Concert by Can Okan at AIMA

20th of February, 2016, Saturday 6. 30 pm

AIMA Haluk Barutçuoğlu Evi

AIMA Winter Concert Series continue with the concert by Can Okan, former participants of AIMA Masterclasses.


Can Okan was born in 1986, Istanbul, Turkey. He started to take piano lessons in 1994 with Meliha Doğuduyal. He, started to his education in Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University State Conservatory in 1997 and he continued his piano lessons with prof. Metin Ülkü. While his education, he gave the premieres of musics by Turkish contemporary composers, such as Özkan Manav, Mehmet Nemutlu. He started to his orchestra conducting education with Prof. Gürer Aykal in 2005. He gave his first concert as a conductor with Borusan Istanbul Philharmonic Orchestra in 2007. Also, he joined piano masterclasses of famous pianist such as İdil Biret, Dmitri Alexeev, Emanuel Ax, Arnulf von Arnim, Claudius Tanski. He completed his piano education on master degree and bachelor degree on orchestral conducting in 2008 and than, he completed master degree of orchestra conducting at Royal College of Music, Stockholm, between 2009 – 2011. He studied with many conductors including Daniel Harding, Jan Risberg and during the education, he conducted many orchestras in Sweden. He joined to conducting masterclass by Jorma Panula in Kuopio, Finland at 2011. Can Okan is still studying doctorate degree with Prof. Metin Ülkü in Mimar Sinan Fine Arts State Conservatory since 2011, also studying regularly with Idil Biret and giving concerts both as pianist and conductor.


F. Schubert, Impromptus D 935

No. 1 F minor
No. 2 A♭ Major
No. 3 B♭ Major
No. 4 F minor

J. BRAHMS, Piano Pieces Op. 76 
No. 5
No. 6
No. 7

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Piano Recital by Eren Yahşi at AIMA


19th of December 2015, Saturday 6. 30 pm

AIMA Haluk Barutçuoğlu Evi

AIMA will host piano recital by Eren Yahşi as a part of AIMA Winter Concert Series. Yahşi has won first prizes at “Second National Young Talent Piano Competition” organized by Anadolu University in 2002, “First Adnan Saygun Bodrum Piano Competition” in 2012 arranged by “9th National Gümüşlük Piano Festival”, has named “Finalist Phenom Lourate” at “The World Pianist Invitational Piano Competition” in 2013 and has won third prize at “Performance Without Limits Piano Competition” in 2013 arranged by Lodz Music Academy, Poland.

Born in 1984, Yahşi started piano education in 1995 at Anadolu University State Conservatory. From 1999 until his graduation in 2005, he studied with Prof. Zöhrab Adıgüzelzade, Azerbaijani State artist. Eren Yahşi has participated in many master classes of Assoc. Prof. Mihail Lidsky and Prof. Naum Starkman both at Tchaikovsky Conservatory in Moscow. In 2008 he was accepted at University for Music and Performing Arts Vienna to study with Prof. İnci Hausler-Altınok; Prof. Mikhail Krist; Prof. Roland Keller and Prof. Oleg Meisenberg.

Turkish National Television (TRT Okul) and TV8 have broadcasted Yahşi’s performances. Yahşi has performed with Anadolu University Symphony Orchestra; Eskişehir Municipality Symphony Orchestra and Azerbaijani Opera Orchestra. His recitals at Viennese and Bulgarian Embassies were highly acclaimed. Azerbaijani media praised his performances at Baku Music Academy and Baku State Conservatory.

Since 2005 Eren Yahşi has been a faculty member at Anadolu University State Conservatory.


Ludwig van Beethoven, Piano Sonata No. 23 Op. 57 “Appasionata” 

Maurice Ravel, “Alborada del gracioso”


Frederic Chopin, Piano Sonata No. 3 Op. 58 B minor

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Two Composers of the Modernist Movements in Turkey after 1950: Usmanbaş and Arel Concert at The Seed

AIMA at the ZERO.Countdown to the Future Exhibition



Sabancı University Sakıp Sabancı Museum is welcoming the ZERO.Countdown to the Future Exhibition between September 2, 2015-January 10, 2016. And AIMA makes a contribution to the exhibition with a concert, in which the works of İlhan Usmanbaş and Bülent Arel, two of the most leading composers of the modernist movements in Turkey after 1950, will be performed with the commentary of Prof. Filiz Ali. In the concert, Metin ÜlküDilbağ TokayEmine Serdaroğlu and Bahar Biricik will perform the works of Usmanbaş, and Bülent Arel’s work “Rounding” for electronic tape, dance, light & video art will be screened. The concert will be held at The Seed on December 8, 2015 (08.00 pm).


The Seed-müzisyenler toplu



Music for Violoncello and Piano No.1 (1951) 

Music for Violoncello and Piano No.2 (1951)

Dilbağ Tokay, violoncello & Emine Serdaroğlu, piano

Second Piece from Two Pieces for Violin and Violoncello (1960) 

Bahar Biricik, violin & Dilbağ Tokay, violoncello

Music for Violin and Piano (1994)

Bahar Biricik, violin & Emine Serdaroğlu, piano

For Solo Piano “Ölümsüz Deniz Taşlarıydı” (1965)

Metin Ülkü, piano


Aleotoric Music for Violoncello and Piano No. 1 (1968)

Aleotoric Music for Violoncello and Piano No. 2 (1968)

Dilbağ Tokay, violoncello & Emine Serdaroğlu, piano


“Rounding” for electronic tape, dance, light & video art (1985)

Choreography: Mimi Garrard

Video: James Seawright

Istanbul State Symphony Orchestra and Young Musicians on the World Stages

Dunya Sahnelerinde Genc Yetenekler - TrioThe cellist Dorukhan Doruk, who is one of the members of the project Young Musicians on the World Stages by Güher & Süher Pekinel and also a member and soloist of the AIMA Festival Orchestra, will appear in the concert of Istanbul State Symphony Orchestra under the conductorship of Rengim Gökmen. The concert will  take place at the Caddebostan Culture Center on November 20, 2015 at  8.00 pm.


Ludwig van Beethoven, Concerto for Violin, Cello, and Piano in C Major Op. 56

Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy, Symphony No. 3, Op. 56


Veriko Tchumburidze, violin

Dorukhan Doruk, cello

Yunus Tuncalı, piano

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Ayvalık AIMA Festival Orchestra will play with the world-renowed pianist İdil Biret at the Albert Long Hall.

11th of March 2015 Wednesday 19.30 pm 








Emre Yavuz Piano Recital

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AIMA Ayvalık International Music Academy

21st of MARCH 2015 at 20.00 pm


Rahmaninov- Prelude Op. 23/1

Schubert- “Des Fischers Liebesglück” Lied, (piano arrangement E. Yavuz)

Rahmaninov- Prelude No. 2

Rahmaninov- Prelude No. 3

Scarlatti- Sonata K. 64, d minor

Scarlatti- Sonata K. 9, d minor

Rahmaninov- Prelude No. 4

Rahmaninov- Prelude No. 5

J-P. Rameau- Rondo from the opera “Les Indes Galantes” (piano arrangement E. Yavuz)

Rahmaninov- Prelude No. 6

Rahmaninov- Prelude No. 7

Saygun- Etude No. 1

Rahmaninov- Prelude No. 8

Chopin- Nocturne Op. 55/1, f minor

Rahmaninov- Prelude No. 9

Rahmaninov- Prelude No. 10


Emre was born in 1990, in the city of Izmir. His talent for learning at a quick pace showed at an early age and this eventually led to a music education, encouraged by his parents and sister. He officially started his music education in 1998 under the Law 6660 -Educational Act for Prodigy Children, studying with Kaman Gündemir at the Hacettepe University of Ankara.

At the age of eleven, he was awarded the first prize for his category in the Blue Bird International Music Competition in Crimea, Ukraine, where he was also awarded a prize for the best contemporary music interpretation.

During his high school, he studied with Fazıl Say and Sanem Berkalp at the Bilkent University of ankara, where he also studied composition.

Emre performed concertos of Mozart, Chopin, Saint-Saens, Tchaikovsky and Rachmaninoff with the major orchestras of Turkey, such as the Presedential Symphony Orchestra, Izmir Symphony Orchestra, Bursa Symphony Orchestra, Antalya Symphony Orchestra, Bilkent Symphony Orchestra and Borusan Istanbul Philharmonic Orchestra under the conduction of Gürer Aykal, İbrahim Yazıcı, Rengim Gökmen and Ender Sakpınar.

In the year 2004, he performed in an International Piano Festival in Antalya and an International Music Festival of Spivakov in Moscow. In 2007, Emre was awarded the Chopin Special Grand Prize in Ibla, Sicily. In 2010, he won the “Rotary Interpretationspreis Chopin & Schumann” in Vienna and gave concerts with the Bratislava Philharmonic Orchestra at Musikverein and Radio-Kulturhaus in Vienna as well as in other cities of Austria.

Since 2006, Emre has studied with Karl-Heinz Kämmerling at the University of Music, Drama and Media in Hanover, Germany and with Roland Batik in Vienna. He became the first student to graduate from the Vienna Conservatory by receiving full points from all jury members for his interpretations of Beethoven, Rachmaninoff and Saygun in his graduation recital. Additionally, he took part in masterclasses with Karl-Heinz Kämmerling, Seymour Lipkin, Lang Lang, Till Fellner and Daniel Barenboim.

In August 2012, Emre Yavuz won the first prize in the 4th International Rosario Marciano Piano Competition in Vienna where he was designated as an “outstanding artistic personality”. He performed Beethoven’s Concerto No. 3 in the annual Gala Concert of the Buchmann-Mehta School of Music Orchestra under the conduction of Zubin Mehta.

2015 he won the 2. Hacettepe National Piano Competition in Ankara. Besides Hanover and Vienna he is currently continuing his Master studies with Arie Vardi at Tel Aviv University Buchmann & Mehta School of Music.


christoph henkelCHRISTOPH HENKEL

The German Cellist Christoph Henkel started learning the cello at the age of 6 years with G.U. von Bülow, a pupil of Emmanuel Feuermann‘s. After winning first prizes in all the Young Artists Competitions in Germany, he became a student of Janos Starker in the USA with scholarships of the DAAD and the Cultural Society of the German Industry. He became Starker‘s assistant at the Indiana University, where he was awarded the „Artist Diploma“.

He started a concert career after winning the „Young concert Artists “competition in New York, the competition of the Cultural Society of the German Industry and the „Young Concert Artist“series in Germany. At the same time his teaching career continued with an appointment to the Illinois State University, followed by invitations to the Michigan State University and the Freiburg Musikhochschule, where he became the youngest German professor at the age of 26 years.

After some years of being Principal Cellist of the NDR Hamburg and Hessischer Rundfunk Frankfurt Symphony Orchestras, he is now devoting his whole time concertizing and teaching at the Freiburg Musikhochschule.

He earned a worldwide reputation as a soloist and chamber musician through his many concerts, radio and TV appearances and award-winning CDs with Deutsche Grammophon, EMI-Electrola, CBS, Lyrinx etc. Enthusiastic acclaim won his recordings of the Bach Solo Suites, Kodaly‘s Unaccompanied Sonata and the Beethoven Piano-Cello works (with Georges Pludermacher).

He has played under many eminent conductors, among others Erich Leinsdorf, Vaclav Neumann, Eliahu Inbal and with such orchestras as the Berlin Philharmonic, the Radio Symphony Orchestras of Berlin, Hamburg, Frankfurt, Hannover, Baden-Baden, and Seoul.

Appearances as soloist include concerts at the Bach-Woche Ansbach, the Festival de Montreux, the Schwetzinger Festspiele and the Casals Festival Prades.


Christoph Henkel‘s extensive repertoire covers the entire range of the solo literature as well as chamber music.



Fotograf Serhan Yedig IMG_9870ONUR ÖZKAYA

1980 yılında Ankara’da doğdu. Kontrabas eğitimine 1992 yılında Prof. Tahir Sümer ile Hacettepe Üniversitesi Ankara Devlet Konservatuvarı’nda başlayıp, 2001 yılında Doç. Refik Hacıbeyov’un sınıfından mezun oldu. Aynı sene Alman Devleti’nin vermiş olduğu DAAD (Alman Akademik Değişim Servisi) bursunu alarak yüksek lisans eğitimine Münih Müzik ve Tiyatro Yüksek Okulu’nda başladı. 2005 yılında yüksek lisans eğitimini Prof. Klaus Trumpf’un sınıfında doktora derecesinde tamamladı.

Ödül almış olduğu başlıca yarışmalar şunlardır; 1996 yılında Kavaklıdere Rotary Kulübü’nün düzenlediği Genç Yetenekler Müzik Yarışması’nda Türkiye birinciliği, 1999 yılında kurucularından olduğu Anatolia Kontrabas Dörtlüsü ile birlikte 47. Uluslararası Avrupa Gençlik Müzik Festivali (Belçika) kapsamında düzenlenen oda müziği yarışması birinciliği, 2002 yılında Uluslararası J.M. Sperger Kontrabas Yarışması’nda (Almanya) jüri özel ödülü, 2002 yılında Uluslararası F. Gregory Kontrabas Yarışması’nda (Çek Cumhuriyeti) birincilik ödülü, 2003 yılında Uluslararası Rovere D’oro Yaylı Sazlar Yarışması’nda (İtalya) ikincilik ödülü, 2003 yılında üyesi olduğu Bassiona Amorosa Kontrabas Dörtlüsü ile birlikte Avrupa’nın üst düzey onursal ödülü sayılan Avrupa Kültür (İsviçre-Luzern) Ödülü, 2005 yılında Uluslararası V. Bucchi Kontrabas yarışmasında (İtalya) üçüncülük ödülü.

Özkaya, 2006 yılından günümüze çalışmakta olduğu Münih Oda Orkestrası ve 2009 yılında bünyesine katıldığı Borusan İstanbul Filarmoni Orkestrası’nın aktif olarak kontrabas grup şefliğini yapmaktadır. Diğer üyesi olarak çalışmış olduğu orkestralar; Claudio Abbado’nun daimi şefliğini yaptığı Luzern Festival Orkestrası ve Mahler Oda Orkestrası’dır. Viyana Filarmoni, Münih Filarmoni, Bavyera Radyo Orkestrası ve Bamberg Senfoni Orkestrası’nın konserlerine misafir sanatçı olarak katılmaktadır. Ayrıca katılmış olduğu gençlik orkestraları Akdeniz Gençlik Orkestrası, Avrupa Gençlik Orkestrası ve Schleswig Holstein Müzik Festival Orkestrası’dır.

Münih Oda Orkestrası, Cumhurbaşkanlığı Senfoni Orkestrası, Bursa Bölge Devlet Senfoni Orkestrası, Anadolu Üniversitesi Senfoni Orkestrası, Çukurova Devlet Senfoni Orkestrası’nın konserlerine solist sanatçı olarak katılmış, Gyula Fekete ve 100. doğum yılında Eduard Tubin’in kontrabas konçertolarının Türkiye’deki ilk seslendirişlerini gerçekleştirmiştir. 2009 yılında İşviçreli besteci Martin Jaggi’nin kontrabas konçertosunun dünyadaki ilk seslendirilişini Münih Oda Orkestrası eşliğinde şef Alexander Liebreich ile gerçekleştirdi. Süddeutscher Zeitung, Münchener Merkur, Münchener TZ, Abendzeitung ve Klassikinfo’dan almış olduğu konser kritikleri ile dikkatleri çekmiştir. Türkiye, Almanya, Fransa, İtalya, İsviçre, Polonya, Çek Cumhuriyeti, Kore ve Tayvan, resital ve ustalık sınıfı çalışmalarını sürdürdüğü başlıca ülkelerdir.

Özkaya, 2013 yılından itibaren Mimar Sinan Güzel Sanatlar Üniversitesi Devlet Konservatuvarında kontrabas öğretmenliği görevine Yardımcı Doçent olarak devam etmekte ve konserlerinde 1852 Cremona yapımı Enrico Ceruti kontrabas ile çalmaktadır.





Misha Nodelman was born in 1977 in St.Petersburg and had started taking violin lessons at the age of six. In 1989 when he was only twelve Misha had won the first prize at the City of Leningrad Young Violinists Competition which had gained this young violinist a very good reputation. Following his successful debut as a soloist, in 1990 Misha is admitted at the most prestigious music school in the country -the famous Desiatiletka: St.Petersburg State Conservatoire.

Special Music School for gifted children where he continues to study until the completion of the secondary school grade. In the year 1995 Mr.Nodelman successful enters the St.Petersburg State Conservatoire in the class of renowned professor Vladimir Ovcharek (the first concertmaster of the Leningrad Philharmonic Orchestra under E. Mravinsky). Soon he is invited to be a member of the St. Petersburg Kamerata Orchestra under S. Sondeckis. During his studies at the Conservatoire Misha had  won  prizes  in  several  competitions  such  as  ¨Gartow  Stiftung ¨, ¨Münchener Konzertvereiningung ¨.

In 2000 after receiving his final diploma at the St.Petersburg Conservatoire Mr.Nodelman had been invited to study in the class of Zakhar Bron at the Köln Hochshule für Musik following the postgraduate studies during 2003-2006 and the Konzertexamen. These years Misha continued to challenge himself and had won the following prizes: 3 rd prize at the Liana Isakadze international violin competition (2003), first prize and the special prize at the Eurasia International Competition (2004), Winner of the Oscar and Vera Ritter Stiftung Scholarship.

Since 2006 Misha is assistant of his teacher Zakhar Bron at the Köln Hochshule für Musik and since the 2008 he holds the Concertmaster position at the Neue Philarmonie Westfalen Symphony orchestra.

Misha Nodelman is a very enthusiastic chamber music player and a founding member of Nodelman String Quartet . During the past two years he has appeared as a soloist and a chamber music player throughout Germany, Spain, Switzerland, Estonia, Russia, Austria, USA and Japan.



Ruşen Güneş


Ruşen Güneş started playing the mandolin at the age of 10, a year later switched to violin and got into the Ankara State Conservatoire and became a student of Necdet Remzi Atak. 8 years later he took up the viola and after graduation he joined the Presidential State Orchestra based in Ankara. In his second year working as a soloist with this orchestra he was contacted by the orchestra requesting him to replace a soloist who was disposed to play the S Concertante by Mozart for violin and viola, with a violinist friend and the conductor was a well known English musician George Weldon. Weldon liked his playing so much that he managed to secure for Ruşen a British Council scholarship.

With this opportunity Ruşen went to the UK to study at the London Royal College of Music for 2 years and there he studied viola with Frederick Riddle and chamber music with Cecil Aronowitz and worked with conductors like Malcolm Sargeant and Adrian Boult. Just before he was due to return to Turkey he played to the legendary viola player William Primrose who was so impressed he immediately offered to take Ruşen to USA as one of his assistants. A year later Ruşen was studying with him and teaching some of his students!

After a year Ruşen returned Turkey and became principle viola with Presidential State Orchestra of Ankara and during his tenure there played all the big viola concertos like Walton, Bartok, Hindemith for the first time in the country. Ruşen also played in a string quartet and performed again as premiers in Turkey works by Britten, Walton, Suk amongst others. In 1970 with his quartet – named Özsoy String Quartet- they did the first ever live TV performance playing with the Necil Kazım Akses quartet.

After doing his national service Ruşen returned to England and joined the Royal House Opera Orchestra as a rank and file player and after a few months was made co-principal and remained with the orchestra for 2 years and joined the London Mozart Players as principal. A year later he joined the famous early music group ‘English Concert’ led by Trevor Pinnock who asked Ruşen to join them as their viola player where he stayed for 3 years and later joined the English Chamber Orchestra as a co-principal viola where he met Pinchas Zukerman and Daniel Barenboim did many concerts and tours with them. This according to Ruşen was ‘one of my biggest learning times’.

In 1979 the London Philharmonic Orchestra asked Ruşen to be their principal viola where he got the chance to work with Bernard Haitink, Georg Solti, Simon Rattle, Klaus Tenssted, Zubin Mehta, Riccardo Muti, André Previn, Carlo Maria Guilini, Erich Leinsdorf, Antal Dorati, John Pritchard, John Elliot Gardner and others and played the Symphonia Concert ante at the Royal Festival Hall under the direction of Christoph Eschenbach with the leader of the London Philharmonic Orchestra David Nolan.

In 1988 he was offered the position of principal viola job by BBC Symphony Orchestra and stayed there till 2000. During this period of Ruşen’s orchestral life he continued playing with the London String Quartet and recorded Mahler’s piano quartet and C Franc quintet with İdil Biret and The Bocherini guitar quintets with John Williams. In his time with the BBC Symphony Orchestra he had the opportunity to perform with established names such as Pierre Boulez, Günter Wand, Alexander Lazarev, David Atherton, Roger Norrington. One of his memorable moments was when he played the Walton viola concerto with Simon Rattle conducting the Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and another special moment was when he played the Bartok viola concerto with BBC Symphony Orchestra during the Istanbul festival. He performed the Walton concerto on numerous occasions for the Royal Ballet for the production of ‘Oscar Wilde’. Other high points in his career were also playing the Stamitz concerto with the London Philharmonic Orchestra, the Michael Haydn concerto for viola and organ with The English Concert and the Bradenburg 6 concerto with the English Chamber Orchestra.

He was privileged to do the premier of compositions by Ahmed Adnan Saygun, Yalçın Tura and a commission piece composed for him by Cengiz Tanc, for the viola as well as Necil Kazim Akses’s viola concerto. Another highlight is a series he performed under the title of ‘Turkish Composers and viola’. More recently he performed the first performances of 2 of Ateş Pars’s works, 3 Preludes for solo viola and sonata for viola and piano (with İdil Biret). Ruşen currently freelances in London, mainly recording sessions and is active in Turkey both as a teacher at the Yaşar University, Izmir and playing concerts