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OLGU KIZILAY

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Violinist Olgu Kızılay performs worldwide and throughout Turkey as a chamber musician and soloist. Born in 1977, he began his violin studies with Prof Hazar Alapınar at the Izmir State Conservatory where he received his bachelor’s degree. During this time he was also a member of the Mediterranean Youth Orchestra. He continued his graduate studies at the Strasbourg Conservatory of Music in France, where he worked with Joshua Epstein. During his time there, he was the concertmaster of the school orchestra, performed numerous chamber music concerts and recorded a CD of works from contemporary composers. He received the golden medal for chamber music, and in 2003 earned his doctorate of music, graduating with the highest honors. He performed with the Strasbourg Philharmonic, the Mulhouse Symphony Orchestra and the Bas-Rhin Opera Orchestra, and was the concertmaster of the Ensemble Volutes Strasbourg from 2000- 2005. He returned to Istanbul in 2005 and took a position as principal second violin of the Borusan Istanbul Philharmonic Orchestra. He was also a member of the Borusan Quartet from 2005-2018, appearing in many major halls including Tonhalle (Zürih), Carnegie Hall (New York), Concertgebauw (Amsterdam), Philharmonie de Paris (Paris), Le Corum (Montpellier), Schloss Elmau (Münih), Megaron (Atina) L'arsenal (Metz), G. Verdi Hall (Milan) and Musikverein (Vienna). The quartet won the 1st prize at the ICMEC International Chamber Music competition in NY and also performed in important festivals such as Rheingau, Schleswig-Holstein, Merano, Mozart, Napfilon, Bodensee, West Cork, Europalia, Mersin, Bodrum, İstanbul and Ankara. He has performed as a soloist with most of the major orchestras in Turkey including state orchestras from Izmir, Antalya, Bursa and Eskisehir, as well as with the Bilkent Symphony Orchestra, Academic Baskent Orchestra and the Borusan Istanbul Philharmonic Orchestra. He is currently a founding member of the 'Yörsiad Quartet' and has recorded for Naxos, Lila Music and Onyx Records. Olgu Kızılay plays an 1874 Jean Baptiste Vuillaume violin.

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ASLI AYBEN ÖZDEMİR

Aslı Ayben Özdemir was born in 2001 in Istanbul, Turkey. At the age of 4 with her mother pianist Zümrüt Alieva's, she started her piano training and participated in class concerts. At the age of 7, she started her violin training at Istanbul University State Conservatory with Prof. Zülfiye Seçkin. Her first orchestral experience was realized in 2010 with the Istanbul Philharmonic Orchestra under the direction of Naci Özgüç. In October 2013, she participated in the XXXVIII International Violin Competition "Prof. Nedyalka Simeonova" and won the second prize in the first group. In the same year, she joined the Doğuş Children's Symphony Orchestra under Rengim Gökmen's conduct and actively participated in their various projects and concerts till 2016. In 2014-2015 academic year, she graduated with honors with the secondary degree from Istanbul University State Conservatory. In September 2014, she participated in the XVIII International Young Musicians Dobrich Competition in Bulgaria where she won the second prize in the Category 1 Group B (no first prize was awarded at that competition). Right after that competition, within the AkSanat Festival and IKSV Festival, she gave concerts under the title "Young Talents". In March 2015, in Sofia, Bulgaria, she participated in the XI International Competition "Young Virtuosos".
Starting from 2015, she toured in Turkish National Youth Philharmonic Orchestra under Cem Mansur's conduct in such countries as Hungary, Slovakia, Czech Republic, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Germany and participated in multiple music festivals, such as "Young Euro Classic", "Lisbon Festival'', and "Alicante Festival". During that time, she did some orchestra work with Yannos Margaziotis and Ksenija Zecevic. In February 2016, in Istanbul, she was awarded the first prize in the Yamaha Music Competition for Strings Instruments. In the 2016-2017 season, she served as a concertmaster in the Leyla Gencer Symphony Orchestra under Stefano Mazzoleni's conduct. In 2017, she gave a concert at the XXI International Classical Music Festival in Cyprus. Next year, she gave a concert at the XVII Afyonkarahisar Classical Music Festival. She attended master classes of Olga Martinova and Gilles Apap and gave concerts together with them. In 2017-2018 season, she served as a concertmaster in the 100th Anniversary of Istanbul University Symphony Orchestra of Istanbul State Conservatory as well as in the concerts of 2018-2019. She also performed in Fazıl Say Festival Orchestra. In March 2018, alongside with the participants from 34 countries, she participated in "International Arthur Grumiaux Competition for Young Violinists" held in Belgium. At the same time, she gave a concert within the "Shining Stars" series of İş Sanat. In July, following the invitation received, she performed as the 2nd violins leader of group in the concerts of Slovak Youth Symphony Orchestra in Slovakia. She also gave chamber music concerts within Konvergencie Festival with such musicians as Igor Karsko, Nora Skuta, and Juray Tomka. In August 2018, working with Professor Mark Gothoni, she gave a concert within "Internationale Sommerakademie Bad Leonfelden" in Austria. In 2019, she served as a concertmaster in "Turkish National Youth Philharmonic Orchestra" under Cem Mansur's conduct in such festivals as "Palermo Festival" in Italy and "Young Euro Classic" at the Konzerthaus Berlin, Germany. She graduated with an Honors Bachelor's degree from the Istanbul University State Conservatory. She will tour as a concertmaster in the Palermo Classic Symphony Orchestra for the festival in Palermo. She participates as a guest artist in the concerts for Lucerne Sinfonietta, Junge Philarmonie Zentralschweiz, Fazıl Say Festival Orchestra, CRR Symphony Orchestra, Eurasia Philharmonic Orchestra, TRT Philharmonic Orchestra, and Camerata Saygun. Currently, she continues her education in Igor Karsko's class in "Hochschule Luzern Musik" in Switzerland, actively participates in concerts in Turkey and abroad, and is a member of "Yörsiad Quartet".

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NORA HEDER

She was born in Istanbul in 1997.In 2005, she started her violin studies with Aslı Erdal at Istanbul University State Conservatory.In 2010, she was admitted to the Viola class of Ani Inci.In 2012, she gave concerts in Berlin and Bonn as part of the "Beethoven Festival "with the Symphony Orchestra of the Istanbul University State Conservatory, as well as various concerts in many halls of Turkey. During the training period, Rictor, Noren, Atilla Aldemir, Efdal Altun, Matthias Maurer, Marco Misciagna, Michel Michalakakos, Lawrence Dutton, Mike Kelley,Igor Naidin, Dorukhan Doruk, Cem Onerturk, Rebekka Simkin, Önder Baloglu, Tatjana Masurenko, Ellen Jewett, Odysseas Lavaris, Sheila Browne, Garth Knox, Francoise Gneri, Florian Schotz, Frank Reinecke, solo and chamber music with musicians such as Martin Outram had the opportunity to study in the field.

In 2013, she started playing in Dogus Children's Symphony Orchestra.In 2016, she started playing in the Chamber Orchestra "Baroque Tales", directed by Arda Ardashes Agoshyan.In the same year, she won the Turkish Youth Philharmonic Orchestra exam .In the summer of 2018, she was accepted as a scholarship to the Klasik Keyifler held in Cappadocia every year and had the opportunity to both make music and work together with many professional musicians in various chamber music and solo fields.In March April 2018, she continued this by taking the first prize with the String Quartet "Obliviate Quartet" in the "International Chamber Music Competition for young musicians" organized by the Rotary Club of Edirne every year and the third prize in the"AKOB National Chamber Music Competition" held in Mersin in April of the same year.In April 2019, she was the winner of the second prize from the"Ulvi Yucelen Chamber Music Competition", the second of which he participated with the "Obliviate Quartet"in Ankara.Among the festivals she has participated in are Pera International Music Festival,Sureyya Opera,Bonn Beethoven Festival,Lisbon Music Fest,Anadolu Ephesus Music Academy and Klasik Keyifler.For 3 years, she was the Viola Group conductor of the Symphony Orchestra of the State Conservatory of Istanbul University.Heder is one of 12 young female musicians eligible to benefit from the“Women stars of Tomorrow:Young women musicians" support fund of 2020, which was implemented in cooperation with the Industrial Development Bank of Turkey (TSKB) within the scope of the Istanbul Music Festival.Heder was also eligible to benefit from the Nejat Eczacıbaşı scholarship fund in the 2019-2020 season. She is a member of 'Yorsiad Quartet'.

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MEHMET GÖKHAN BAĞCI

Born in Antalya in 1990, Mehmet Gökhan Bağcı started music with Muzaffer Ayhan and Cansu Olgun. He studied the cello with Veronika Yeliz Efe, Engin Sansa, Arthur Rahmatulla, Ozan Tunca, and Peter Bruns, as well as attending masterclasses by Balazs Mate, Ruth Phillips, Mauro Valli, Markku Luolajan– Mikkola, Stephan Forck, Johannes Moser, Jean-Guihen Queyras, Wolfgang Boettcher, Benyamin Sönmez, and Çağ Erçağ. Having concertized in Turkey and Europe, Mehmet Gökhan Bağcı launched on a chamber music career in 2012, when he was invited to join the Hezarfen Ensemble. Since then, he has played the new works of Turkish composers in the Netherlands, France, Germany, and Italy, as well as performing in the premiere concerts and recordings of works by new generation composers. With the ensemble, he gave the world premiere of Michael Ellison’s contemporary chamber opera Mevlana, Say I am You at the Operadagen Rotterdam and featured in the recording, too. Hezarfen Ensemble’s performance at Berlin’s leading contemporary music festival, Marz Musik was released under the title Live in Berlin.

 

Mehmet Gökhan Bağcı has played in orchestral and chamber music concerts at such prestigious venues as the Berlin Konzerthaus, Berlin Philharmonie Chamber Music Hall, Cologne Philharmonie, Amsterdam Concertgebouw, Champs-Élysées Theatre, Santa Cecilia Hall in Rome, Hong Kong Arts Centre, and Hagia Eirene Museum in Istanbul. His chamber music partners include Ellen Jewett, Mısırlı Ahmet, Nina Janssen, Tatjana Masurenko, Garth Knox, Sarah Chang, and the Trio Ba, with which he performed Beethoven’s complete piano trios in a series of concerts for the first time in Turkey. Since 2016, he is the “G” in the BEGOA Ensemble. He is a member of the Borusan Istanbul Philharmonic Orchestra and the principal cellist of the TRT Philharmonic Orchestra. Mehmet Gökhan Bağcı is the co-artistic director of Klasik Keyifler International Cappadocia Music Festival and the Şirince Music Village. He is a member of 'Yorsiad Quartet'.