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They are identical twins (obviously).
They are Turks (not obviously).
They are internationally acclaimed concert pianists.
Güher and Süher Pekinel made their public debut at only six years old, and have swept people of all continents away with their piano duets.
Piano Magazine has an interesting article, The Pekinels in Harmony, where the sisters explain how independent they are of each other. They discuss the "twinness" they fought against and how it helped define their unique style. Rather than being identical, the music of one compliments the other, almost as if they are finishing each other's thoughts. But not quite. Apparently, understanding your twin doesn't mean you are the same as your twin.
The Pekinels speak five languages: German, English, French, Turkish, and I don't know what the fifth language is, but I think music should count as a sixth. Their distinguished education includes credits and/or degrees from:
Conservatoire de Paris
Musikhochschule of Frankfurt
Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia
The Juilliard School - Masters
Bogaziçi University - Honorary PhD
All that international study qualifies them for TCK status, in my book.
The Pekinel Sisters are also Honorary State Artists of Turkey, and they are enthusiastic supporters of music education in Turkey and abroad. They established three projects for children:
- G&S Pekinel Music Department at TEVITOL, a private boading school for gifted students in Turkey
- "Young Musicians on World Stage", 13 scholarships for Turkish students to study internationally
- "Orff Schulwerk Project" to encourage creativity in pre-school and primary school students. In Turkey, Austria, and Germany
Pekinel sisters on stage with 13 young talents hurriyetdailynews.com