Iz-tanbul Cello Ensemble Concert at Alibey Kültür Merkezi

28th of May, 2016, Saturday, 7.00 pm

Alibey Kültür Merkezi

Iz-tanbul Cello Ensemble consisting of Ümit İşgörür from Dokuz Eylül University State Conservatory, Dilbağ Tokay from Mimar Sinan University İstanbul State Conservatory and their students (Yusuf Çelik, Osman Güngördü, Irmak Aydemir, Yağmur Gönül, Ülker Tümer, Umut Sağlam, Burcu Uysal, Ayça Gökdeniz) will meet with the audience of Ayvalık, especially with the children of Ayvalık in a concert that will be held in a collaboration of Municipality of Ayvalık and AIMA.



G. F. Handel, “Allegro Maestoso”

G. F. Handel, “Lascia ch’io pianga” (Sarabande)

W. A. Mozart, “Ave verum corpus”

A. Vivaldi, “Concerto Grosso”

T. Albinoni, “Adagio”

N. Levent, “Adagio”

C. Gardel, “Por Una Cabeza”

A. Piazzolla, “Oblivion”

Beatles, “Rhapsody”

J. Williams, “Starwars”

Yavuz Geliyor

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Trio Tını Concert at AIMA

9th of April, 2016, Saturday, 7.00 pm

AIMA Haluk Barutçuoğlu Evi

AIMA Spring Concert series continues with Trio Tını concert.

trio tını

Trio Tını was established when three young musicians from different cities, Simla Efe, Günsu Özkarar and Batu Ekmekçi, crossed in Istanbul. They started to discover works written for piano, viola and oboe with a pleasure, and to give concerts together.

Simla Efe was born in 1984 and became a full-time flute student in conservatory in 1995. Three years later, she passed to oboe and studied with Yaşar Acar. She got the opportunity to play the oboe concerto by Hummel as a soloist with the Istanbul State Orchestra and the School Orchestra of Istanbul University. She joined to the Beethoven Festival in Bonn and to the Young Euro Classic Festival with the School Orchestra of Istanbul University. In these festivals, she played under the direction of some of the well-known conductors such as Helmuth Rilling, Peter Gulke and Penderecki. She continued her studies with Eric Mege at the Conservatory of Nice in France after gaining a scholarship from Turkish Education Foundation; she also served as an assistant of Eric Mege and played in Nice l’harmonie Orchestra. After two years in France, she was accepted to the oboe class of Jean Louis Capezzali at the Conservatory of Lausanne. During this period, she appeared in the concerts of Lausanne Rsr Radio and Lausanne Chamber Orchestra. She got her diploma “Oboe Performance Master” in 2011. While she was working at the Sion Music School, she recognized that she learned a lot from working with children; this led her to a second master education in pedagogy. She returned to Turkey in 2012 and started to her PhD at the Istanbul University State Conservatory.

Violist Günsu Özkarar graduated from Bilkent University Music and Performing Arts Faculty in 2008. In the same year, she was invited to “interkulturellen Dialogs culture jam” in Weimar as a member of the string quartet of Youth Philharmonic Orchestra, and gave concerts with this string quartet. She completed her MA in the viola class of Prof. Ulrich Eichenauer at the Hochschule der Künste Bern in Switzerland. During her MA study, the piano quartet in which she performs won an audition and got the opportunity to attend to the masterclass of Maja Nosowska & Elzbieta Gajewska and to play on the Excellence Chamber Music Day. She also played with Orchester der HKB, Schweitzer Jugend Sinfonie Orchester, and with the conductors such as Christopher Warren Green, Bruno Weil, Daniel Klajner, Jos van Immerseel and Kai Baumann. She attended to the masterclasses of Tatjana Masurenko, Michael Kugel, Mikhail Volchok, Ruşen Güneş, Çetin Aydar, Danel Quartet, Marco Misciagna, Michel Michalakakos, Apple Hill Quartet, Siegfried Führlinger.

She is a member of The World Youth Orchestra, Greek Turkish Youth Orchestra, The Women Orchestra of Switzerland, Concours Europeen des chefs de String Ensemble, Bilkent Youth Symphony Orchestra, Bilkent Youth Virtuosos and AIMA Festival Orchestra. She is currently continuing her PhD with Beste Tıknaz Modiri at the Istanbul University State Conservatory, and giving concerts with Trio Pax and Trio Tını.

Batu Ekmekçi was born in 1985 in İzmir. He studied piano with Prof. Ersin Onay and Prof. Hande Dalkılıç, correpetition with Andrée Sommer, chamber music with Elena Gnezdilova and Keres Aykal at the Bilkent University Music and Performing Arts Faculty; gave various solo and chamber music concerts during his education. He was accepted as MA student at piano department at the ITU MIAM in 2010. He played Chopin’s Preludes Op. 28 on the TV show “Minyatürler” by Cihat Aşkın in 2014.

He is currently continuing his studies with Ayşegül Sarıca at MIAM and giving concerts with mezzo soprano Berna Anıl. He also founded TRUP, a multidisciplinary platform for arts with puppeteer Çağrı Yılmaz and premiered “Küçük Bir Kukla Suiti” in Istanbul International Puppet Festival in 2012.


Robert Kahn, Serenade Op. 73

Charles Martin Loeffler, 2 Rhapsodies

La cornemuse

Adolf Ruthardt, Piano Trio, Op. 34

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Ludus Ensemble Concert at AIMA

12th of March, 2016, Saturday, 7.00 pm

AIMA Haluk Barutçuoğlu Evi

AIMA Winter Concert series continues with the Ludus Ensemble concert.



Ludus Ensemble was established in 2013 by four young musicians who had their educations at Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University State Conservatory, İstanbul. Living in Istanbul in 2000s as young interpreters of classical music, Banu Selin Aşan, Tuna Erten, Seren Karabey and Elif Gökçe Tuğrul are well aware of the facts that borders between countries and cultures have long become transparent and the art of the present and of the past enrich each other. These facts turned to be their starting point when they formed Ludus Ensemble.

While performing works by composers from different periods and places of the world, members of the Ludus Ensemble feel themselves being engaged in a game in which time and space constantly shift and alter. Therefore as the name for their ensemble, they chose ‘ludus’ which means ‘game’ in Latin.

Ludus Ensemble aims to share the colourful atmosphere of classical music with its audience, inviting them to a journey beyond time and space.

Ludus Ensemble Members (as a Piano Trio) continue their ‘Chamber Music’ Masters at Hochschule for Musik und Theater Hamburg under Prof.Niklas Schmidt with a special Scholarship of Turkish Education Foundation.


W. A. Mozart, Piano Trio, G Major, K. 496

Özkan Manav, Laçin

Clara Schumann, Piano Trio, g minor, Op. 17

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Concert by Can Okan at AIMA

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

AIMA Haluk Barutçuoğlu Evi

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

Can Okan-konser

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