Veriko Tchumburidze – Violinist

First price winner of 15th international Henryk Wieniawski Violin Competition 2016

Veriko Tchumburidze, born in 1996, began her studies at Mersin University State Conservatory at the age of four as a student of Selahattin Yunkuş. She studied at Mersin University State Conservatory as a student of Lili Tchumburidze and continued her studies in 2010 with Prof. Dora Schwarzberg at the “Hochschule für Musik” in Vienna, as a scholar of the “Young Musicians on World Stages” (YMWS) project created and mentored by Güher & Süher Pekinel with financial support of Tüpraş.

Having been accepted to the Musikhochschule München, Tchumburidze continues her studies with Ana Chumachenco and attends her masterclasses in various countries. Tchumburidze attended Prof. Igor Ozim’s and Prof. Dora Schwarzberg’s masterclasses.

When just 8 years old, Tchumburidze won First Prize at the “Gülden Turalı National Violin Competition 2004”, and in 2006 received First Prize at the “Georgian National Competition”. In 2012, at 16, she won the first prize at the “7th International Tchaikovsky Competition for Young Musicians” with the highest score and consensus of the jury; accordingly she was invited to several international concerts and festivals in various countries including Russia, Switzerland and Germany.

Tchumburidze was chosen in 2013 by Andante Classical Music Magazine in Turkey as “Best Emerging Musician” and performed at the opening concert of the “41th Istanbul Music Festival” with the Borusan Symphony Orchestra. In the same year she was invited to participate in the “Seiji Ozawa Academy Master Class” and the “Verbier Festival” in Switzerland and to continue her studies with the famous violinist and pedagogue Ana Chumachenco, with whom she is working currently in Munich.

Her concert with the YMWS scholars in March 2014 at the Zurich Tonhalle Chamber Series was recorded live and published by Lila Plak as a DVD with interviews of DRS Radio. Immediately after the DVD release in 2014, Tchumburidze was invited to perform with the Swiss Chamber Orchestra in Lucerne KKL. After this concert she was chosen by “Orpheum Musik Stiftung” Zürich, which prepares extraordinary musicians for a world career, to release a CD series together with the Munich Chamber Orchestra under the baton of conductor Howard Griffiths on the occasion of Orpheum’s 25th anniversary in cooperation with Sony Classics.

As the first Turkish musician ever, Tchumburidze was accepted to participate in the renowned “XV. International Tchaikovsky Competition 2015”. Tchumburidze played with international Orchestras like the “Züricher Kammerorchester”, the “Münchener Kammerorchester”, the “Brandenburgisches Staatsorchester”, the “Musikkollegium Winterthur” and the “Russian State Symphony Orchestra”.

In 2015 as part of “Trio Arte” she played with fellow YMWS scholars Cellist Dorukhan Doruk and Pianist Yunus Tuncalı, at the Boğaziçi Albert Long Hall, Notre Dame de Sion Concert Hall and “D-Marin Classical Music Festival”. Further concerts with the “Trio Arte” were performed  within the chamber music series at the Süreyya Opera and Cemal Reşit Rey Concert Hall. In addition they performed the “L.V. Beethoven Triple Concerto” with Güher and Süher Pekinel and the Istanbul and Izmir Symphony Orchestras, as well as with the  “Presidential Symphony Orchestra” Ankara.

In January 2016 she performed in Zurich/Switzerland to promote her first realised CD by Sonny and gave various interviews with the most important international press. The same month, Tchumburidze recorded John Williams’ score for “Schindlers List” for Sony Classics with the “Brandenburgisches Kammerorchester” and Howard Griffiths. Due to her performances, Tchumburidze was elected by “Orpheum Stiftung” to headline the “Zürich Opernhaus Film Festival Opening Concert” on 1st October 2016.* (please see list below for upcoming concerts.)

As a member of “Trio Arte”, Tchumburidze received the first prize for chamber music at the “Pietro Argento International Music Competition” in June 2016 at Gioia del Colle, Italy. “Trio Arte” performed  with world famous violist Gérard Caussé a live filmed recital program right after the competition at the 44th IKSV International Istanbul Music Festival. “Trio Arte” performed also the world premiere of renowned composer Özkan Manav’s work “Ludus Modalis” specially written for this event and for the Trio.

In October 2016, at the tender age of 20, Veriko Tchumbridze won the First Prize at the prestigious International Henryk Wieniawski Violin Competition to attract immediate attention of the musical world.

After winning Wieniawski Competition, Tchumburidze has been invited to play at numerous festivals such as Beethoven Easter Festvial, Gstaad Menuhin Festival & Academy, Musica Mundi Festival, Musical Olympus Foundation Festival to play with Nicholas Angelich, Maxim Vengerov, Michael Sanderling and many others.

Since 2016, Tchumburidze has been playing a 1756 Giambattista Guadagnini instrument generously provided by the Deutsche Stiftung Musikleben.

 

Events 2017- 2018

 

 ♦ 2017 August 20, Sunday  7.30 pm  | Cracow / Poland | Music in Old Cracow Festival | The Church of the Augustinian Order

Sinfonietta Cracovia / Arman Tigranyan

Works by Beethoven, Mozart and Mendelssohn

Tickets: http://www.mwsk.pl/mwsk_2017_tickets.htm

2017 August 28, Monday  3.30 pm | Bad-Reichenhall / Germany | AlpenKlassik Festival | Konzertrotunde am Königlichen Kurgarten

With Mamikon Nakhapetov

Works by Wieniawski, Poulenc, Grieg

Tickets: https://www.bad-reichenhall.com/de/veranstaltungskalender/

♦ 2017 October 13, Friday 7.00 pm | Rzeszów / Poland | Main Hall of Philarmonic

Rzeszòw Philarmonic / Marek Pijarowski

Works by Rachmaninoff, Bruch ,Rossini

Tickets: http://www.filharmonia.rzeszow.pl/bilety/sprzedaz-i-rezerwacja-biletow/

♦ 2017 October 15, Sunday  6.00 pm | Poznań / Poland | Adam Mickiewicz University Hall

With Hanna Holeksa

Works by Händel, Schnittke, Szymanowski, Sarasate, Dvorak, Tchaikovsky

Tickets: https://www.bilety24.pl/kup-bilet-na-veriko-tchumburidze-skrzypce-33852?id=165441

♦ 2017 October 20, Friday  7.00 pm | Szczecin / Poland | Symphony Hall

Szczecin Philarmonic Symphony Orchestra  / Gemma New

Works by Schumann, Bruch, Mendelssohn

Tickets: http://filharmonia.szczecin.pl/events/688-Veriko_Tchumburidze____Winner_of_the_15th_International_Henryk_Wieniawski_Violin_Competition___

2017 October 28, Saturday  8.00 pm |  Munich / Germany | Prinzregententheater

Europamusicale Festival Strings / with Rudens Turku, Daniel Röhn, Ágnes Pusker and Hendrik Blumenroth

Work by Vivaldi –  ‘L’estro Armonico’

Tickets: https://www.muenchenticket.de/guide/tickets/216t6/Venezianische+Nacht+L+estro+Armonico.html

♦ 2017 November 5, Sunday  7.30 pm | Ludwigshafen / Germany | Pfalzbau – Konzersaal

Deutsche Staatsphilharmonie Rheinland Pfalz / Michael Sanderling

Works by Bruch, Strauss

Tickets: https://www.reservix.de/tickets-2philharmonisches-konzert-in-ludwigshafen-pfalzbau-konzertsaal-am-5-11-2017/e1020938

2017 November 6,  Monday  7.30 pm | Heidelberg / Germany | Stadhalle Heidelberg, Großer Saal

Deutsche Staatsphilharmonie Rheinland Pfalz / Michael Sanderling

Works by Bruch, Strauss

Tickets:https://www.reservix.de/tickets-1meisterkonzert-in-heidelberg-stadthalle-heidelberg-grosser-saal-am-6-11-2017/e1017717

♦ 2017 November 16, Thursday  8.00 pm | Istanbul / Turkey | LÜTFI KIRDAR ICEC

Borusan Philarmonic Orchestra & Magma Philarmonic Chorus & Coco Nelagati Ensemble / Gürer Aykal, Masis Aram Gözbek (chorus master)

Works by Shostakovich, Jenkins, Ramirez

Tickets: http://www.biletix.com/etkinlik/UBSAB/TURKIYE/en

♦ 2018 March 8, Thursday | Ankara /  Turkey | Concert Hall of Presidential Symphony Orchestra

Presidental Symphony Orchestra

Works by Beethoven

♦ 2018 March 9, Friday  | Ankara /  Turkey | Concert Hall of Presidential Symphony Orchestra

Presidental Symphony Orchestra

Works by Beethoven

♦ 2018 March 16, Friday | Antalya / Turkey |

Antalya State Symphony Orchestra / Antonio Pirolli

Works by Beethoven

♦ 2018 April 14, Saturday  4.00 pm | Hamburg, Germany | Teatime Classics |Laeiszhalle – Brahms Foyer

With Aris Alexander Blettenberg

Works by Dvorak, Strauss, Poulenc

Tickets: https://www.elbphilharmonie.de/en/whats-on/teatime-classics/9066

♦ 2018 April 20, Wednesday  7.00 pm | Opole / Poland | Opole Philarmonic Concert Hall

Opole Philarmonic

Works by Beethoven

♦ 2018 May 13, Sunday  3.30 pm | Eindhoven / Holland | Series of Big winners, big competitions | Small Hall of Muziekgebouw Eindhoven

With Aris Alexander Blettenberg

Works by Strauss, Poulenc, Ravel

Tickets: https://www.muziekgebouweindhoven.nl/mijntheater/reserveer/#modal=seatselect_overviewItem-150

♦ 2018 June 17, Sunday |  Porto / Portugal |  Casa da Música

Orquestra Sinfónica do Porto Casa da Música / Baldur Brönnimann

Works by Khachaturian

♦ 2018 June 30, Saturday  8.00 pm | Neuzelle / Germany | Monastery of Neuzelle

Brandenburgisches Staatsorchester Frankfurt /  Howard Griffiths

Works by Beethoven

Tickets: http://www.bsof.de/index.php?s=7

♦ 2018 August 5, Sunday  3.00 pm  | Schleswig-Holstein / Germany | Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival 2018

Details to be announced.

♦ 2018 August 18, Saturday  10.30 am | Gstaad / Switzerland | Gstaad Menuhin Festival & Academy 2018 – Matinée des Jeunes Etoiles

Details to be announced.

 

 

 

Dorukhan Doruk – Cellist

Dorukhan Doruk was born in Istanbul in 1991 and began his studies in 2000 with Dilbağ Tokay at the Mimar Sinan University State Conservatory. In 2008 he continued his studies with Prof. Claus Kanngiesser at the “Hochschule für Musik” in Cologne. From October 2012 onwards, Doruk continued his studies with the famous cellist Truls Mørk at the Norwegian Academy of Music in Oslo, while completing his Bachelor Degree in Cologne.

Doruk was selected in 2010 as a scholar for the “Young Musicians on World Stages” Project (YMWS), created and mentored by Güher & Süher Pekinel, with financial support of Tüpraş. In the same year Doruk won 1st Prize at the “Liezen International Cello Competition” in Austria and 1st Prize and 5 Special Prizes at the “8th International Antonio Janigro Cello Competition” in Croatia. In 2011 he received Andante Music Magazine’s award for “Best Emerging Musician”. In 2015 Dorukhan Doruk won 2nd Prize and 2 Special Awards at the “X. Witold Lutoslawski International Cello Competition” in Poland.

In 2013, Doruk performed with Junge Philharmonie Köln in Germany and attended the masterclass at the “Seiji Ozawa Academy in Switzerland”. In March 2014 he took part in a DVD recording of the YMWS concert at Zürich Tonhalle. In addition, he performed at the opening of the “42nd Istanbul Music Festival” with Borusan Symphony Orchestra and took part in concerts at the Ayvalık, Bodrum D-Marin and Samos Festivals. In 2015 he performed as a YMWS scholar at the “Vehbi Koç Award Ceremony” and performed as part of Trio Arte at the Boğaziçi Albert Long Hall, Notre Dame de Sion Concert Hall and “D-Marin Classical Music Festival”. In April 2016 he performed as part of Trio Arte chamber music concerts at the Süreyya Opera and Cemal Reşit Rey Concert Hall. Again “Trio Arte” performed the “L.V. Beethoven Triple Concerto” with the Pekinels and the “Presidential Symphony Orchestra of Turkey” in Ankara, Turkey and also with the Izmir and Istanbul State Symphony Orchestra. In June 2016 Doruk took to the stage as part of “Trio Arte” at the Istanbul Music Festival (IKSV) together with world famous violist Gérard Caussé and performed the world premiere of renowned composer Özkan Manavs’ work “Ludus Modalis” which was specially written for this event. Together with Gülru Ensari he performed recital concerts at Süreyya Opera Istanbul, Culture University Denizli and at Bilkent Concert Hall Ankara.

In 2015 he took to the stage with famous cellist David Geringas at a chamber music concert in Germany, as well as quartet as part of the “Seiji Ozawa Matsumoto Festival”. Doruk performed during the “Jeju Music Festival” in January 2016 as a member of the Trio Bell’Arte and as a soloist of the “Hankyung Sinfonietta” under the conductorship of Gum Nanse. In February 2016, he played with the Trio Bell’Arte once more, this time at the Gangdon Arts Center in Seoul.

June 2016 Doruk received as a member of “Trio Arte” the First Prize for chamber music at the “Pietro Argento International Music Competition” at Gioia del Colle in Italy. At the 44. IKSV International Istanbul Music Festival, a live recording was made of the performance of Trio Arte with world famous violist Gérard Caussé. Here, “Trio Arte” also performed the world premiere of renowned composer Özkan Manav’s work “Ludus Modalis”, specially written for this event and for Trio Arte.

Currently Dorukhan Doruk is continuing his musical carreer with the Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks (BRSO). 

 

Can Çakmur – Pianist

Our sincere congratulations to our YMWS-Scholar of 4 years Can Çakmur, for winning First Prize at the Scottish International Piano Competition 2017, in Glasgow.

Can Çakmur, born in 1997, was selected in 2013 as a scholar for the “Young Musicians on World Stages” Project, initiated and mentored by Güher & Süher Pekinel, with the financial support of Tüpraş. Çakmur was accepted to the “International Mendelssohn Academy” in Leipzig and the “Pianale Junior Academy” in Schlitz in the same year.

In 2015 Çakmur successfully passed the entrance exam of the “Hochschule für Musik Franz Liszt Weimar” with the jury’s highest score, and continued his music studies with renowned pianist Grigory Gruzmann as well as Emre Şen in Turkey and Prof. Diane Andersen in Belgium.

After being a finalist at “Les Recontres Internationales Jeunes Pianistes” competition in 2010, Çakmur participated at the master classes of Prof. Diane Andersen. Since then, has taken part at the master classes of Prof. Grigory Gruzman, Prof. Justas Dvarionas, Prof. Alan Weiss and Prof. Arie Vardi. The young pianist was accepted to “Schola Cantorum” 2012 where he worked with Prof. Marcella Crudeli and received the “Diplôme de Virtuosite” 2014.

After being a finalist at “Les Recontres Internationales Jeunes Pianistes” competition in 2010, Çakmur participated at the master classes of Prof. Diane Andersen. Since then, has taken part at the master classes of Prof. Grigory Gruzman, Prof. Justas Dvarionas, Prof. Alan Weiss and Prof. Arie Vardi. The young pianist was accepted to “Schola Cantorum” 2012 where he worked with Prof. Marcella Crudeli and received the “Diplôme de Virtuosite” 2014.

At the “International Rome Piano Competition” 2012 Çakmur received the first prize of the Category A, at the “Kamuran Gündemir National Piano Competition (adult category)” 2013 he won the Second prize – First Prize not awarded – as well as the Special Prize for the “Best interpretation of a piece by a Turkish composer”. Can Çakmur was awarded 2014 with a scholarship at the “Pianale Junior” Series for season 2014 and 2015 and won the EMCY-Prize. In the same year Çakmur received the Donizetti Classical Music Award in the category of “Young Musician of the Year”. Furthermore the young pianist was the Award winner of two special prizes for “The best performance of a romantic and a classical piece” at the “X. International Balys Dvarionas Competition for Young Pianists Competition 2016”  in Lithuania.

In 2015, Can Çakmur headlined the Istanbul Music Festival’s opening concert, playing Shostakovich’s “piano concerto in F minor” featuring the Borusan Istanbul Philharmonic Orchestra and performed at the “32nd International Ankara Music Festival”. He played with fellow YMWS scholars at the Boğaziçi Albert Long Hall, the Notre Dame de Sion Concert Hall, the Süreyya Opera, the Cemal Reşit Rey Concert Hall and with the students of the “Weimar Musikhochschule” for “Dies Academicus” Schönberg’s “Pierrot Lunaire Op. 21” in Weimar/Germany.  

Additionally, to this date Çakmur has given various concerts at the Mozarthaus Ankara, the Izmir Adnan Saygun Hall and the Erimtan Museum, as well as at the “11th D-Marin International Classical Music Festival” and a recital at the 60. Anniversary event of the Middle East Technical University in Ankara.

In Europe, Çakmur has played in Ruïnekerk-Bergen, Muziekgebouw – Eindhoven and Dorpskerk Castricum-Holland, Teatro di Marcello-Rome, Kunststation Kleinsassen Fulda and Weimar. The young pianist played further concerts in Kassel/Germany and Rome/Italy and at Steve Reich’s “Music for 18 Musicians” with the “New Music Ensemble Weimer” in 2016.

His concerts are frequently recorded by TRT 3 Radio Turkey. Çakmur has been writing on Classical Music for Andante Music Magazine since 2015. Çakmur plays on a Yamaha C3X Grand Piano, which was provided by the generosity of the YMWS project.

On September 10, 2017 Can Çakmur won First Prize at the Scottish International Piano Competition in Glasgow. As a member of The World Federation of International Music Competitions,  the Scottish International Piano Competition is well known since its establishment in 1986 amongst Europe’s most prestigious piano competitions.

Tolga Atalay Ün – Pianist, Harpsichordist, Conductor

Born in 1995, Turkish-American pianist and harpsichordist Tolga Atalay Ün is currently continuing his studies at the Royal College of Music, London.

While currently studying piano with Prof. Norma Fisher, he also studied the harpsichord for two years with Prof.Terence Charlston and piano with Prof. Niel Immelman. He is a Kenneth and Violet Scott Scholar at the The Royal College of Music. He was supported for concert and master classes from Talent Unlimited London and the Sevda Cenap And Music Foundation.

In September 2016 Ün was selected for the “Young Musicians on the World Stages” project created and mentored by Güher and Süher Pekinel with financial support of Tüpraş.

Playing as a soloist as well as conducting the Ankara Youth Symphony Orchestra in the opening concert of the 33rd International Ankara Music Festival in April 2016 won him great recognition amongst musical authorities.

Tolga Atalay Ün has played numerous concerts in many different countries such as Turkey, United Kingdom, Germany, Austria, Greece and Romania. Ün participated in masterclasses given by renowned pianists and harpsichordists such as Ton Koopman, Janina Fialkowska, Rolf Plagge, Idil Biret, Özgür Aydın, Gülsin Onay, Ian Jones, Gordon Fergus-Thompson, Andrew Zolinsky, Anton Voigt, Jia Xie, Rostislav Yovchev, David Wilde, Pawel Kaminski, Dmitar Tsanev, Jozsef Balog, Alessandro Tenaglia, Manolis Papasifakis and Krassimir Taskov. He also took conducting lessons from Turkish Conductors Orhun Orhon, Ibrahim Yazıcı and Burak Tüzün. As a result, Ün conducted numerous concerts with orchestras such as Hitit Philharmonic Orchestra (a volunteer orchestra that he formed with his peers), Hacettepe Youth Symphony Orchestra and Ankara Youth Symphony Orchestra.

In 2004, he was accepted as a member of the Polyphonic Children’s Choir of the Turkish Ministry of Culture and Tourism, conducted by Ahter Destan. Between the years of 2004-2009, he played in many concerts, tours and organisations as a choir member and accompanist. In 2007, he was offered to start his professional piano studies with Sibel Özgün at the Hacettepe University Ankara State Conservatory, where he graduated with the “Top of the School Award” in 2014. During his seven-year conservatory education; he gave many concerts, premiered many pieces and made many radio recordings as a pianist, conductor, chamber musician and accompanist.

He took lessons on Modern Music History and Contemporary Music Techniques from Turkish composer Ilhan Baran between 2009-2013. In May 2009, he was awarded the “honourable mention” in the “4th International Istanbul Pera Piano Competition”. In 2010, he was awarded the “Jury Special Award” at the “National Chopin Piano Competition”, which was organized jointly by Başkent University and Bahçelievler Rotary Club in Ankara, Turkey under the auspices of the Polish Embassy, to commemorate Chopin’s 200th birthday. After winning this prize, he got an invitation to become one of the founder members of Bahçelievler Interact Club. As an Interact, he has had the opportunity of participating in various social activities. In November 2015, he won the ‘Second Prize’ at the Broadwood Horniman Harpsichord Competition.

 

Alican Süner – Violin

Born in 1992, Turkish violinist Alican Süner has been accepted in September 2017 to receive the scholarship of the “Young Musicians on World Stages” project initiated and mentored by Güher & Süher Pekinel and supported by Tüpraş.

Alican Süner is a first prize winner of numerous international competitions. In 2015 he won the top prizes at Max Rostal Competition in Berlin and XXII. Concorso Postacchini in Fermo, Italy. He also received the Audience Prize and the award of FJM Berlin at the Max Rostal Competition, and his Tchaikovsky concerto was broadcast by the German Culture Radio. In addition, Alican Süner was the “Vincitore Assoluto” (Absolute Winner) of the XXII. Concorso Postacchini, where he was awarded the Medal of the President of the Italian Republic, followed by the nomination for the “Young Musician of the Year Award 2016” as part of Donizetti Awards in Istanbul. He was the winner of the 2008 Gülden Turalı National Violin Competition in Mersin, and “Nevid Kodallı Young Talent Prize” in 2010.

Alican Süner has played as a soloist at important European concert venues; e.g. Berliner Philharmonie, Konzerthaus Berlin, Leipzig Gewandhaus, Tonhalle Zürich, Teatro Filarmonico di Verona and Teatre Principal de Palma de Mallorca among others, as well as at international festivals such as Kissinger Sommer and Música Mallorca. He performed with orchestras including Berlin Konzerthausorchester, Filarmonica Marchigiana, Brandenburger Symphoniker, I Virtuosi Italiani and Cottbus Theater Philharmonic, and worked with conductors such as Ryusuke Numajiri, Evan Christ and Romolo Gessi. As a chamber musician, the young violinist appeared with noted musicians such as Nora Chastain, Kolja Blacher, Adrian Oetiker, Stephan Picard, Silvia Simionescu and Troels Svane.

Alican received his first violin lessons in Mersin from Lili Tchumburidze. In the following years, he played with the most prominent Turkish orchestras including Istanbul State Symphony, Bilkent Symphony, Bursa State Symphony, Mersin State Opera as well as the Presidential Symphony Orchestra of Turkey. He has worked with important Turkish conductors, such as Rengim Gökmen, Ibrahim Yazıcı, Naci Özgüç, Cem Mansur and Işın Metin. After his graduation from the Mersin Conservatory, Alican Sünergot accepted to Prof. Thomas Christian’s class in Detmold. Currently he is pursuing his master’s degree with Prof. Nora Chastain at the Berlin University of the Arts. Alican is at the same time a member of the Karajan Academy of the Berliner Philharmoniker, where he’s working with the 1. concertmaster Noah Bendix-Balgley.

Alican Süner currently plays on a G. B. Gabrielli 1757 violin, a generously loan by a German foundation. His repertoire covers well-known violin concertos as well as the whole Paganini caprices.

 

Awards and Nominations

2016 – Nomination for the “Young Musician of the Year Award 2016” in Istanbul

2015 – 1st Prize, Audience Award and Award of the FJM Berlin, at the International Max Rostal Competition in Berlin, Germany

2015 – 1st Prize and Absolute Winner of the competition at the XXII. Concorso Postacchini in Fermo, Italy, awarded the Medal of the President of the Italian Republic

2010 – “Nevid Kodallı Young Talent Prize” in Turkey

2008 – 1st Prize at the III. Gülden Turalı National Violin Competition

2006 – 2nd Prize at the II. Gülden Turalı National Violin Competition in Mersin, Turkey

Umut Sağlam – Cellist

Born in Ankara in 1998, Umut Sağlam started his violoncello studies in 2009 at the Hacettepe University State Conservatory, with Tufan Tahir Tolga. During this time, he performed at several concerts, including solo performances and chamber music concerts.

In 2014, he began studying at the Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University State Conservatory with Dilbağ Tokay. He made his concerto debut as a soloist in 2014 under the baton of Gürer Aykal. In the same year, he performed several concerts as a soloist with MSFAU State Conservatory Symphony Orchestra. As a soloist, Umut Sağlam played Haydn C Major Cello Concerto with Bakırköy Chamber Orchestra and with MSFAU Youth Orchestra in 2015. Under the baton of Tulio Gagliardo Varas in 2016, he played the Tchaikovsky Rococo Variations with Samsun State Opera Orchestra. In 2017, he was awarded First Prize at the “International Young Talents Competition” held by Istanbul State Symphony Orchestra and played Haydn C Major Cello Concerto as a soloist with the orchestra under the baton of Lukasz Borowicz. Same year he performed with pianist Eren Aydoğdu in “Rising Stars Concert Series” held by Iş Arts and was awarded First Prize and the “Meriç Soylu Special Award”.

In 2015, received Second Prize at the International Competition of German and Austrian Music “Magic”. In the same year, he won First Prize at the 25th Young Musician International Competition “Città di Barletta”.

In addition to his studies at the conservatory, Umut Sağlam studied with well-known artists such as; Daniel Barenboim, Johannes Moser, Peter Bruns, Maria Kliegel, Christoph Henkel, Alexander Hülshoff, Alexander Rudin, Jiri Barta and Michael Haber.

Since 2016 Umut Sağlam is continuing his studies with Claudius Popp at the Barenboim – Said Akademie in Berlin.

In 2017 he has performed in many concerts and since 2018 with the invitation of Maestro Daniel Barenboim, he will be performing with West Eastern Divan Orchestra.

As latest he  won the Soloist category First Prize in the Gaetano Zinetti Music Competition which was held in Sanguinetto/Italy.

 

 

 

Eren Aydoğan – Pianist

 

Having started his musical education at the age of 7 with Fahri Pekiner, Eren Aydoğan got enrolled at the Istanbul University State Conservatory at the age of 11, continuing his studies with Prof. Ova Sünder.  He made his debut with IUDK Symphony Orchestra, playing Liszt’s First Piano Concerto at the age of 15. Aged 16, Aydoğan graduated from the conservatory, performed Rachmaninoff’s Second Piano Concerto with Istanbul State Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Betin Güneş and won full scholarship for postgraduate studies at Trinity College of Music under the tutelage of Yonty Solomon, Douglas Finch and Deniz Arman Gelenbe.

During his postgraduate studies, Aydoğan won several prizes in piano and chamber music competitions and also had opportunities to work with distinguished  musicians such as Sergio Perticaroli, Gary Graffman, Stephen Kovacevich.

As a scholar of the “Young Musicians on World Stages” (YMWS) project created and mentored by Güher & Süher Pekinel, Aydoğan continues his studies at The Buchmann-Mehta School of Music with Prof. Arie Vardi. In 2014, Aydogan started teaching at Istanbul University State Conservatory and Mimar Sinan University State Conservatory in 2015.

Aydoğan continues to teach at the Mimar Sinan University State Conservatory in Istanbul and to work with Prof. Arie Vardi in Tel Aviv.

 

Awards

2004   Galleria Piano Competition  /  1st Prize  ISTANBUL

2006   Trinity College of Music

The Cavatina Trust Chamber Music Competition /  1st Prize (Trio)

2007    Trinity College of Music The TCM Soloists Competition  / 2nd Prize

2008   Il Circolo Music Awards

Scarlatti Sonata Competition  / 1st Prize

 

Naz İrem Türkmen – Violin

 

Naz Irem Turkmen was born in Istanbul at 14 July 2006. She started her violin education with Aslı Erdal at Istanbul State Conservatuary when she was 7 years old.

Naz Irem Turkmen continues her violin studies at Istanbul State Conservatuary with Prof. Ceyda Uzgören. She studies privately with Muhammedjan Turdiev and Prof. Sonja Korkeala.

Naz İrem Türkmen, is being supported by the sponsorship of TÜPRAŞ in the Project initiated and mentored by Güher & Süher Pekinel named “Young Musicians on World Stages”.

She has attended the master classes of Yossif Radionov, Mincho Minchev, Dania Kainova, Seda Subaşı, Kirill Troussev and Annelie Gahl.

 

Competitions:

     

The first prize winner at the Serbia Internet Music Competition

2016

Serbia

 

The first prize winner at International Grand Prize Virtuoso Music Competition ………………………

2016

Austria

 

The first prize winner at the 14th Individualis Violin Competition

2016

Ukraine

 

The “Best Interpretation for a Baroque Sonate” in Anton Rubinstein Violin Competition

2017

Germany

 

The second prize winner the 42th International Nedjalka Simeonava Violin Competition

2017

Bulgaria

 

The third prize winner in International Arthur Grumiaux Violin Competition

2017

Belgium

 

The first prize winner at Vth International Music Competition “Heirs of Orpheus”

2017

Bulgaria

 

The assolute first prize winner at VIII. International Music Competition “Musican Fireworks in Baden-Württemberg””

2018

Germany

 
 

Grand Prize and Special Prize for Exceptional Artists Personality winner at Odessa International Violin Competition under 17 years of Age – Junior category                      

2018

Ukraine

 

Prix d’excellence   winner at 2nd Ilona Feher International Violin Competiton                  

2018

Hungary

 

 

Concerts:

 
   

Soloist at Izmir State Symphony Orchestra

: Izmir, TURKEY

Soloist at Eskisehir State Symphony Orchestra

: Eskisehir, TURKEY

Soloist at Istanbul State Opera&Ballet Orchestra

: Istanbul, TURKEY

İş Sanat Parlayan Yıldızlar

: Istanbul, TURKEY

PERA Music Festival

: Istanbul, TURKEY

Bursa Music Festival

: Bursa, TURKEY

Arsu Sanat

: Istanbul, TURKEY

Schloss Zell an der Pram

: Zell an der Pram, AUSTRIA

Mozarthaus

: Ankara, TURKEY

Salzburg Mozarteum

: Salzburg, AUSTRIA

 

 

Prize:

Third prize winner at “Meric Soylu Prize” after the concert at İş Sanat Parlayan Yıldızlar.

 

Youtube links:

 

Odessa Competition                                                   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qU5Rtev33Fk

 

Pablo de Sarasate – Zigeunerweisen  

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FW3291y6HqA

 

Brahms – Scherzo

 

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LNo2vmhQoGM

 

Beethoven – Sonate No 5 op 24 Part 1

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A4FG4e-UmZw

Handel – Sonate G moll

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EmTxpaPWx6Y

Henryk Wieniawski – Caprice No.4      

 

https://youtu.be/fTvyhiWPJAY

Novacek – Perpetuum Mobile

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wYzX0xMxJw8

Korkmaz Can Sağlam – Pianist

Korkmaz Can Sağlam began studying piano at the age of six, and gave his first recital at the age of eleven. After he got accepted to Bilkent University, Music and Ballet Primary School at the age of seven, he started working with Ms. Gamze Kırtıl.

He received scholarships from Sevda Cenap And Music Foundation and private sponsors. In 2018, he was accepted as a scholar of the “Young Musicians on World Stages” project created and mentored by Güher & Süher Pekinel with financial support of Tüpraş.

Throughout the years, he played in masterclasses of artists such as Pavel Gililov, Boris Berman, Ilya Itin, Michel Beroff and Jean-Francois Heisser. He also performed in festivals such as the Gümüşlük Classical Music Festival, Antalya Piano Festival and Bellapais Music Festival. He has performed throughout Turkey; in Europe, he has appeared in concerts in France. Belgium and Italy. He also has active chamber music performances, performing with his quintet at the Bilkent Chamber Music Days and several other venues.

After studying with Ms. Gamze Kırtıl at the Bilkent University Music and Performing Arts High School, he is now studying with Antonio Pompa-Baldi and Sergei Babayan at the Cleveland Institute of Music.

 

Yağızcan Keskin – Clarinetist

Born in Izmir in 1993, Yağızcan Keskin started his clarinet education in 2007 at Dokuz Eylül University State Conservatory in Izmir with Ender Gülenler and became a member of the Doğuş Youth Symphony Orchestra  in 2008.

At the end of 2009 he graduated from high school one year early and was awarded with a scholarship as part of the “Young Musicians on World Stages” project initiated and mentored by Güher & Süher Pekinel, sponsored by Tüpraş and participated in the master class of Prof. Guy Dangain, who invited him to Paris to work with him towards his higher education.  Yağızcan Keskin won the third prize in the summer of 2011 at the “Marsyas International Clarinet Competition” and also succeeded in being accepted into the National Youth Symphony Orchestra, performing several concerts with them. Keskin has also performed with several orchestras, including Izmir State Symphony and Dokuz Eylül University Academic Symphony Orchestras. He went on tour with the “Animato Orchestra” led by Howard Griffiths in autumn 2012 and won first prize at the 2012 “Dobrich International Music Competition”.

Keskin took the chance to work with Guy Dangain, Michel Lethiec, Nicolas Baldeyrou, Christian Debauve, Alain Boeglin, Pierre Woudenberg and  Wenzel Fuchs. He continues his studies at the Lübeck Musikhochschule in Germany with Reiner Wehle and Sabine Meyer.

Keskin will be continuing his master studies at the Dokuz Eylül University, Faculty of Fine Arts in Turkey.

Yağızcan Keskin was a scholar of the “Young Musicians on World Stages” Project initiated and mentored by Güher and Süher Pekinel and sponsored by Tüpraş from 2010 to 2013.

 

Trio Arte

The aim of the project “Young Musicians on World Stages” (YMWS) created and mentored by Güher & Süher Pekinel with the financial support of Tüpraş is to select young outstanding talents and provide them the opportunity to develop and deepen their unique artistic identities as musicians to compete at world standards.

The goal is, besides their training as soloists, to make it possible to work at the best educational institutions with the best musicians in Europe, as well as providing them highest quality instruments and helping to build international careers.

The project’s main focus is Chamber Music, besides its contribution to musicians to become a conscious and knowledgeable soloist, it also opens the door to a deep intellectual and analytical platform, where instantly different musical interpretations and approaches are shared, allowing them to reach the highest level of music making.

Due to their high performances and interpretations at prestigious platforms “Trio Arte”, which consists of the three very talented YMWS Scholars Violinist Veriko Tchumburidze, Cellist Dorukhan Doruk and Pianist Yunus Tuncalı was formed.

Their concert 2014 at the Zurich Tonhalle Chamber Series was live recorded and published by Lila Plak as a DVD with interviews of DRS Radio. “Trio Arte” performed 2015 /16 concerts at the Boğaziçi Albert Long Hall, Notre Dame de Sion Concert Hall and the “D-Marin Classical Music” Festival. Furthermore “Trio Arte” performed with Güher and Süher Pekinel in 2016 Beethoven’s ‘’Concerto for Violin, Cello and Piano op.56‘’ with the main orchestras such as Izmir and Istanbul State Symphony and the Ankara Presidential Symphony Orchestra. At the same year “Trio Arte” played chamber music concerts at the Süreyya Opera and Cemal Reşit Rey Concert Hall as well as at the Boğaziçi University Albert Long Hall.

2016 “Trio Arte” received the First Prize for chamber music at the “Pietro Argento International Music Competition, 1-5 June” at Gioia del Colle in Italy. A live filmed recital program was played right after the competition at the 44. IKSV International Istanbul Music Festival with world famous violist Gérard Caussé. “Trio Arte” performed the world premiere of renowned composer Özkan Manav’s work “Ludus Modalis” specially written for this event.

 

Veriko Tchumburidze – Violin

Veriko Tchumburidze born in 1996, began her studies at Mersin University State Conservatory at the age of four as a student of Selahattin Yunkuş. She studied at Mersin University State Conservatory as a student of Lili Tchumburidze and continued her studies in 2010 with Prof. Dora Schwarzberg as a scholar of the “Young Musicians on World Stages” (YMWS) project created by Güher & Süher Pekinel with financial support of Tüpraş, at the “Hochschule für Musik” in Vienna. More

 

Dorukhan Doruk – Cello

Cellist Dorukhan Doruk who was awarded at  international competitions like the “X. Witold Lutoslawski International Cello Competition” in Poland, gave concerts at the most important concert houses in Europe like the Wiener Konzerthaus, the Züricher Tonhalle and the Genève Victoria Hall. More

 

Yunus Tuncalı – Piano

Born in 1992, Yunus Tuncalı was introduced to music at a very early age, starting his musical education at “Bilkent University School of Music and Performing Arts” with Sevinç Keser, Emre Şen and Stiliana Stavreva at the piano. In 2009 Tuncalı received the 1. Prize at the “3. Anatolian University Piano Competition” in Eskişehir. ...More

 

Doğa Altınok – Violinist

Born in 2000, Doğa Altınok was chosen as “Young Musician of the Year” (under 18 years of age) by Andante Magazine in 2012 and in 2013 was accepted as a scholar to the “Young Musicians on World Stages” (YMWS) project initiated and mentored by Güher and Süher Pekinel with financial support of Tüpraş .

Altınok began her violin education at Çukurova State University Conservatory with  Prof. Hakan Çuhadar in 2007 and was accepted to the class of Daniya Kaynova in 2009. In 2014 she was elected to the “Class for Highly Gifted Children’’ at the University of Music and Performing Art in Vienna. Altınok continues her education at the Amadeus Music School and her private studies with Prof. Dora Schwarzberg.

She plays on a violin made by Jean Baptiste Vuillaume in 1845, which was provided by the generosity of the YMSW Project.

At her young age Doğa has already been awarded with several prizes. In 2011 she won the first prize in her own category and with her group for the Chamber Music category at the “Berlin International Sforzando Music Competitions”, at the “Serbian International Internet Competition”, at the “International Argentina ‘Iguazu en Concierto’ Music Festival” and she was also awarded with the 1st prize 2014 in the C category of the ‘’Emuse Online Music Competition’’ in Greece. In her category she won the second prize at the “10th International Independent Music for Individuals” competition in the Ukraine in 2012. In 2015 Altınok received First Prizes at the “11th International Competition – Young Virtuosos” in Sofia, at the “22nd International Competition – Andrea Postacchini” in Fermo-Italy, at the “Semmering International Summer Music Academy Competition for string instruments”, as well as at the “Grand Prize Virtuoso” competition in Vienna-Austria.

Since then, Doğa Altınok has performed with various orchestras, including Izmir, Bursa, Antalya, Presidential and Istanbul State Symphony Orchestras and played at the “Iş Bank Arts’ Rising Stars” concert. In 2013 Altınok was invited to perform at the “Moscow Meets Friends Festival” by Viladimir Spivakov in Moscow, and in January 2014 she played at the Tokyo Saitama Japan Plaza North Concert Hall with the Orchestra. Within the context of ‘’Winners and Masters’’ she performed at the famous Gasteig Concert Hall in Munich, at the “Magna Auditorium Glass Hall” with the Vienna “Musikverein” and performed at the “Amadeus Music School Gala Concert” in the Muth Concert Hall.  Furthermore she played the “Saint-Saens violin concerto” under the baton of conductor Ovidiu Balan, together with the Bacau Philharmonic Orchestra in Milan/Italy.

In 2015 and 2016 she performed as YMWS scholar at the Boğaziçi Albert Long Hall and Notre Dame de Sion Concert Hall and with Scholar Can Çakmur at the “Mozart Haus” in Ankara. In April 2016 Altınok performed as YMWS soloist at the Süreyya Opera and Cemal Reşit Rey Concert Hall. In the same year she  performed at the Gala Concert of “Ankara Bilkent Violin Days Masterclass“. In April 2016, Doğa Altınok played “Saint Saens Violin Concerto No:3” with the Odessa Philharmonic Orchestra at the Odessa Philharmonic Hall under baton of Maestro Ertuğ Korkmaz.

In July 2016 Altınok gave Recital concerts as solo and duo in Ukraine as well as in France at the “Festival Musique Conques”.

In April 2017 she played Zigeunerweisen by Sarasate with the Presidential Symphony Orchestra in Ankara under the baton of Maestro Orhun Orhon. In May 2017 she shared the first prize with Umut Sağlam at the “National Young Talents” competition in Istanbul. As the prize of this competition she played Mozart Violin Concerto No.4 in D maj. with Istanbul State Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Maestro Lukasz Borowicz.

In July 2017 she will participate in the Second Dora Schwarzberg summer Academy in Lviv Ukraine, in August the same year she will participate in ISA ( International Summer Academy ) by MDW Univercity in Semmering Austria. Also in October 2017, she is planning to participate in Lac Leman violin masterclasses at Blonay Switzerland with Prof. Michaela Martin and Prof. Boris Kushnir.

At 25-26-27 April 2018 she will play Othello Fantasie by H.W.Ernst with the Presidential Symphony Orchestra Ankara under the baton of Maestro Tolga Taviş.

After being supported for 4 years inclusively a Jean Baptiste Vuillaume , 1845 violin,since 2017, Doğa is no longer an active member of “Young Musicians on World Stages” though will remain always a part of the project. 

Görkem Çiçek – Cellist

Görkem Çiçek, born in Sakarya in 1996, began his musical life by learning bağlama (a traditional Turkish music instrument) from his father at the age of 7 and by participating in various Turkish Folk Music competitions as a soloist.

He was introduced to classical music at the Kütahya Fine Arts and Sports High School, where he began his studies with Melih Selen. He started working with his first violoncello with Melih Selen. During his second year in 2012, at a concert he played with the Anatolian University Conservatory, he met Ass. Prof. Yuri Semenov, lecturer at the conservatory, with whom he continued his private studies.

In the summer of 2014, Çiçek took the undergraduate placement exam conducted by Anadolu University and passed it successfully. He has been continuing working professionally with Yuri Semenov since first term of that year. During this time, he participated in the violoncello contest “Aziz Gürerk Anısına” on 25-26 April at the CSO Stage in Ankara and he advanced to final the stage.

In 2014 Çiçek was accepted  to the Anatolian University Conservatory, where he pursues his studies with Yuri Semenov. During his second year of education in 2015 he reached the finals of the “In memory of Aziz Gürer Cello Competition” at the Presidential Symphony Orchestra Concert Hall.

In the same year Çiçek was selected for the “Young Musicians on the World Stages” Project created and mentored by Güher & Süher Pekinel with the financial support of Tüpraş.

In April 2016 Çiçek performed with Pianist Tayfun Ilhan at the Eskişehir University and in the same month played another concert with the Pianist Yıldız Çiçek Sivri at the Eskişehir Atatürk High School of Fine Arts.

At the “Valery Gavrilin International Cello Competition, 18-20 April 2016” in Moscow Çiçek received the Second Prize, (the first and third prize were not awarded) as well as two Outstanding Diplomas, one being a Diploma for ‘The Best Interpretation of the Tchaikovsky Pezzo-Capriccioso as a virtuous small piece” and a special Sponsor Prize.

Çiçek is participated in the masterclass of Jens Peter Maintz in Ayvalık in September 2016 and is participated in the “11th International Antonio Janigro Cello Competition” in Croatia in October 2016. In September and October 2016 Çiçek is playing three different recitals in Eskişehir and Kütahya.

In April 2016, he was awarded second place in the V. Gavrilin International Cello Competition in Russia (first and third place not awarded), Tchaikovsky Pezzo- Capriccioso with the best virtuoso small piece interpretation award, Sponsor Special Award and an external achievement certificate. After the contest, he was invited to play at the Gala Concert in the big concert hall.

Görkem Çiçek has attended Prof. Wen-Sinn Yang, Christoph Henkel, Garbis Atmacayan, Giancarlo Guarino and Dilbağ Tokay’s Chamber Music and solo masterclasses.

He has played concerts with Işın Metin and Erdem Çöloğlu in  Eskişehir Anadolu University Symphony Orchestra and Eskişehir Metropolitan Municipality Symphony Orchestra as soloist.

In March 2017, he won the first prize in the 8th International Akademia Art Festival and Instrument and Vocal Competition held in the City of St. Petersburg so he played at Gala concerts in the Lermontov Library Hall, which is one of the most important historical places and Petersburg Polytechnic University’s big concert hall.

Görkem Çiçek continues to be supported by Güher & Süher Pekinel’s Project “Young Musicians on World Stages” and the TÜPRAŞ sponsorship. He is currently pursuing his musical education at the Hochschule für Musik Theater und Medien in Hannover, Germany.

 

Yunus Tuncalı – Pianist

Yunus Tuncalı who was born in 1992, started his musical education at “Bilkent University School of Music and Performing Arts” with Sevinç Keser, Emre Şen and Stiliana Stavreva at the piano. In 2009 Tuncalı received the 1. Prize at the “3. Anatolian University Piano Competition” in Eskişehir.

After his graduation 2010 from the class of Prof. Ersin Onay, he was selected as a scholar to the “Young Musicians on World Stages” (YMWS) Project initiated and mentored in 2010 by Güher and Süher Pekinel and sponsored by Tüpraş and began his studies at the “Koninklijk Conservatory” in Brussels. He graduated 2012 from the class of Prof. Alexander Madzar and improved his music education and piano studies through masterclasses with Oxana Jablonskaya in New York and with Jean-Claude Vanden Eynden in Belgium.  Tuncalı continues his studies with Me Jo Lee at the ‘’Hochschule Der Künste” Berlin.

Tuncalı played at the “Musica Mundi Summer Chamber Music Course and Festivals” 2010 and 2011 in Brussels and participated in the same year at the “Pablo Casals Chamber Music Festival”  performing in various chamber music concerts.

In March 2014 Tuncalı played with other Young Musicians on World Stages scholars at the Zurich Tonhalle Chamber Series, which was filmed live and published by Lila Plak as a DVD with interviews by DRS Radio.  As “Trio Arte” with Violonist Veriko Tchumburidze and Cellist Dorukhan Doruk from “Young Musicians on World Stages” he performed at the Boğaziçi Albert Long Hall, the Notre Dame de Sion Concert Hall and at the D-Marin Classical Music Festival. In April 2016 he played chamber music concerts with “Trio Arte” at the Süreyya Opera and Cemal Reşit Rey Concert Hall.

Within the YMWS project Yunus Tuncalı had further performances with “Borusan Istanbul Philarmonic Orchestra” playing Rachmaninow’s “2nd Piano Concerto”. In 2016 the YMWS Project arranged a tour with major orchestras in Turkey where also Pekinels have taken part in order to introduce these young musicians to the public. Tuncalı performed with major orchestras in Turkey like the Istanbul and Izmir State Symphony Orchestra and with the Ankara ”Presidential Symphony Orchestra” the “L.V. Beethoven Triple Concerto” with ‘Trio Arte”. Tuncalı also gave a recital concert at the Musikinstrumenten-Museum Berlin.

2016 Tuncalı received with “Trio Arte” the first prize for chamber music at the “Pietro Argento International Music Competition, 1-5 June” at Gioia del Colle in Italy. A live filmed recital program was performed at the competition at the 44. IKSV International Istanbul Music Festival with world famous violist Gérard Caussé. Here “Trio Arte” also performed the world premiere of renowned composer Özkan Manav’s work “Ludus Modalis” specially written for this event.