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Composition Commission issued to Zeynep Gedizlioğlu

Istanbul Music Festival, Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts, Turkey

Held for the 47th time in 2019, the Istanbul Music Festival aims to enrich the repertoire for contemporary music with regular composition commissions. Since 2011 it has been awarding commissions to both internationally established and up-and-coming young composers. Since then the festival has been a platform for world premieres by Arvo Pärt, Giya Kancheli, Peteris Vasks, Alexander Raskatov, Fazıl Say, Tigran Mansurian, Philip Glass and Dobrinka Tabakovas.

For 2019 Zeynep Gedizlioğlu has been invited to compose a work for two pianos. Born in Izmir in 1977, Gedizlioğlu studied composition under Cengiz Tanc in Istanbul, Theo Brandmüller in Saarbrücken, Ivan Fedele in Strasbourg and Wolfgang Rihm in Karlsruhe as well as music theory under Michael Reudenbach. She took part in the Darmstadt International Summer Courses for New Music and the courses at Centre Acanthes with her own compositions. She has already been awarded numerous prizes and scholarships, including the Ernst von Siemens Music Foundation's Composers' Prize in 2012. Her works are performed at international festivals and by renowned orchestras, ensembles and soloists. From 2010 to 2011 Zeynep Gedizlioğlu worked at the Paris Institute for Research and Coordination in Acoustics/Music (IRCAM) where her work for the electro-acoustic field was premiered. The composer lives in Berlin. Focalizing the exciting relationship between the two instruments when playing together, the commissioned work will be premiered by the female piano duo Ufuk & Bahar Dördüncü. These two pianists have also made a name for themselves in the contemporary field through their collaborations with Heinz Holliger, Steven Schick, Maurice Bourgue, Ivan Fedele, Stefano Gervasoni, Peter Ustinov, Michael Jarrell, Bernhard Lang, Nik Baertch, Erik Truffaz and others.

June 14, 2019
Sureyya Opera House, Istanbul, Turkey

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