Musicians participated in KK
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Ellen Jewett - Özgecan Gencer - Gökhan Bağcı - Bengi Canatan - Cem Önertürk - Ufuk Soygürbüz Kıvanç Fındıklı - Hüseyin Uçar - Ozan Evruk
Ali Fuat Aydın
Artis Piyano Trio
Clyde T. Shaw
Cyrille van Poucke
Güç Başar Gülle
Jari Juhani Piper
Jean Phillipe Calvin
La Mer Quartet
Mehmet Gökhan Bağcı
Murat Salim Tokaç
Okan Murat Öztürk
Reuben de Lautour
Tolga Zafer Özdemir
Ellen Jewett, violin - Violinist, Ellen Jewett has performed in Europe, Japan, Africa, New Zealand, Canada and throughout the US in major venues such as Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall, Merkin hall and the Kennedy Center, both as recitalist and with groups such as Ensemble X, Taliesin Trio, American Chamber Players, New York Chamber Soloists the New York Chamber Ensemble, Apple HIll Chamber Players and the Mark Morris Dance Company. For 11 years Ellen Jewett was a member of the prize-winning Audubon Quartet with whom she performed over 150 concerts. Hailed by the New York Times for their “strikingly beautiful, luminescent sound” the quartet performed for 37 years throughout the US and abroad and coordinated an intensive string quartet seminar every summer at the Chautauqua Institute. They held their final concert there in the summer of 2011. Other chamber music collaborations include performances with Yo Yo Ma, James Buswell, Colin Carr, Eugenia Zuckerman, Anthony Newman, John O'Conor, Marcus Thompson, James Campbell, Eli Eban and Lydia Artymiw. An avid performer of contemporary music, she has performed many premiers and worked closely with such composers as Phillip Glass, Sir Michael Tippett, Leon Kirchener, John Harbison, Steven Mackey, Steven Stucky, and Joan Tower and has performed with important NY-based contemporary music ensembles such as Continuum, Sequiter and Ensemble X. She received her BM at Indiana University and MM at State University of New York, Stony Brook where her major teachers were Joyce Robbins, James Buswell and Josef Gingold. She worked intensively with members of the Julliard, Tokyo and Budapest string quartets and was privileged to perform under Leonard Bernstein and Seiji Ozawa. Ellen Jewett performed as one of the concertmasters of the Borusan Philharmonic for 3 years under the invitation of Gurer Aykal, has been a guest concertmaster of the Istanbul State Orchestra and is currently the founder and artistic director of Klasik Keyifler, a chamber music festival in Cappadocia. She has served on the faculties of McGill University, SUNY Stony Brook, Ithaca College, and joined the faculty of Ankara University in 2011. Ms. Jewett has recorded for Centaur, Chandos, Albany and Newport Classics.
Özgecan Gencer, Soprano-
Gokhan Bagci, Cello - Bagcı was born in Antalya in 1990. He was the principal cellist in Turkish National Philharmonic Orchestra, Ankara Youth Symphony Orchestra and Jungenc Philharmonic Orchestra. BAGCI also played in Ankara Philharmonic Orchestra, Antalya State Symphony Orchestra, Bursa Regional Symphony Orchestra, Istanbul Akbank Chamber Orchestra, Marmaris Chamber Orchestra, Samsun State Opera and Ballett of Orchestra and Orchestra Academic Başkent. He was also a part of Istanbul Youth Orchestras Festival ,Berlin Young Europe Festival, Festival of the Nations and Brunckner Festival under the names of orchestras above. In Istanbul Music Festival with the conductor Cem MANSUR, he played in the Turkey Premier of the Los Angeles Symphony by Arvo PART. In 2012 Bağcı joined the Hezarfen Ensemble and he played the Turkey premier of Michael ELLISON’s contemporary opera “Mevlana, Say I am”; and the world premier at Rotterdam Operadagen. He also played for the CD recording of this opera. He played a solo at Hezarfen Ensemble´s opening concert at “Manzara Istanbul”. Moreover he played concerts at the 22. Akbank Jazz Festival with the Yurodny Ensemble and within the Europe tour of Hezarfen Ensemble at the MaerzMusik Festival in Berlin (Kammermusiksaal der Philharmonie and Haus der Berliner Festspiele)He attended to the master classes such as, Prof. Peter Bruns, Johannes Moser, Wolgang Boettcher, Ruth Phillips, Mauro Valli, Benyamin Sonmez, Cağ Ercağ, Şölen Dikener, voilinist; Ellen Jewett, Özcan Ulucan,Orhan Ahıskal, Ruşen Güneş, Harald Herzl and he regularly joins concerts with Klasik Keyifler, Orchestra Academic Başkent, Hezarfen Ensemble, Octopus Ensemble, Agso Quartet, Ulus Chamber Orchestra and Ankara Youth Senfonia Orchestra every year.
Bengi Canatan, harp
Born in Ankara. Stepped in music in 2005 by taking orff classes from Nilgün Tuzkaya. In 2007, became a harp student of Mujgan Aydın by passing committee and enrolling at Hacettepe University Ankara State Conservatory In 2008, actively participated to the master classes of the French harpist and composer Benoit Wery. In 2012, been accepted to the orchestra by passing exams of Doğuş Kids Symphony Orchestra, travelled to İzmir with Turkish - Greek Youth Symphony Orchestra which has been under the baton of Orhun Orhon and also performed with Hacettepe Symphony Orchestra and Ankara Youth Symphony Orchestra which has been under the baton of Gürer Aykal. Participated to the jazz and modern music classes of İlhan Baran in same year. Between 2014 and 2015, participated to Bilkent Symphony Orchestra several times as a guest artist and performed with John Axelrod, Howard Griffiths and Santtu-Matias Rouvali. In 2015, participated to the masterclasses of Marie-Pierre Langlamet who is the principal artist of Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra and also participated to Uludağ University Youth Symphony Orchestra as a guest artist. Still continues her education in Hacettepe University Ankara State Conservatory.
Cem Önerturk was born in Ankara, Turkey in 1986. He started his music education when he was twelve years old by taking classes from Ilhan Baran. In 1999, he succeeded in the entry examination of Bilkent School of Music and Performing Arts and was admitted to the flute class of Stiliana Stavreva. Onerturk actively participated in the master classes of Gulsen Tatu, Robert Winn, Partick Gallois, Maurice Steger and Emmanuel Pahud.
In February, 2005 he performed as a solo flutist with Bilkent Youth Symphony Orchestra in support of UNICEF. He was awarded the “Yamaha Scholarship” in the year 2006; and the “DAAD Scholarship” in 2007. Onerturk won the first price in the “Cahit Koparal Flute Competition” in September, 2007. He performed concerts in Shanghai and Beijing in China; and in Munich and Berlin in Germany with the orchestra that was established as a part of the “Young Euro Classic” summer festival in 2008. During the concert season in 2009-2010, he performed A. Khachaturian’s flute concerto as a solo flutist with the Antalya State Symphony Orchestra. He went to the Unites States and Canada and performed as a solo flutist “Castleton Festival Orchestra” that was conducted by Lorin Maazel in July, 2011.
Önerturk graduated from the Faculty of Music and Performing Arts of Bilkent University in June 2007 with the honor degree and accepted to the Master Classes program of “Hochschule fur Musik und Theater Hannover” and “Hochschule fur Musik und Theater Munchen”. He completed his masters degree in September, 2011 in the Hochschule fur Musik und Theater Munchen after studying with Prof. Andras Adorjan for over a two year period than completed his DMA studies in June, 2013 in the Music and Performing Arts Institute of the Bilkent University in Ankara, Turkey.
Cem Önertürk is teaching flute in Bilkent University and Ankara University since 2013 and performing concerts with Hezarfen Ensemble, Bilkent Symphony Orchestra, Tekfen Philarmonie Orchestra, Hezarfen Ensemble, Anatolian Wind Quartet, Goodfellas Ensemble.
Ufuk Soygürbüz, obua
Kıvanç Fındıklı, klarnet
Hüseyin Uçar, korno
Ozan Erkavruk, fagot
Ali Başeğmezler, viola
He was born in Ankara Turkey. He started his music education first in Bilkent University then Hacettepe Ankara Conservatory with Feza Gökmen. After his graduation he went to Leipzig "Hochschule für Musik und Theater – Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy" to continue studying with Prof. Tatjana Masurenko in 2001. By the time he also played as a tutti viola in "Halle Opernhaus" (2002-2004) and practiced under the guidance of world famous viola players such as Bruno Guiranna, Stefan Kamasa and Nobuko Imai.
He finished his graduate (2006) and masters degree (2008) with the title "very good".
Since 1997 he has played with many orchestras through Europe as a guest or as a soloist. He performed Nejat Basegmezler’s Viola Concerto "Lausanne" as a World premiere with the Presidential Symphony Orchestra Ankara in 2008.
During the period 2005-2014, he was the principal violist of Camerata – The Friends of Music orchestra in Athens
He is the violist of Tetraktys Quartet, which has been nominated by Megaron-The Athens Concert Hall as ECHO Rising Stars for 2011-2012. In this framework the Quartet has performed in most of the European Concert Halls, such Het Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Cité de la Musique Paris (quartet biennale dedicated to Wolfagang Rihm), Luxembourg Philharmonie, Palais des Beaux-Arts Brussels, Elbphilharmonie Hamburg, Kölner Philharmonie, Musikverein Wien, Laeiszhalle Hamburg, Town Hall & Symphony Hall Birmingham, Stockholms Konserthus and L’Auditori Barcelona, receiving praising reviews from the audience and the Press. In August 2011 they have participated in “Klasik Keyifler Festival” in Cappadocia. In 2014 the quartet has also performed in Carnegie Hall.
He is also founding member of ERGON Ensemble, which is founded with the assistance of the famous Ensemble Modern.
He is a representative of baglama which is one of the basic musical instruments of the traditional turkish folk music and concentrated on zeybek music. He was born in Aydin-Karpuzlu-Ektirli in 1973 and graduated from Bornova Anatolian High School in Izmir (1991) and the Department of Electrical and Electronics Engineering of the Middle East Technical University (METU) in Ankara (1998).
While studying at METU he gave courses on baglama, as well as being president of the executive council of METU Turkish Folklore Club, one of the university's cultural clubs (1994-1996); he also conducted the club's Turkish Folk Music Choir (1995). After his graduation he continued to lecture on baglama during his military service. Some years later he returned to conducting the choir, travelling from Izmir to Ankara at weekends over a period of two years (2002-2003).
He has made a significant contribution to the repertoire of Turkish Folk Music with his collecting activities in several regions, especially Aydin, Mugla and Izmir. He has mainly worked on “slow zeybeks” and the main element of his collections is the “kaba zurna” culture in Germencik and Milas.
His articles on musical subjects, mainly on Turkish Music, have been published in various publications and he has presented papers in various conferences abroad. Meanwhile, he has also participated in many studio recordings, concerts, radio and TV programs as a musician and a researcher.
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Akemi Takayama, violin
Amy Salsgiver, percussion
She is a is a native of Cleveland, Ohio. She has performed in a wide variety of ensembles encompassing many genres, including orchestral, off-Broadway, Afro-Cuban, street theater, and contemporary chamber music, in cities like New York , London, Dublin, and Istanbul. She gave the Irish premier of Steve Reich's Music for 18 Musicians, toured the Eastern United States with the Philadelphia Virtuosi, performed with Alarm Will Sound, toured Colombia and Kosovo as a member of Bond Street Theater with sponsorship from Unicef, and given several official and unofficial Turkish premiers of important contemporary works.
In 2003, Amy moved to Istanbul, where she has been performing with the Borusan Istanbul Philharmonic Orchestra and the Bilkent Symphony Orchestra. She presents concerts and workshops about new music, percussion, composing for percussion, and West African xylophone music.
Amy is a co-creator of the Istanbul-based mostly-percussion group SA.NE.NA, which performs important contemporary repertoire, their own compositions, new works by young Turkish composers, and does collaborations with other musicians and bands.
In addition to the Hezarfen Ensemble, she is a member of the Istanbul Modern Music Ensemble as well as the Diskant Ensemble, which are dedicated to the performance of contemporary music. She is also active in the free improvisation and rock music scene in Istanbul, performing with Ceylan Ertem, 123, and members of Konstrukt among others.
Amy holds a Bachelor of Music Degree from Manhattan School of Music and a Post-Graduate Diploma from the Royal College of Music in London. She also holds a Masters Degree from Istanbul Technical University's MIAM (Center for Advanced Musical Research) where she is currently on faculty as performer-in-residence.
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Atilla Aldemir, viola
Born in Istanbul, Atilla Aldemir graduated the Mimar Sinan University College of Music, in his native city of Istanbul, Turkey, in 1994. With a scholarship from the Dr. Nejat F. Eczacıbaşı Foundation, he went to Germany to study with Prof. Lukas David at the Detmold Hochschule für Musik, from which he graduated with the “Künstlerische Reifeprüfung” diploma in 1999. He then studied for the “Konzertexamen” (soloist diploma) at Folkwang Hochschule Essen with Prof. Mintcho Mintchev and graduated with “honour degree” in 2002.
In 2007, Aldemir was awarded the second prize in the violin category at the 14th International Johannes Brahms Competition and two special prizes. Winning the third prize for his viola performance in the same competition in 2008, as well as the award for best interpretation of a contemporary work. The artist’s other accomplishments include “The passion for music, strong artistic temperament” award in the 2006 Premio R. Lipizer Competition, laurent of the 8th International Violin Competition Vaclav Hulm in Zagreb 2005, Essen Folkwangpreis 2002, Westphalia Culture Award 1998, and first prize in the International Violin Competition Istanbul in 2000. Aldemir has already given concerts in many European countries, the USA, performed in concert halls such as Berlin Philharmonic Hall, Konzerthaus Vienna, and Musikverein Vienna, played with orchestras such as Orchestre National Montpellier and Bordeaux, Camerata Salzburg, Vienna Philharmonia, Zagreb Philharmonic, Konzerthaus Chamber Orchestra Berlin and all State Symphonic Orchestras in Turkey. He worked with conductors such as Lawrence Foster, Sascha Göztl, Gürer Aykal.
In 2003 he recorded a CD entitled “The Contemporary Voice of Turkish Music” for Dreyer Gaido Productions in Berlin. Fono Forum music magazine praised the recording, saying “It must be considered a great stroke of luck that Aldemir and Karayel fully committed themselves to this highly unconventional programme”. The artist has performed with highly acclaimed musicians, among them the pianist Fazıl Say, Itamar Golan, Hüseyin Sermet, Leschenko Polina and Jeremy Menuhin.
Since 2002, Aldemir has continued his studies with Barbara Gorzynska and Prof. Matthias Maurer in Vienna. In his concerts, he plays a J.B. Vuillaume violin from the year 1840, which was kindly financed for him by the Circle of Internationally Operating Turkish Businessmen and a Zanetto Peregrino viola from the year 1560.
Aldemir has been awarded the prestigious Donizetti Music Awards of Turkey as 'The Best String Player of the Year 2011'. He is the Co-Principal Viola of the Konzerthaus Orchestra Berlin.
Artis Piyano Trio
Ayşegül Koca, guitar
Aysen Ulucan, violin
Born in 1985, Ayşen Ulucan started playing the violin under the guidance of her brother Özcan Ulucan. Aged 6, she was accepted to the class of Veniamin Varshawsky at Istanbul University State Conservatory. Her later teachers included Cihat Aşkın and Genoveva Burova, from the class of whom she graduated in 2003.
She started her studies at Musikhochschule Freiburg in 2004 in the class of Latica H. Rosenberg. She later studied with Rainer Kussmaul and succesfully completed her post graduate studies in the class of Muriel Cantoreggi at the same school.
She has attended mastercourses and had the opportunity to work with musicians such as Viktor Pikaisen, Ayla Erduran, Rosa Fain, Ida Haendel, Zakhar Bron, Pavel Vernikov, Svetlana Makarova.
As a soloist, she played with Baden Baden Philharmonic, Hochachulorchester der Mucikhochschule Freiburg, Orquestra Sinfonica da Minas Gerais (Brazil), Antalya, İzmir, Adana and İstanbul State Symphony Orchestras.
She plays a violin made by E. Tunalı - a copy of Heifetz del Gesu- which she got as a prize at the International Violin Competition Nuri İyicil held in İstanbul.
Beste Tıknaz Modiri, viola
The violinist Bianca Adamek was born in 1989 in Moers, Germany. She got her first violin lesson at the age of five. 2003 she became a student of Prof. Petru Munteanu at the Rostock University of Music and Theatre and from 2008-2010 she studied at the Folkwang University of Arts in Essen with Nikolai Mintchev. Between 2010-2012 she studied with Prof. Rainer Küchl at the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna. From 2012 she continued her studies at the University of Arts in Berlin with Prof. Mark Gothoni. After her graduation she begann her Masters, also at the University of Arts in Berlin with Prof. Mark Gothoni. During her childhood she won several prizes at the German national competition “Jugend musiziert”. In 2002 she won the 2nd prize at the competiton “Young musician” in Tallinn/Estonia, in 2003 she was a finalist at the International Violin Competition “Andrea Postacchini” in Fermo (Italy) and won the 4th prize at the International Violin Competition “Kloster Schontal”, and received a European encouragement prize for young artists by the Foundation Pro Europa. These led her at age of 11 as a soloist on the stages. Since her studies, she took part in several masterclasses with prominent teachers she hes been focusing very much on chamber music. She was a member of Young Euro Classic Festival Orchestra in China, Germany and India and was invited as a faculty member and principal to Bangalore by India National Youth Orchestra. In season 2013-2014 she had a traineeship at the Orchestra Academy of Deutsche Oper Berlin. From the 2014-2015 season on she has been working also as a trainee at the Orchestra Academy Deutsche-Symphonie Orchester Berlin.
Birsen Ulucan, piano
Born in the city of Shumen, Bulgaria, Birsen Ulucan started learning the piano at the age of seven. In 1984 she was admitted to the piano class of Ekaterina Tszetkova at the Dobri Hristov Music School in Varna. In 1982 she took second in the National 'Svetoslav Obretenov' Music Contest, in 1983 first in the performance branch of the National Radio Competition held in Bulgaria and second in composition, and in 1988 second in the 'Interpretation of Bulgarian and Russian Composers' Competition which she entered in Bulgaria. In 1989 she graduated from the music school and that same year emigrated to Turkey with her family. At the Istanbul State Conservatory she studied under Prof. Meral Yapalı, receiving her diploma after one year, and for four years taught there as a lecturer. In 1992 she and her brother Özcan Ulucan entered the International R. Lipizer Violin Competition held in Italy, and as a violin-piano duo shared the prize for the best interpretation of a Beethoven sonata. She continued her education in the class of Joan Havill at the Guildhall School of Music in London, having been awarded a fellowship in 1993 by the Turkish Education Foundation and an additional grant by the Eczacıbaşı Culture and Art Foundation. In 1996 she received the Soloist Diploma from this school, the equivalent of a Master's degree, and that same year won first prize in the Smith Kline Beecham Music Contest held at Oxford, where she gave concerts. From 1997-99 Birsen Ulucan studied at the City University of London and was awarded a doctorate, and she performed the Liszt Piano Concerto at St. John Smith Square, one of London's most prestigious concert halls. From 2000-2004 the artist was employed as a pianist in the class of the world-famous violinist Maxim Vengerov at the Saarbrücken Music Academy in Germany, thus having the opportunity to study and work on the major compositions in the piano-violin repertoire. Since 1989 she has played with Vienna Chamber Orchestra, Ferenc Liszt Chamber Orchestra and the leading orchestras of Turkey. She has also given concerts at such festivals as the Salzburg Mozarteum (1996), International Istanbul Festival (1992 and 1993), France International Flain Music Festival (1996) and Cyprus Bellapais Music Festival and has given concerts in Bulgaria, Turkey, Germany, the United Kingdom, the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus, Italy, France, Austria, Israel and Portugal, the artist continues with her solo and chamber music concerts.
Burcu Yazıcı, viola
Yazici began her first music education with Prof. Basegmezler at Ankara State Conservatory. In 1993, she won an audition to participate Mediterranean Youth Orchestra as a principle violist and traveled Europe. After her bachelor degree she continued her musical career in the USA (1995). She had an assistantship from Louisiana State University (1996-98) and Florida State University (1998-2002) to do her masters and doctoral degrees. She has worked with Prof. Jerzy Kosmala and Prof. Pamela Ryan. During her assistantship, Yazici had viola and chamber music students. She had also been a tutor at FSU summer school. During her master, she gave chamber music concerts and solo recitals and graduated in 2001 from FSU. After graduation she had been accepted in doctoral program at FSU with a special scholarship as a quartet member (Quartet alla Turca). The group had been granted the first award in Numus Chamber Music Competition which was organized in Canada, May 2002.
In 2002 Yazici won the full time position as a tutti viola and Sturges Quartet member at Arkansas Symphony Orchestra. She gave many quartet and orchestra concerts for 2 years at nearly all cities of Arkansas. She also taught viola at Arkansas State University. Besides her recitals, she gave concerts as a soloist with many orchestras such as Bursa Region Symphony Orchestra and Eskisehir Municipal Symphony Orchestra. In 2004, Yazici accepted a position at Anadolu University, Eskisehir, Turkey, as associate professor to teach viola and chamber music. She had been head of string department for many years. She has been also a member of Borusan Istanbul Philharmonic Orchestra since 2008. Recently (October 2016) she gave a solo recital at California University, Fresno and did the first performance of Adnan Saygun Partita. Also she gave a masterclass. Burcu Yazici continues her career as a teacher and gives masterclasses, solo and chamber music concerts within the country and abroad. She is also the Music Department Erasmus Coordinator and Chamber Music Coordinator at Anadolu University.
BM, Oberlin College;
MM, Eastman School of Music, University of Rochester.
Cem Aksel, Caz Drum,
Cem Aksel was born in Ankara on 17 February 1963. After primary school his moved to Istanbul with his family. He started his music professionally while he was in high school. After obtaining a French Teaching Degree at the Istanbul University, he continued his musical studies in Switzerland, where he studied Jazz and Percussion for one year. Upon his return, he started to make a living with music. At the start of his career, he worked with Emin Fındıkoğlu and Onno Tunç. In 1990 he joined Bülent Ortaçgil’s orchestra, where he is currently still working. Cem has worked with many influential Turkish artists in the genres of Jazz, Pop and Alternative music. He played drums in over 150 Turkish and international album recordings. He largely played in Nardis Jazz Club and has taken part in countless Turkish and international Jazz festivals, his role ranging from trios to Big Bands. As of 1989 he has been widening his field by organising workshops, giving private lessons and teaching at music schools. In his free time, he records music professionally at home and likes to sail. He is married and divides his time between Ankara and Istanbul.
Born in Ankara 1973. He received a bachelor’s degree in 1995, a master’s degree in 1998 and a Ph.D.in 2003 from the Mining Engineering Department of Middle East Technical University. In 2006 he received a master’s degree in Musicology from Başkent University and in 2012 he received a Ph.D. in Turkish Religious Music from Ankara University Faculty of Divinity. Currently he is working as an Associate Professor of Musicology in Yıldırm Beyazıt University Conservatory for Turkish Music being mainly concentrated on "Turkish Music Theory" and "Turkish Religious Music". As a bağlama performer he had the chance of being inspired from many musicians like Erhan Kürkçü, Mehmet Semiz, Okan Murat Öztürk, Veysel Aydın, Selçuk Sipahioğlu, Hasan Erdoğan, Süleyman Erguner, Tahir Aydoğdu, Durul Gence, Murat Arkan, Erkan Oğur, Murat Salim Tokaç, Ali Fuat Aydın, Sarp Maden, Muammer Ketencoğlu and forming groups like ABİS-Experimental Music Ensemble, Mediterranean Orchestra, Yağmur Öncesi ve METU Turkish Folklore Club Bağlama Orchestra. As a performer and researcher he had taken place as a speaker and director in many symposiums, conferences, concerts, seminars, workshops, masterclasses, TV-Radio programs and CD projects worldwide.
Carol Ou, cello
A versatile artist, cellist Carol Ou is widely known for her fiery, impassioned, and insightful performances. As the cellist of the Carpe Diem String Quartet, she frequently tours all over the US performing a vast array of classical and contemporary repertoire along with crossover music. She also concertizes with her duo partner, the brilliant American violinist, James Buswell.
At ease with the diverse musical styles of the last five centuries, Ou often programs traditional European masterworks with zesty and eclectic works in concert. She has recorded three of the most beloved cello concerti by Haydn, Tchaikovsky, and Elgar along with several romantic works for cello and piano. In addition, she regularly premieres and records new compositions written for her, her duo, and her quartet.
Her discography includes numerous solo and chamber music recordings. The Chi-Mei Foundation in Taiwan issues all of her solo discs. Her recordings of Taneyev’s string quartets with Carpe Diem String Quartet are distributed by Naxos. Albany Records will soon release the “Calligraphy” string quartets by Reza Vali. Her recording of Walter Piston's Chamber Music won the 2001 Chamber Music America's Best Chamber Music CD award.
A graduate of Yale University, Ou has taught cello students at Yale and MIT, directed the strings, chamber music and orchestra programs at Gordon College, and taught cello and chamber music students at numerous music festivals all over the world. She is currently on the faculty at New England Conservatory of Music in Boston where she teaches chamber music at the collegiate division and maintains a full studio of cello students through the preparatory and continuing education divisions. She is also assistant chair of strings at NEC’s continuing education division. Outside of her regular teaching duties, Ou travels internationally to teach cello and chamber music master classes on five continents.
Clyde Thomas Shaw, çello
CYRILLE VAN POUCKE, Trompet
Çağ Erçağ, çello
Çağdaş ÖZKAN , piano
Described as “...the most sensitive duo pianist” by Turkey’s leading classical music magazine “Andante”, Çağdaş Özkan has appeared in numerous concerts in USA and in his native Turkey. As a chamber musician and collaborative pianist Mr. Özkan has a significant repertoire and knowledge in instrtumental and vocal music. Some of Mr. Özkan’s performance venues include New York City’s Alice Tully Hall and The Juilliard School’s Paul and Morse Halls. As an orchestral pianist, Çağdaş Özkan has appeared as a member of the Juilliard Orchestra in John Adams’ “City Noir” in its New York premiere in Carnegie Hall.
As a demanded studio pianist, Mr. Özkan worked closely with the faculty of the Juilliard School such as Naoko Tanaka, Stephen Clapp, Ronald Copes and Robert C. White. Mr. Özkan has also participated in summer festivals such as Aspen Music Festival (2010) and Music Academy of the West (2011) as a Collaborative Piano Fellow.
A graduate of New York City’s The Juilliard School, Mr. Özkan is a recipient of American Turkish Society’s “Ahmet Ertegün Scholarship”, “Borusan Music Scholarship” and “Mitzi Scholarship”. Çağdaş Özkan holds a Master of Music degree from The Juilliard School in Collaborative Piano and Bachelor of Music degree from Bilkent University, Turkey. His principal teachers include Jonathan Feldman, Margo Garrett, Zarema Safarova and Prof. Ersin Onay. Also, he studied French diction and vocal literature with Tom Grubb, German diction with Marienne Barrett and German vocal literature with JJ Penna and Italian diction with Corradina Caporello.
Mr. Özkan currently works as a vocal coach and repetiteur at the Anadolu University in Eskişehir, Turkey and Uludağ University in Bursa, Turkey.
An avid accordion player, Çağdaş Özkan enjoys playing traditional folk music and his own arrengements since the age of four.
Çetin Aydar, viyola
Dave Allen , jazz guitar, composer - is one of the more distinctive voices on his instrument today. He has continually sought to forge a unique vision through his playing and writing, one that features lyrical melodies with lilting, complex rhythms and rich, intricate harmonies. At the age of 16, Allen was already recognized by Guitar Player Magazine as a talent to watch. Born in Philadelphia, Allen moved to New York in 1988 to attend the Manhattan School of Music. Leading his own groups for the past 20 years, Allen has has worked with many of the most exciting young players in New York City, including David Liebman, Mark Turner,, Seamus Blake, Jeff Ballard, Ravi Coltrane, Drew Gress, Donny McCaslin, Dave Binney, Marcus Gilmore, Tyshawn Sorey, Miguel Zenon, Ted Poor, Tom Rainey, and many others.
Allen has two critically acclaimed CDs featuring his original compositions; "Untold Stories" and "Real and Imagined"
Allen is also seeking ways to integrate his passion for other art forms, such as poetry, film and painting into his musical projects. Deeply influenced by poets such as Wallace Stevens and Adrienne Rich, the visionary experimental filmmaker Stan Brakhage, and the painters Willem DeKooning and Anselm Kiefer.
He is currently writing new music for his next CD.
"Mr. Allen is a guitarist with a coolly modernistic sensibility, as he demonstrates on a forthcoming album, “Real and Imagined” (Fresh Sound New Talent)." - Nate Chinen, New York Times
"Allen has found a true voice, his effortless technique downplays the apparent complexity, paradoxically creating a cool surface sheen that has a white heat glowing beneath it...music that seduces both the body and mind, again and again." - Budd Kopman, All About Jazz
"Dave Allen is one of a number of spitfire jazz guitarists raising the bar on that ever-popular instrument. But Allen offers more than battle-ready chops—his Untold Stories and Real and Imagined are about original music, loftily conceived, with graceful melodic content and subtle rhythmic challenges. He’s got the pull to assemble world-class bands every time out." - David Adler, Jazz Times Magazine “An exciting and unique player in the mold of Pat Metheny, Ben Monder and Adam Rogers. Monster chops, harmonic resourcefulness, strong melodic sense, seamless group interaction, considerable compositional talent and a kick-ass group of talented players make this CD an electrifying piece of work." - Lyle Robinson, Jazzguitarlife.com
"Allen has a fully developed and mature approach to composition, technical command of his instrument, and the inspirational fortitude to pull wonderful music from the ensemble. Each piece is like an aural painting or film in the way it slides across the psyche." - Farrell Lowe, All About Jazz "Allen has what could be dubbed as “string-imagination,” the ability to quickly form and rethink patterns like moving water--flowing, lucid and spontaneous, paired with superior comping skills--filling in the gaps with creative touches and chord-work." - Mark F. Turner, All About Jazz "A number of tracks have melodies that etched themselves in my mind. The music is full of subtlety. Allen has no seeming limit to histechnique, but he always puts it to good musical ends.” - Budd Kopman, AllAboutJazz.com “There is a true sensuality to the guitarist’s sound... unfolding his lines with an edge-of-your-seat stealth” - Jim Macnie, Village Voice
"Allen has a fully developed and mature approach to composition, technical command of his instrument, and the inspirational fortitude to pull wonderful music from the ensemble. Each piece is like an aural painting or film in the way it slides across the psyche." – Budd Kopman, All About Jazz
"Drawing inspiration from the deep trough of jazz tradition, the wider world of art and the shape of jazz to come, Dave Allen is one of New York's most promising talents". – David Adler, Downbeat Critic
Demre Erdem, obua
Demre Erdem was born in December 1995,Ankara/Turkey.She started her music education in Bilkent University Music Preparation Middle-School with Ayşe Sezer. From the next year on, she started to join the worlwide oboists Masterclasses such as Hansjörg Schellenberger. She continued her education with Selçuk Akyol from High School on.She also practised with Violetta Lupu in that time.Meanwhile she became a member of Bilkent Youth Symphony Orchestra, Doğuş Youth Symphony Orchestra and Ankara Youth Symphony Orchestra.İn 2010-2011she worked actively twice with Prof. Christian Schneider and this was the first step for her future Europe education.The next year she participated in the İnternational Turkish Youth Symphony Orchestra and worked with Fazıl Say and Gürer Aykal.İn 2012, with the helps of Prof. Schneider,she started the go to Germany and work with the famous Professors She worked with Prof. Christian Wetzel and Prof.Washington Barella in Markneukirchen Music Festival and gave concerts.In the summer of 2012, she made a tour to France with Ankara Youth Symphony Orchestra.İn Fall 2012, she was invited to the masterclass of the Solo-Oboist of Berlin Philharmonie Orchestra , Albrecht Mayer and this was the time she was convinced to start her Bachelor education in Berlin. İn 2013 she joıned the masterclasses of Prof.İngo Goritzki and Yeon-HeeKwak actively.She worked with Prof.Gregor Witt and qualified to become a student in his class.In summer 2013, she joined to ‘Klasik Keyifler’ with AGSO chamber orchestra.She also gave concerts with chamber music and solistic work there.In January 2014, she won the auditions in Universitat der Künste (UdK) Berlin and became a student of Prof.Washıngon Barella’s Oboe class.In April 2014, for the 31st Ankara Classical Music Festival’s opening concert, she performed J. Haydn’s C-Dur Oboe Concerto. İn spring 2015 Erdem had performed W.A. Mozart’s Oboe Quartett and J.S.Bach’s Oboe D’amore Concerto in Ankara Mozarthaus Culture and Arts house with the accompany of the AGSO string quartet.
She performed the Oboe’Damore Concerto with the instrument belong to Albrecht Mayer, whıch was given to her for her concerts.She made the Prömier of the Concerto with this concert.She also performed the Oboe’Damore Concerto in Antalya with the accompany of Antalya Chamber Orchestra.She performed with AGSO as the group leader for the Festival’s closing concert.Erdem continues her Bachelor studies in Berlin with Prof.Washıngton Barella.
Doris Lederer, viyola
Efdal Altun, viyola
Elena Cecconi, flute
Elif Önal completed her Bachelor and Master’s degrees at Istanbul University State Conservatory under the guidance of Prof. Tuvana Alton, and her Doctoral degree at Bilkent University with Prof. Namık Sultanov and Gülnara Aziz. She participated in masterclasses with Leontina Margilus, Frank Braley, Gülsin Onay, Hüseyin Sermet, Roland Batik in Vienna and Christopher Lieske in Salzburg Mozarteum.
Önal received the “best interpretation of Turkish piece” prize at ANAÇEV Piano Competition. As a founder of “Bilkent Su Trio”, they received “2011 Donizetti Awards – Best Classical Music Ensemble Prize” awarded by Andante magazine. She currently teaches at Ankara University State Conservatory.
Elinor Frey, cello
Fascinated with the cello’s origins and the creative process of new music, Elinor Frey plays both period and modern instruments. Frey’s honors include a US-Italy Fulbright Fellowship where she studied baroque cello with Paolo Beschi, the SSHRC Canada Graduate Scholarship, and American Musicological Society and Canada Council for the Arts grants facilitating her work on Italian cello music. In recent seasons she has performed with Les Idées hereuses, Tafelmusik, Ensemble Caprice, Studio de musique ancienne, Theatre of Early Music, Les Violon du Roy, Arion, and Bradamante, as well as with her quartet, Pallade Musica, grand prize winners of the 2012 Early Music America Baroque Performance Competition and second prize winners in the 2014 International Van Wassenaer Competition in Utrecht.
Frey’s debut album, Dialoghi, is titled for the solo piece written for her by Steven Stucky. Her two releases on the Belgian label Passacaille include Berlin Sonatas(2015) with Lorenzo Ghielmi on fortepiano and La voce del violoncello (2013), praised for its “careful scholarship and brilliant layering of moods and tempos” (Toronto Star) and for the “honest, reflective beauty of her music making” (Strings). Her performance of this program was the winner of the public prize at the 2013 Utrecht Early Music Festival Fringe. Frey holds degrees from McGill, Mannes, and Juilliard.
She was the original Cellist of the Hezarfen Emsemble and she performed at MIAM Borusan Music House.
Emre Erdoğan was born on November 1st, 1982 in Tokat. He finished his primary, secondary, and high school education in Ankara. He started his university education in 1999 at Konya Selçuk University in Classical Turkish Music Conservatory and graduated from university in 2004. In the academic year 2004-2005, he started his teaching career at Kayseri Erciyes University in the faculty of Fine Arts, the department of Music. In 2010, he received his Master’s degree in the same institution. He’s still an instructor in the faculty of Fine Arts, the department of Music at Erciyes University and is currently pursuing a PhD degree at Gazi University, Classical Turkish Music Conservatory.
Erato Alakiozidou, piano
Eren Sualp, guitar
47. International Guitar Competition “Michele Pittaluga” first prize winner Eren Sualp was born in 1987 in Ankara. He began playing classical guitar in 1996. In the same year he took private lessons from the international guitar virtuoso Ahmet Kanneci.
Dating from 1998, he participated in the master classes offered by the world famous virtuosos such as Alirio Diaz, Alvaro Pierri, Jorge Cardoso, Tillman Hoppstock, Jozef Zsapka, Carlo Marchione and many more in various guitar festivals.
In July 1999 he won the first prize at the International Guitar Competition in Orleans, France and won the third prize in October 2000 at III. Antonio Lauro Classical Guitar Competition in Ankara. In June 2002, at Amasya Guitar Festival he earned a scholarship to attend to the International Guitar Competition in Orleans, France, where he was awarded the first prize in July 2002. In November 2011 he won the second prize at the Andres Segovia International Guitar Competition in Linares, Spain. In June 2014 he was awarded second prize at the Hubert Kappel Guitar Competition in Koblenz, Germany. In September 2014 he won the first prize in 47. Michele Pittaluga Guitar Competition in Alessandria, Italy and became the first Turkish guitar player to achieve any award in this competition. He was also awarded many more prizes in Turkey and Europe.
In 2005, he graduated from both the Part-time Guitar Department of Hacettepe University State Conservatory and Özel Büyük High School.
In 2006, he decided to collect his studies of each year in a CD. He has released five so far. Latest of them which is called “Latin & Jazz Impressions” can be found on some online music shops like “Amazon” and “Itunes”.
His repertoire includes J. Rodrigo – Concierto de Aranjuez, H. Villa-Lobos – Guitar Concerto, M.Giuliani – Concerto No.1 and many more guitar concertos.
Eren Süalp, who has performed guitar recitals in various places across the world graduated from the Hacettepe University Ankara State Conservatory Guitar Art Department Bachelor Degree in 2009 and Master’s Degree in 2014.
Erman Imayhan, cello
Ernest Rombout, oboe
Esen Kıvrak, keman
Esin Gündüz, besteci,vokal
Gökhan Aybulus, piyano
Güç Başar Gülle, Besteci, Ud
Irini Kyriakidou, soprano
Ildiko Moog, violin
Born in Hungary, she started her music and violin education when she was six years old at the Zoltan KODALY Music School. Her graduated from higher education from the Budapest Bela BARTOK Conservatory and began working with the Budapest Symphony Orchestra. She was awarded first prize at the Weyner LEO and Belgrade Violin Competitions. Following this, she won third prize at one of the world’s most prestigious competitions, the ARD Violin Competition held in Munich. She left Hungary in 1972 and joined Prof. Tibor VARGA’s masterclass in Germany with a scholarship, where she began working with Varga and graduated in 1975 with the highest degree. She played with many orchestras in Germany as a soloist and gave countless concerts with the Bell’Arte Quartet. She was a teaching staff member at the Tibor Varga Masterclass in Sion, Switzerland, for five years. In addition to her position as first violin in the Freiburg Philharmonic Orchestra, she held a professorship at the Freiburg Akademi. After retiring, she began working as concertmaster at the Samsun State Opera and Ballet. Professor Moog is currently working at the Hacettepe University State Conservatory as well as performing concerts at the “Camerata Ankara” which was founded under her leadership.
Harald Herzl, keman
Harrie Starreveld, flute
HEATHER CARPENTER ÖZALTUN, Piyano
HEATHER TAVES, piyano
Heidi Hoffman, cello
Violinist James Buswell taught at New England Conservatory from 1987 through 2014.
Buswell has performed as a solo violinist with virtually all of the major orchestras in North America, and throughout Europe, Asia, South America, and Australia as well. In this capacity, he has appeared in over one hundred solo works for violin and orchestra.
His regular professional activities also include solo and chamber music recitals, conducting, teaching, lecturing, and writing. In recital, he is noted for adventuresome programming, regularly combining standard masterpieces with works off the beaten path.
Early in his career he was an artist-member of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center in New York. The music of Johann Sebastian Bach has played a large role in Buswell's life. He narrated and performed in a documentary for the PBS network entitled "The Stations of Bach," and also released a recording of the complete solo sonatas and partitas on the Centaur label.
Buswell is well known for championing new music, including neglected masterpieces from the 20th century. On the Naxos label, he recorded award-winning CDs of the Samuel Barber concerto and the concerti of Walter Piston and received a Grammy nomination for his recording of the Samuel Barber violin concerto. World premiere performances include works by Charles Wuorinen, Donald Erb, Ned Rorem, Leon Kirchner, John Harbison, and Yehudi Wyner.
Recent travels for concerts, masterclasses, and international competition adjudications have taken him to to Korea, Taiwan, Japan, Thailand, Argentina, Australia, Spain, Germany, Ukraine, and the Czech Republic.
Buswell's early training was at the Juilliard School where he was a pupil of Ivan Galamian, and he continued his studies at Harvard University where he majored in Renaissance Art.
Jari Juhani Piper, cello-
Alaskan-born, Istanbul-based cellist Jari Juhani Piper is as comfortable performing in the concert hall as well as bars, cafes, or the metro. Named 2013 Young Alaskan Artist of the Year, Jari has made his carreer performing solo recitals around America and across the world.
Classically trained, Jari is part of the new wave of young musicians who are showing the world that art music belongs both in and outside the concert hall, performing New Music that will bend your ears in ways that you did not think possible (and you’ll like it). His music takes inspiration from a global range of genres and influences: Classical, Jazz, Minimalism, and folk music from the Balkans and the Americas all feature within his programs. A firm believer in the importance of New Music, Jari has premiered numerous compositions, and strives to make modern music more universally accessible to the public through performance. Although the bulk of his programmes consist of 20th and 21st century music, Jari loves the opportunity to perform Baroque, Classical, and Romantic music as well.
Jari has performed across the United States, Alaska, Canada, Greece, Turkey, and most recently at the Rostropovich House Museam in Baku, Azerbaijan. He made his solo debut in 2011, performing Haydn’s Cello Concerto No. 1 with the University of Manitoba Symphony Orchestra. He has broadened his education through a number of master classes with noted pedagogues and performers such as Colin Carr, Hans Jensen, Matt Haimovitz, and David Harrington. He holds a Masters in Music Performance from McGill University and a B. Mus from the University of Manitoba. Jari counts Dr. Minna Rose Chung, Yegor Dyachkov, and Linda Ottum as his principal teachers.
Jerfi Aji, piano
Born in Istanbul in 1976, Jerfi Aji started his piano training at the age of five with private lessons from Zeynep Aksoy Eğilmez. He continued his piano studies with Hülya Ardıç, while pursuing a bachelor’s degree in textile engineering at ITU. Aji then completed a Master of Music at ITU’s Dr. Erol Üçer Center for Advanced Studies in Music (MIAM), where he studied piano with Ayşegül Sarıca. Meanwhile, he also earned a M.Sc. degree in Industrial Engineering at Boğaziçi University. In 2006, Aji was accepted to the Peabody Conservatory of the Johns Hopkins University, where he completed his doctoral studies in piano performance with Marian Hahn. During his studies there, he was granted a graduate teaching assistantship in opera accompaniment.
Jerfi Aji performed in masterclasses with Leon Fleisher, Murray Perahia and Jerome Rose, and participated in the ARIA International Summer Academy in Muncie, Indiana, and the International Keyboard Institute and Festival at Mannes College of Music. He also studied with prominent pianists and pedagogues, including Thomas Hecht, Dimitry Rachmanov, Angela Cheng and Ali Darmar, among others.
Jerfi Aji has given solo recitals and chamber music concerts in Turkey (at venues such as Süreyya Opera House, Boğaziçi University Albert Long Hall, Ahmed Adnan Saygun Sanat Merkezi, Akbank Sanat, Borusan Music House and Fulya Sanat) and the United States, and has played in several contemporary music ensembles. In 2011, Aji was recipient of the Frances M. Wentz Turner Memorial Prize in Piano presented by the Peabody Conservatory. Along with an active performance career, Aji also teaches courses such as Introduction to Music Theory, Classical Form Analysis, Chamber Music and 20th Century Piano Literature, as a faculty member at ITU-MIAM.
Jean-Philippe Calvin, composer, conductor
Joël Bons - composer, Director of Atlas Ensemble
1952'de Amsterdam'da doğdu.Sweelinck Konservatuarı'nda gitar ve kompozisyon eğitimini sürdürürken Siena'da Franco Donatoni'nin yeni müzik yaz kurslarına ve Darmstadt yaz akademisi'ne katıldı. Çalışmalarına Freiburg'da Brian Ferneyhough ile devam etti. Bons'un oda müziği ve ensemble lar için bestelediği eserlerden bazıları Attacca, Variations, Sextet, Tour, Bref,Draught, First Edition, Feeststuk, Flard and Tour à Tour'dur. Bestecinin Eserleri Asko Ensemble, Atlas Ensemble, Netherlands Wind Ensemble, Nieuw Ensemble, Radio Chamber Orchestra and Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra gibi ünlü isimler tarafından seslendirildi.
1980 yılında Joël Bons Nieuw Ensemble'i kurdu ve tüm etkinlik programlarindan sorumlu kişi oldu. Bunun yanında Complexity(1990), Rules and Games (1995), Improvisations (1996), the multicultural Festival of Plucked Instruments (1998), and The Refined Ear (on microtonality, 2002) gibi Festivalleri organize etti. Bons, Hollanda Festivali, Gaudeamus , ISCM,Donemus,Rotterdam Sanat Konseyi ve Concertgebouw'da sanat danışmanı olarak görev yaptı.
Bons Nieuw Ensemble için cd kayıtlarının süpervizörlüğünü üstlendi ve kemancı Irvine Arditti ile solo bir cd kaydı yaptılar. Film yönetmeni Frank Scheffer ile Boulez' Eclat üzerine bir belgesel yayımladılar.
1988 yılında Bons Hong Kong Müzik Günleri'ne katıldı. Tüm Çin'i dolaşarak oradaki yeni jenerasyonun Çinli bestecileriyle tanıştı.1991 yılında Nieuw Ensemble çin'li yetenekli bestecilerin müziklerini batı seyircisine taşıyarak Çin müziğinin uluslararası bir atılım yapmasını sağladı.
1998 yılında Bons ve Nieuw Ensemble, kinayeli bir şekilde deprem etkisi yaratan ,bariz şekilde canlı ve macera dolu programlarıyla Prince Bernhard Vakfı ödülüne layık görüldü.
2002 yılından itibaren Bons, Yakın Doğu ve Merkez Asya'da sanatsal bir araştırma başlattı ve Asya ve Avrups'lı müzisyenleri bünyesine alan Atlas Ensemble'ı kurdu. 2005 yılında bu grupla yaptıkları çalışmalar çok önemli Amsterdam Ödülü'ne getirdi. Aynı yıl şu an kompozisyon bölümünün sanatsal yönetmenliğini yaptığı Amsterdam Konservatuarı'nda misafir profesor olarak ders vermeye başladı. Paris'teki Festival d'Automne 'nin isteği üzerine Scene artistique du Moyen-Orient müzik programında çalıştı ve bu program dahilinde 2007 yılının baharında Şam ve Tahran'a gitti.
2009 yılında her Ağustos ayında Amsterdam Konservatuarı'nda düzenlenen ve interkültürel müziklerin yaratıldığı bir labaratuar olan Atlas Akademisi'ni kurdu.
Kamran Ince, composer
KATHERINE MURDOCK, viyola
Born in Nazilli in 1989, Kıvanç is now the first Turkish musician to be accepted into the 234 year old Gewandhaus Orkester, the oldest civic orchestra in the world. In 2000 he was accepted to the Ankara Hacettepe University State Conservatory to study violin under Prof. Murat Tamer. In 2003 he took to the stage as a soloist for Fazıl Say’s “Metin Altıok Requiem” oratorio. Following a successful completion of the Akademi Datça music course in 2007 where he was chosen for the star students orchestra, he performed Max Bruch’s Violin Concerto No. 1. 2007-2008 he joined the National Youth Symphony Orchestra as member of the first violins for concert tours abroad and at home. In 2011 he was head of the second violins of the same orchestra. He won the Yamaha National Instrument Competition and subsequently joined the Young Musicians on World Stages project created by Güher and Süher Pekinel. Tire then was accepted into the Masters programme at the Leipzig Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy Hochschule Musik und Theater.
Kiya Tabassian-sitar, vocal, The Director of Art
Violist and composer Kurt Rohde is a recipient of the Rome Prize, the Berlin Prize, a Guggenheim Fellowship, the Lydian String Quartet Commission Prize, and has received commission awards from the Barlow, Fromm, Hanson, and Koussevitzky Foundations. He received the 2015 Arts and Letters Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. A Professor at UC Davis, Kurt was a Fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Studies in 2012–13. He plays with the Left Coast Chamber Ensemble, and serves as their artistic advisor. Kurt’s hobbies include triple IPAs, Philip K. Dick, and pretty much any film that has beenrecently released. For further information, please visit his website;
‘LA MER, Quartet’
Deniz Toygür, Marion Devaud , violin ; Can Sakul, viola; Mary Elliot, cello
Matthew Hall, Double Bass
He was born and raised in Virginia, USA. While in grade school, he began playing the saxophone, placing first in regional competitions. He later enrolled at Virginia Commonwealth University, where he studied Jazz and Classical music. Since graduating Magna Cum Laude from VCU with a Bachelor's Degree in Music Performance, he has worked professionally as a musician. He has toured and/or shared the stage with many great musicians such as The Tommy Dorsey Orchestra, Jimmy Cobb, Rene Marie, Matt Wilson, John D'Earth, Howard Curtis, Dena Derose, Kevin Mahogany, Dave Allen, Imer Demirer, Efkan Ogur, Sarp Maden, Nedim Nalbantoglu, Sibel Kose, and many others. He is currently living in Istanbul.
MARC MELLITS, composer
MARK HILL, obua
Márta Gulyás (Piano), Budapest/Madrid
MICHAEL ELLISON -Musicology, composer
Murat Salim Tokaç - Tambur & Ney ,
Dr. Murat Salim Tokaç is considered as one of the foremost ney and tanbur players of our time. He was born in Kırıkkale, 1969. He entered the Faculty of Medicine of 19 Mayıs University, Samsun in 1986, from where he was graduated in 1992. He also finished his PH.D. in microbiology in the same faculty. In 1991, Murat Salim Tokaç was appointed to the Ministry of Culture Samsun Classical Turkish Music Chorus which was established the same year. He had been the art director of the same chorus between 2005 and 2007. In 2007, he started to work as the art director of Turkish Music Research and Performance Ensemble established in İstanbul. Besides of his concerts with these ensembles, he has performed individually in recitals and TV shows in Turkey. He has also performed in many concerts individually or with different ensembles and given seminars on tanbur and ney, in all the countries of Europe and in USA, Canada, Japan, Malaysia, Azerbaijan, South Korea, Armenia, Australia and Russia. In 1998, he was rewarded as the “Musician of the year”, by the Association of Industrialists and Business Men of Black Sea Region.
Currently Dr. Murat Salim Tokaç who has many published papers in various journals is working as the General Director of Fine Arts besides his position of an art director in the Turkish Music Research and Performance Ensemble.
Müge Hendekli, piano
Nermin Kaygusuz - kemancha ,
She was born in Ankara and graduated from Besiktas Girls High School and attended the Istanbul City Conservatory Turkish Music Faculty for a short while. During this time she passed the entrance examination for the newly established State Conservatory for Turkish Music and was accepted as a violin student in the Foundations of Music department. She studied violin with Erdoğan Saydam for four years. After graduating in 1979 she entered the City Conservatory violin department, and studied there for two years until her mentor passed away after which she left the school and started working independently. In 1986-1992 she obtained her postgraduate degree and her arts proficiency from the Social Sciences department at the Istanbul Technical University. Throughout her studies she had the opportunity to study under distinguished teachers such as Tülin Korman, Özdal Orhon, Sadeddin Heper, Yalçın Tura, Demirhan Altuğ, Bekir Sıtkı Sezgin, İhsan Özgen and Ercümend Berker. In the meantime, she started taking lessons from Cüneyd Orhon for four string kemancha. After two years intensive study, began working as a teaching member of the faculty at the Istanbul Technical University Turkish Music State Conservatory and was made associate professor in 2001. In 2003 she worked with Prof. Dr. Berthed Hoeckner at the University of Chicago in the field of music aesthetics. She has given many concerts domestically and internationally and published many CDs, namely "Gönülden Damlalar" , ”Kemençe ve Gitarla Saz Eserleri” and “Telkâri”. As of 2005 she has been performing with the Avaze Turkish Classical Music Women’s Ensemble, which she co-founded.
She believes that Turkish classical music performance practice needs, on occasion, be performed applying modern and new practices. Kaygusuz has also founded the instrumental ensemble “Arayışlar” and the choir “Melodias Epicas”, with whom she has given many concerts domestically and internationally. Since 2005 she has also been performing in Piano-Kemancha-Vocal concerts with the duo “Buluşma”, which she founded with Faris Akarsu. In 2006 she wrote and published the book "Muallim İsmail Hakkı Bey ve Musiki Tekâmül Dersleri" ("Muallim İsmail Hakkı Bey and Lessons in Musical Advancement”).
Nesrin Bayramoğulları, viyola
Neva Özgen, kemençe
One of the young and promising cellist of Turkey was born in 1989 in Istanbul. She started to learn the cello with Dilbag Tokay in 1998 at MSFAU State Conservatory. After receiving her bachelor’s diploma with distinction in 2009; she completed her studies by obtaining two different masters diploma, firstly from the class of Claus Kanngiesser at Hochschule für Musik Köln, then the class of Marc Coppey at Conservatoire de Paris (CNSMDP). Since her debut concert with the orchestra at the age of 15, she performed with many orchestras. Besides of obtaining various awards at the national/international competitions; she worked with the important artists as Gary Hoffman, Frans Helmerson, Gabor Takacs Nagy at the masterclasses and the academies as Verbier Festival Academy”, “Mozarteum Summer Academy”, “Kronberg Academy”. She appeared as soloist and chamber musician at the festivals such as; “Istanbul Music Festival”, “Euregio Musik Festival”, “D-Marin Turgutreis International Music Festival”, “Amsterdam Chamber Music Festival”, “Les Estivales de Megéve”. During her studies she was the laureate of TEV, Eczacıbası Foundation, DAAD, Borusan Kocabıyık Foundation, Yehudi Menuhin Live Music Now, Werner Richard - Dr. Carl Dörken Foundation, Association des Jeunes Talents and some private sponsors. Currently she is studying with Gautier Capuçon in the “Class d’excellence de Violoncelle” in cooperation with Louis Vuitton Foundation/Paris. Also as a chamber musician, she is studying at CNSMDP in the class of Itamar Golan and at CRR de Paris in the class of Miguel Da Silva with her ensembles as a scholar of Tekfen Foundation. As being selected for the "New Masters on Tour" series by TIHMS, Nil will be playing recitals in four different cities/halls of Holland including the Amsterdam Concertgebouw in September 2015. She plays on an Italian cello (1830) kindly on loan to her by a private sponsor.
Nusret İspir, klarnet