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Composers Cauldron

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Performers and Lecturers


Olgu Kızılay - Sara Parkins - Ellen Jewett - Emmanuel Vukovich - Ceren Türkmenoğlu - Ali Başeğmezler - Laura Krentzman - Gözde Yaşar - Mehmet Gökhan Bağcı - Poyraz Baltacıgil  

Çağatay Akyol - Amir Amiri - Esra Berkman - Buğra Kutbay - Atakan Turaç 

Terms and Conditions


How to apply:

Fill out the application form

Upload two scores of original works with contrasting instrumentation.

If available, upload live or studio recordings of the same works.

Upload a CV/Resume.

Application deadline: June 28, 2023

5-day workshop  300 Euros

Financial assistance is available. Please indicate the reasons for your need on the application form.

Audio and video recording costs will be separate. You are free to bring your own equipment to the festival, or we will establish a price according to the demands.

Workshop, lodgings are going to be in Stoa Şirince

Food is provided by Stoa, including 3 meals per day plus snacks.

Choices of housing  per day including meals:

Single room  85 Euros per person

Double room 60 Euros per person

Triple room  55 Euros per person

4-person Bunk room 50 Euros per person

14- person Bunk room 40 Euros per person

Arrival date isthe night of 4th September, and departure date is the morning of  September 10th 

Note- food serving and cleaning is shared together by all the staff, teachers and participants residing at Stoa during the workshops.

For accommodation suggestions in nearby hotels and pensions, please click here

First application to Klasik Keyifler’s Composers Cauldron is free.

Your application will be evaluated by the composition faculty and the artistic directors of the KK festival. You will receive notification before July 2nd. After this, we will be communicating for further preparations and requirements. Short online sessions will be offered for those accepted composers in order to help in the composition phases.

Deadline for submitting the scores: August 15th


Once you are accepted,  you need to pay a

Registration fee of 25 Euros by July 7th

which will be deducted from the main tuition.

1st installment of the tuition (%50) and accommodation fee must be paid before July 21th.

2nd installment needs to be paid before Aug 11th

Failure to do so, will result in loosing your position, and registration fee will not reimbursed.

Note: Accommodation and food payments will be calculated according to your choices, and we will send you an iyzico link via WhatsApp/Email. Please make your payments before the deadline.

Details are in the payment page

If you have questions:

Tel/WhatsApp: +90 532 614 4955  / +90 533 629 9118


Stoa Courtyard

With the friendly support of

Composers Cauldron 23

September 5th- 10th  Şirince

This season KK will be joined by  Garth Knox a beloved figure for composers and string players alike. He began his performing career with Boulez and Ensemble InterContemporain, and was also a member of the Arditti String Quartet giving first performances of pieces by most of today’s leading composers including Ligeti, Kurtag, Berio, Xenakis, Lachenmann, Cage, Feldman and Stockhausen (the famous“Helicopter Quartet”). He has recently become a pioneer of the viola d’amore, exploring its possibilities in new music, with and without electronics, and is in the process of creating a new repertoire for this instrument.

Erberk Eryılmaz will lead the Composers Cauldron this summer. As a Turkish-American composer and performer recognized for bringing the energy of the folk music of his homeland to the concert stage with a creative and dramatic approach, his recent album of chamber works, "Dances of the Yogurt Maker" won a Grammy Award with producer Judith Sherman and received two gold medals at Global Music Awards in 2022.  His compositions have been performed at some of the world’s most important concert venues such as Carnegie Hall, Sydney Opera House, and the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C

They will share their insights and experiences with 8 selected participants through group lessons and they will also lead colloquiums on extended techniques for various instruments alongside guest performers.  Open rehearsals are offered for both the guest teachers’ works as well as the new compositions emerging from the participating composers.

The Composers Cauldron workshops provides a forum for young composers to refine their compositions under the guidance of internationally renowned composers. performers dedicated to contemporary performance practice, and to hear their music played and recorded by great players in amazing venues.

Composers will have the opportunity to delve into the rich musical traditions of Anatolia and explore techniques of contemporary music. With a pluralistic instrumentation, composers will be able to explore new sound worlds to express their musical thoughts.

8 composers will be selected to write  5 minute works for any combination of string quartet, kanun, bağlama, kaval/tütek/ney/zurna/sipsi/balaban, and asma davul. 


In celebration of our 10th festival, we would request that the new works could reflect a celebratory spirit- in each composers’ individual ways.

Past teachers:

Kamran Ince, Marc Mellits, Onur Turkmen, Stephen Hartke, Joel Brons, Tolga Yayalar, Kurt Rhode, Reuben de Lautour, Ozkan Manav, Michael Ellison, Mahir Cetiz.

Past Composers Cauldron YouTube Links:


Sei Solo 2020

Re-Imagining the Brandenburg Concertos

Performers will be selected from the Resident Artists.

Application Form
Composers Cauldron 23

Upload Score 1 PDF
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