String Quartet Program


The KK Young Artist String Quartet Program is an integrative program with the performance of chamber music at its core. Each participant young artist will have the chance to perform side by side with the faculty as well as perform assigned chamber music within the 2018 Cappadocia Festival concerts. In addition to daily solo or chamber music lessons, seminars such as Baroque Interpretation, Preparing Orchestral Excepts and Technology for Performers will be offered.


Each musician will be given several pieces of chamber music to learn before the festival begins- these pieces must be prepared before the festival or the young artist may lose his/her position! They will have daily lessons with the faculty on this repertoire.


Each selected Young Artist should  prepare 2 movements of Bach, 2 common orchestral excerpts and one solo work for public masterclass (10 min limit).


In addition, each participant receives three 45-minute private lessons during 2 week period.


Course dates: August 26- September 9th

Age: 18-30

Capacity: 4 String Quartets; will be accepted either as preformed groups or as individuals.


Application deadline: Aug 10th

Notification of acceptance: Aug 15th

Tuition 500eu  (300eu for one week) Priority will go to individuals and pre-formed ensembles who stay the full 2 weeks.


Scholarships will be available.

KK Academy Faculty


Ellen Jewett, violin 

Rebekka Hartmann, violin 

Onder Baloglu, violin

Kıvanç Tire, violin 


Tatjana Masurenko, viola 

Pınar Dinçer, viola 


Elizabeth Simkin, cello 

Dorukhan Doruk, cello

Ghislain Portier, cello 

Gozde Yasar, cello 

Gokhan Bagci, cello 


Wolfgang Kostujak, harpsichord 

Seminar Subjects:


1) Scales/ Technique class with attention to body awareness
2) Art of Practicing
3) Thinking about Historical Performance Practice from Bach to Romantic repertoire
4) Preparing Orchestral excerpts: 
5) Tunings, intonation and temperaments- historical and practical issues 
6) 1001 Concerts; the Art of Musical Storytelling- preparing a community outreach program together
7) Discussing Urtext editions and how to think about musicological research (including about Henle editions) 
8) How to use technology for performers- from Garage Band to Bluetooth page turning

About our Faculty Artists:


Kivanc Tire- one of the first graduates of KK and now a member of the Gewaundhaus Orchestra, cellist Dorukhan Doruk- a concert soloist and current member of the Bavarian Radio Orchestra, and violinist Onder Baloglu who is one of the KK co-directors and currently concertmaster of the Duisburg Philharmonic as well as on the faculty of the Folkwang University of Arts, Essen. Onder will be joined by members of his string quartet- Quart.essence.


Leading a new generation of performers devoted to building a chamber music culture in Turkey are cellists Gökhan Bağci- one of the co-director of KK, a member of Borusan İstanbul Philharmonic as well as one of the founders of the Begoa Ensemble and Trio Ba, and Gozde Yaşar- a Fulbright recipient currently on the faculty at Mimar Sinan Conservatory in istanbul, along with violist Pınar Dinçer- member of the Semplice Quartet and member of the faculty at Yasar University in Izmir.


Joining them will be German violinist Rebekka Hartmann- winner of the “Echo Klassik Prize” for best solo CD, Russian virtuoso violist and esteemed pedagogue from the Leipzig Conservatory- Tatjana Masurenko, Turkish viola soloist and former principal of the BBC Orchestra, Ruşen Güneş, cellist Elizabeth Simkin- former teaching assistant to Janos Starker and innovative pedagogue from Ithaca College, NY and KK founder Ellen Jewett- violinist and former member of the Audubon String Quartet. Her CD of Turkish solo music for violin will be released by Naxos this season.

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