaz Can Saǧlam back to Sydney where he will make his Sydney solo debut in The Neilson – an ideal space to experience this 24-year-old’s utterly graceful, seemingly effortless command of the keyboard.

Born and raised in Türkiye – he gave his first recital aged 11 – Korkmaz studied at the Cleveland Institute of Music and the Juilliard School and has already played concert and recital halls in Paris, Nice, Brussels, Verona, New York and Salzburg.

In this recital, Bach is both an inspiration and a bridge into works by Chopin and Shostakovich.



Johann Sebastian Bach-Franz Liszt Fantasia and Fugue in G minor, BWV 542
Dmitri Shostakovich Prelude and Fugue in A Major, Op.87 No.7
Dmitri Shostakovich Prelude and Fugue in B minor, Op.87 No.6
Johann Sebastian Bach Partita in B-Flat Major, BWV 825
Frédéric Chopin Preludes, Op.28 Nos. 13-24



JS Bach is a true avant-gardist. Temperament – a week-long celebration and deconstruction of Bach – pays homage to the revolutionary advances his music enabled and its influence on modern composers. Featuring an exceptional group of local and international artists and ensembles including Bach Akademie Australia, Korkmaz Can Sağlam, Australian Chamber Orchestra, Andrew Bukenya, Australian Brandenburg Orchestra, Benjamin Skepper and Ensemble Apex.

Olivia Ansell and Benjamin Skepper


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