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1967  Born in Mersin, Turkey.
1971  Moved to Istanbul with his family.
1980-85  Took private piano lessons from Hülya Saydam.
1984  Became a composition student at Mimar Sinan University State Conservatory, Istanbul. Studied harmony and counterpoint with Erçivan Saydam, fugue, composition and modal music with Adnan Saygun, history of thought and aesthetics with Afşar Timuçin.
1991  Received his bachelor’s degree, appointed as an instructor in the Theory Division of the same institution.
1994  Received his Master’s degree in composition at MSU State Conservatory, studying with Ilhan Usmanbaş.
1994-96   Made further studies (Qualification in Arts) with Usmanbaş in the same institution.
1996  Moved to Boston, leaving his final studies unfinished.
1996-99  Studied with Lukas Foss and Marjorie Merryman at Boston University, received a DMA (Doctor of Musical Arts) degree in composition.
1999  Returned to Turkey, began to teach in the Composition Division of MSU State Conservatory.
2001  Became an associate professor of composition.
2004-09  Chair of Composition Division (Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University State Conservatory).
2005-08  International Relations Coordinator of Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University State Conservatory.
2006  Initiated Young Composers Festival, Sesin Yolculuğu (“Journey of Sound”) in Istanbul; Instructor in Ayvalık International Music Academy’s (AIMA) composition workshop.
2009  Professor of composition.
2009-12  Chair of Composition and Orchestral Conducting Program (MSFAU State Conservatory).
2010  Instructor in a composition workshop (“Klasik Keyifler”) in Cappadocia, Turkey.
2010-17 Coordinator of Sesin Yolculuğu (“Journey of Sound”) – Young Composers Festival.
2011  Composer in residence with the Philharmoniker Hamburg Kammerensemble.
2012  Jury member in the Ninth International Composition Competition “Città di Udine” and AIMA Composition Competition. Co-author of Müzikte Alımlama (Hermeneutics in Music), a book which received the Donizetti 2013 – Book of the Year Prize.
2013  Jury member in the Sevda-Cenap And Music Foundation Composition Competition.
2014-17  Chair of Music Department (MSFAU State Conservatory).

prizes
Donizetti 2011 – Composer of the Year Prize (Turkey)
Arioso Musica Domani International Composition Prize, 1st prize (Italy-USA, 2010)
Sofia 2010 International Composition Competition, 1st prize (Sofia, 2010)
Deutsche Welle Composition Prize (Cologne, 2002)
The BMW musica viva Composition Prize, 2nd prize (Munich, 1998)
2nd Nejat Eczacıbaşı National Composition Competition, shared 1st prize (Izmir, 1998)
Malloy Miller Memorial Composition Prize (Boston University, 1997)

commissions
Istanbul Music Festival (2016, Ludus Modalis)
Borusan Culture and Arts (2012, String Quartet)
Hotel Louis C. Jacob und der Philharmoniker Hamburg (2011, Uzun Hava)
Association for the Art of the Harp and Istanbul 2010 European Capital of Culture Agency (2010, Pigeons)
Deutsche Welle (2002, Portamento lento)

works performed by

orchestras*: Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, Bilkent Symphony Orchestra, Istanbul State Symphony Orchestra, Turkish National Youth Philharmonic Orchestra, Bursa Regional State Symphony Orchestra

ensembles*: Members of the Moldavian Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra and Antalya State Symphony Orchestra, Moskva New Music Ensemble, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra’s 10:10 Ensemble, Philharmoniker Hamburg Kammerensemble, Leopoldinum Chamber Orchestra, Sofia Soloists Chamber Orchestra, Orkestra Akademik Başkent, Yaşar University Chamber Orchestra, ALEA III, Borusan Quartet, Hezarfen Ensemble, The Divan Consort, The MIAM New Music Ensemble, Eastman School of Music Percussion Ensemble, Boston University Percussion Ensemble, Rezonans, Trio Arte, Boulanger Trio, Bilkent Su Trio, Interensemble Trio, the piano trios of Ludus Ensemble, Storstrøms Kammerensemble and Orchestrutopica

conductors*: Lucas Vis, Gunther Schuller, Gürer Aykal, Cem Mansur, Antonio Pirolli, Orhun Orhon, Ernst Kovacic, Plamen Djouroff, Theodore Antoniou, Dmitri Goya, Alexandre Vinogradov, Clark Rundell

instrumentalists* piano: Metin Ülkü, Birsen Ulucan, Hande Dalkılıç, Herbert Schuch, Gülru Ensari, Ece Demirci, Ayça Aytuğ, Türev Berki, Seda Röder, Elif Önal, Özgür Tuncer, Müge Hendekli, Can Okan, Elif Gökçe Tuğrul, Emine Serdaroğlu, Satoko Inoue, Tomoko Mukaiyama, Konstantinos Papadakis / harp: Şirin Pancaroğlu / violin: Özcan Ulucan, Cihat Aşkın, Hande Özyürek, Ellen Jewett, Sevil Ulucan, Jack Glatzer, Gamze Erengönül, Banu Aşan, Belemir Baran / viola: Ruşen Güneş / cello: Adrian Brendel, Gregory Hesselink, Dilbağ Tokay, Andreas Lend, Dorukhan Doruk, Yiğit Ülgen, Can Kehri, Ozan Tunca, Richárd Rózsa, Erman İmayhan, Rahşan Apay, Seren Karabey / flute: Aslıhan And / clarinet: Armand Angster, Ralph Lane, Arda Tuncer, Cihangir Nuvasil

works performed in

festivals / concert series*
3rd International New Music Festival (1993, Ankara), International Gaudeamus Music Week, 1995 (Amsterdam), Berlin-Istanbul Cultural Encounters (1998, Berlin), Istanbul Music Festival 2 (1998), musica viva (concert series of Bavarian Radio on contemporary music; 1999, Munich), Composers Rostrum (2000, Amsterdam), ECUME meetings (2001, Istanbul), Beethovenfest (2002, Bonn), International Eskişehir Music Festival (2003, 2008), Mediterranean Contemporary Music Days (2003, Istanbul), Istanbul Music Festival (2004), Türkfest (2004, London), Sarkis: A Milestone [exhibition] (2005, Istanbul), concert series of ALEA III (2006, Boston) and the Greek Composer’s Union (2006, Athens), Istanbul Bilgi University New Music Concert Series (2007), La Turchia e le “turcherie” (2009, Lucca), Saison de la Turquie en France (2010, Strasbourg), Music Documents concert series (2010, Tokyo), Mersin International Music Festival (2010), Istanbul 2010 European Capital of Culture, Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival (2011, Hamburg), Grumo Festival (2011, Grumo Appula), Synthermia International Contemporary Music Festival (2012, Thessaloniki), Istanbul Music Festival (2013), Uzeyir Hajibeyli International Music Festival (2013, Baku), International Northern Cyprus Music Festival (2013, Kyrenia), ISCM World Music Days (2014, Wrocław), Tallinn Chamber Music Festival (2015), Istanbul Music Festival (2016, 2017), “Young Euro Classic” Festival (2017, Berlin)

countries
Moldavia, Turkey, Netherlands, USA, Germany, England, Australia, Morocco, Greece, Austria, Poland, Italy, Denmark, France, Portugal, Japan, Bulgaria, Switzerland, Algeria, Hungary, Azerbaijan, Cyprus, Belgium, Spain, Estonia, Brazil, Malta, Colombia, Serbia, Czech Republic

* a selection