How to BLUFF About Classical Music

Pianist/composer Emir Gamsızoğlu started to play the piano at the age of 20, after quitting his career as a professional basketball player in Turkey. He created the “Chatty Pianist” concept to attract listeners of all ages and backgrounds to classical music. Chatty Pianist concerts are engaging the audiences with “Chatty” slideshow presentations featuring fun facts, and personal insight by Emir Gamsızoğlu about music while he is performing.


On February 3rd 2017, Chatty Pianist presents a concert program that gives tips to the audience on HOW TO BLUFF ABOUT CLASSICAL MUSIC to survive a conversation in a party. For those who are not familiar with classical music, the program is informative about the composers and pieces, as fun as his approach is. Those who are very knowledgeable in classical music will also experience a fresh new perspective on the most aristocratic art form of the Western Culture.

In the first half of the concert program some of the most well-known pieces from Bach, Mozart and Beethoven will be presented from Chatty Pianist’s perspective. The second half will give you examples from romantic composers such as Schubert, Mendelssohn, Chopin and Liszt. Finally a set of variations by Gamsızoğlu himself based on a Turkish tune will conclude the night. Four of his variations are in Beethoven, Liszt, Chopin and Mendelssohn’s style the other variation is in Turkish improvisational style. Program details are listed below.

Apart from his career as a concert pianist, Gamsızoğlu is well-known with his articles, engaging concert programming and interdisciplinary projects to improve the communication of classical music with audiences from various ages and backgrounds. For more information please visit Gamsızoğlu’s website;

Join us for a fun and informative night of classical music

Tickets are $25 online, $30 at the door. Online tickets:

Bruno Walter Hall is on 111 Amsterdam Ave. New York, NY 10023 (1 Train to 66th Street Station). Wheelchair accessible.


Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
WoO 80 – 32 Variations in C Minor

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)
KV 331 – Piano Sonata No.11 in A Major, “Alla Turca”
1.Andante grazioso
3.Allegretto; Rondo Alla Turca

Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
BWV 849 – Prelude & Fugue in C# Minor from Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 1


Franz Peter Schubert (1797-1828)
D.899 (Op.90) – Impromptu No.3 in Gb Major – Andante

Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847)
Op.14 – Rondo Capriccioso in E Major – Andante; Presto

Frédéric François Chopin (1810-1849)
Op.27, No.2 – Nocturne No.8 in Db Major

Franz Liszt (1811-1866)
S.244 – Hungarian Rhapsody No.2 in C# Minor

Emir Refik Gamsızoğlu (1973)
Op.2, No.4 – Heybeli Variations on a theme by Yesari Asım Arsoy
2.Variation in Beethoven style
3.Variation in Liszt style
4.Variation in Turkish improvisation “Taksim” style
5.Variation in Chopin style
6.Variation in Mendelssohn style

Check out GAMSIZOGLU’s Chamber Music piece, Rhapsody on istanbul Tunes:



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