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.
4th of February, 2017, Saturday 7.00 p.m.
AIMA Haluk Barutçuoğlu Building
Duo Fidelis (meaning; faithful duo), started playing music together in 1996. In fact, Orçun was accompanying her with improvisations while Zeynep was playing her first notes on flute. For 20 years, the love of music and their respect for one another became a force to share, develop, create and they decided to continue the future projects under this name.
Fikret Amirov, 6 Pieces
Béla Bartók, Romanian Folk Dances, Sz. 56, BB 68
Ekrem Zeki Ün, At the Tomb of Yunus
Otar Taktakishvili, Sonata for Flute and Piano
She started her flute studies with professor Halit Turgay in 1996. Graduated from Istanbul University State Conservatory in 2007. During her education she attended several master classes of famous flutists such as; William Bennett, Emmanuel Pahud, Davide Formisano, Andrea Oliva, Robert Winn, Jean Ferrandis, Nicola Mazzanti, Siobhan Grealy. After playing in Akbank Chamber Orchestra, Philharmonia Istanbul and Şişli Symphonic Orchestra for several years, she has been a member of Borusan Istanbul Philharmonic Orchestra as solo piccolist since 2008, also solo flutist of Orkestra’Sion since 2011. Zeynep Keleşoğlu has been an active solo and chamber-music player, participating in many concerts and festivals around Turkey. She is a member of Marsyas Flute Quartet, Trio Pax and Orient Ensemble.
He was born in Istanbul and started his first piano lessons at the age of 4 at Istanbul University State Conservatory. In 1994, he continued his music studies at Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University State Conservatory and graduated Zeynep Yamantürk’s piano class in 2004. He studied with composer Ali Darmar, and pianist Prof. Ayşegül Sarıca and attended masterclasses of Stephen Kovacevich. He won the scholarship of ALV and he worked with Karl-Heinz Kammerling at Salzburg Summer Academy in 2007. He started conducting lessons in 2006 with prof. Gürer Aykal and he conducted DESO, CRR Symphony Orchestra, Antalya and Istanbul State Symphony Orchestra, Mersin Academic Chamber Orchestra and Budapest Radio Symphony Orchestra. He is the founder, principal conductor and art director of “Orchestra’Sion” since 2008 in Istanbul. Orchestra’Sion and Orçunsel, shared the same stage with world fomous soloists Paul Badura-Skoda, Andrei Gavrilov, Dimitri Ashkenazy, Aleksander Rudin, Ayşegül Sarıca, Cihat Aşkın, Toros Can, Borusan Quartet, Bülent Evcil and Özcan Ulucan.
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The participants of AIMA 2015 Piano Masterclass under the direction of are going to express their sincere thanks to İdil Biret with a concert on 25th of December, 2016 at Leyla Gencer Opera and Art Center.
Click here to read the interview of the participants of the concert published on the web site of Andante.
3rd of December, 2016, Saturday 7.00 pm
AIMA Haluk Barutçuoğlu House
Tres Ensemble is formed in 2015 in Istanbul by classical music performers Lerna Baloğlu Akbulut (Mezzo-soprano ), Işıl Giray (piano), Haluk Onat Akbulut (guitar ) who were educated in Conservatory.
These three successful and skilful performers aim to perform their own works with different concert styles and to introduce the classical music to the community.
Moreover, it’s the first group in Turkey which gathers together the vocal, the piano and the guitar with the classical music piece adaptations.
The group, which has various repertoires of the vocal, instrumental and chamber music pieces of various era composers, has become a well-known classical music performers thanks to the domestic and international concerts.
Now, Tres Ensemble is on stage with the project “Anthology”. Performing the most known and loved pieces of classical music, the group has a wide repertoire of romantic era composers.
The pieces will be performed as solo, duo and trio with romantic and joyful tunes and rhymes.
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AIMA, welcomed the clarinet quintet Clarisemble that was formed by Yiğit Şahan Yüksel, Doğa Yürümez, Derin Düşenkalkar, Genco Gezgöç and Batı Aktaş during the 12th Ayvalık International Olive Harvest Days organized by the Ayvalık Chamber of Commerce between the 4th-6th of November. The members of Clarisemble are continuing their study with Ebru Mine Sonakın, Feza Çetin and İris Şentürker at Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University Istanbul State Conservatory.
The Clarisemble gave a street concert at Ayvalık’s famous cafe Şeytanın Kahvesi and at the Gnomon Square in Cunda island during the Olive Harvest Days Clarisemble.