Cem Mansur

Cem Mansur



  • Universal Message of Music
  • Orchestra; Mirror of a Society & Leadership Layers
  • Leadership and Management Models

What he offers

He shares his invaluable experiences of being a conductor of several orchestras in often pressurized conditions to achieve astoundingly inspiring results. He offers first hand insights into the leadership process and how to get the best from talented individuals.

How he presents

Highly entertaining, with rich presentations complemented by videosand rich imagery, Cem Mansuris sure to leave you with a memorable and impacting keynote session.

Cem Mansur has recently conducted the world premiere of “Veni Creator” by Arvo Part in Poland. This follows his second visit to Finland where he conducted the European premiere of the composer’s 4th Symphony with the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra. The performance met with acclaim by the composer who has now recommended the conductor to various festivals to perform his works. His first concert with the Mikkeli City Orchestra in November 2008, has resulted in an invitation to appear there for several weeks each season. His appearance at the Puccini Festival at Torre del lago (“Tosca”) on the occasion of the 150th anniversary of the composer’s birth has also produced an invitation to return.

Born in Istanbul, Cem Mansur studied music in London, at the City University and the Guildhall School of music and Drama where he was awarded the Ricordi Conducting Prize. He later studied at the Los Angeles Philharmonic Institute with Leonard Bernstein. Mansur was conductor of the Istanbul State Opera between 1981 and 1989. Following a highly successful London debut with the English Chamber Orchestra in 1985, he conducted various orchestras and opera companies in Holland, France, Italy, The Czech Republic, Romania, Hungary, Germany, Sweden, Spain, Mexico, Israel, Croatia, South Africa, Finland and Russia, where he has been a frequent guest at the invitation of Valery Gergiev.

Between 1989 and 1996 Cem Mansur was Principal Conductor of the City of Oxford Orchestra and he was Artistic Director of the Akbank Chamber Orchestra between 1998 and 2011, winning special recognition for his creative programming. Orchestras he has recently conducted include: Helsinki Philharmonic, Britten Sinfonia, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, English Chamber Orchestra, London Mozart Players, City of London Sinfonia, BBC Concert Orchestra, George Enescu Philharmonic Orchestra (Bucharest), Concerto Grosso Frankfurt, Mexico City Philharmonic Orchestra and the Holland Park Opera Festival in London where he has appeared regularly since 1997.

He has appeared with many distinguished soloists including Murray Perahia, Salvatore Accardo, Janos Starker, Midori, Moura Lympany, Dmitri Alexeev, Barry Douglas, Stephen Kovacevich, Mikhail Rudy, Julian Lloyd-Webber, Galina Gorchakova, Christian Lindberg, Hakan Hardenberger, Dimitris Sgouros, Evelyn Glennie, Natalia Gutman, Alexander Toradze, Antonio Meneses and Sharon Bezaly.

Cem Mansur’s extensive repertoire includes many unusual works. He has conducted the first performance of Elgar’s unfinished opera “The Spanish Lady” in London and Offenbach’s opera “Whittington” had its first performance since its premiere in the 19th century, under his direction at the City of London Festival in 2000. Mansur is President of the Ipswich Choral Society, the second oldest such institution in England, and the founding musical director of the Turkish National Youth Orchestra. Currently, he is the General Art Director of Cemal Reşit Rey Concert Hall since October 2019.


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Presentation Languages: Turkish, English, French, German, Italian

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