AIMA Spring Concerts begins with the concert of Elif Tarakçı Akyar & Hyun Sook Tekin on the 11th of March, 2017, 7 pm, at AIMA Haluk Barutçuoğlu Evi.
Elif Tarakçı began her violin education at the age of 11 under Yusuf Güler Aksöz, leader of the Istanbul State Symphony Orchestra, at the Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University State Conservatory, in the Strings Department. In 1993 she graduated from the same university with a bachelor’s degree. Following her graduation she continued studying with Ayla Erduran. She completed her higher education and proficiency in arts degrees at Hacettepe University State Conservatory in Ankara with Prof. Victor Pikaizen. In addition to giving many recitals in Istanbul, she has taken master classes with violinist Lew Kaplan and violist Ken Haki at Boston Bowdain Music Festival and with Prof. Lukas David at the Ayvalık Music Festival, in addition to performing at these festivals. The artist has played with the Istanbul State Symphony Orchestra (1991-93), the Akbank Chamber Orchestra (1992-2003), Milli Reassurans Orchestra (1997-2004) and with the Bosphorus (1990-92) and Camerata Saygun Chamber Orchestra (2005-13) as a member of the 1st and 2nd violin groups, as leader of the orchestra and as leader of the 2nd violin group. Between the years 2000-2004 she was a member of the 1st violin group in the Borusan Philharmonic Orchestra, under conductor Gürer Aykal. Since 2004 Elif Tarakçı has been concertmaster of the Cemal Reşit Rey Symphony Orchestra and durıng this time has worked with many conductors such as Rengim Gökmen, Cem Mansur, Aydın Karlıbel, Gürer Aykal, Alexander Rahbari, Antonio Pirolli, Andrés Garcia Vélez, Alan Broadbent, Jonathan Griffith, Lei Phi Phi, Daniele Di Gregorio, Martin Kerschbaum and Howard Griffiths. Since 1996 she has been a teacher at the Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University State Conservatory and she gained her title of Associate Professor in 2011. Greek composer Andreas Tsiartas attributed his piece Violin Piano Sonata to Elif Tarakçı Akyar and Hyunsook Tekin and they performed its premiere in the Greek part of Cyprus in 2013. Elif Tarakçı continues to give solo recitals and chamber music concerts in Turkey and abroad; she performs on a violin made by Joseph Grandjon in the 19th century. She continues as leader of the Cemal Reşit Rey Symphony Orchestra and as a teacher in the Strings Department of Mimar Sinan University State Conservatory.
Hyun Sook TEKİN
Hyun Sook Tekin was born in South Korea and began her piano education with private lessons at the age of 6. She won first prize in the Daegu Young Pianists Competition. In 1996 she entered Kyung Pook National University Faculty of Fine Arts and Music with the highest points in the entrance exam and was awarded the Special Scholarship of the Rector for the duration of her studies. She continued her university studies with Prof. Jung, graduating with high marks in 2000. In 2000 she went to Germany, taking lessons from Prof. Kupfernagel in Berlin and Prof. Erber in Leipzig. Between the years 2001 and 2004, while studying for her higher degree at the Hochschule für Musik-Franz Liszt in Weimar, she was a student of Walter Gieseking and Marguerite Long as well as working with the famous pianist Prof. Klaus Schilde. During this time she took chamber music classes with Prof. Beetz (Abegg Trio) and successfully completed master classes with Prof. Mishory (Freiburg), Prof. Schirmer (Mannhiem), Prof. Kehrer (Zürich) and Prof. Mia Paul (North Texas University). After 2004 she continued her doctoral studies at İTÜ/MİAM with State Artist Ayşegül Sarıca; her thesis was completed under the advisorship of Prof. Dr. Cihat Aşkın and Prof. Judith Uluğ. Hyun Sook Tekin has participated at the Ohrid/Vranje Piano Summer Festival, Afyon Classic Music Festival, Verona Piano Festival, Contemporary Music Festival and the St. John Festival; she performed Mozart’s piano concerto with the Prague Chamber Orchestra in 2012 and Ulvi Cemal Erkin’s piano concerto with Istanbul State Symphony Orchestra in 2013. She has given over 100 recitals and chamber music concerts in many countries such as Korea, Japan, Germany, Italy, England, Serbia, Macedonia, Greece and Turkey; she continues as a faculty member at the Marmara University Fine Arts Faculty Music Department since 2008.