In the summer of 2008 two concerts took place in Turkey; in Ankara and in Istanbul, and two in Greece; at the Irodio Attikou in Athens and in the Roman Odio of Patras. The orchestra was conducted by Vladimir Ashkenazy. Vassilis Tsabropoulos was the Greek piano soloist in Turkey, while the Turkish piano soloist Gulsin Onay performed in Greece.
The programme included Skalkottas’ Selection of Greek Dances, Erkin’s Turkish Dances, Kocekce Orchestra Suite, Grieg’s Concerto for piano in A minor Op. 16, Cesar Franck’s Suite from Psyche, and Stravinsky’s Firebird Suite.
The success of the project was reflected by the very positive response of the press and the public in both countries. Furthermore, the orchestra allowed for many strong friendships to be developed between the young Greek and Turkish musicians during the summer tour.