ABOUT

Thanks to Istanbulied formed by mezzosoprano Ekin Bezirganoğlu and pianist Senem Zeynep Ercan, the audiences finally have the chance to meet with the lied repertoire that reunites poetry and music with vocal and piano.

EKIN BEZIRGANOGLU

Ekin Bezirganoğlu was born in 1985 in Izmir, and began her musical life in 1999 in Izmir Umran Baradan Anatolian Fine Arts High School by playing the violin and piano. While in the high school, she had a strong aspiration for singing and she took her first singing lessons from Izmir State Opera and Ballet (IZDOB) artist Özlem Çabuk.
In 2005, she began her studies in Izmir Dokuz Eylul University State Conservatory Opera program in the Performing Arts Department. She kept studying with Nurgun Baburhan, a soloist of Izmir State Opera and Ballet (IZDOB).
In 2007, she made her debut in the operas of “Carmen” and “Lucia Di Lammermoor” in Summer Arts Festival in the USA.

In 2007, she made her debut in the operas of “Carmen” and “Lucia Di Lammermoor” in Summer Arts Festival in the USA.
In 2009, while she was still a student in the third grade, she began to work in IZDOB as a contracted artist. IZDOB 23rd  International Izmir Festival took place in the same year and she took the stage with “Imeneo” under the baton of conductor Paolo Villa.
Moreover, she took the stage in the play “Kadının Fendi Kadıyı Yendi” under the baton of conductor Gagliardo Varas and the musical “Defol-u Zevkler” under the directing of Asst. Prof. Alper Kazancıoğlu. She also performed “Carmen” as a soloist in company with Dokuz Eylül Symphony Orchestra.
In 2010, she was awarded the third place in the International Sedat Güzin Lied Competition. She also won the Jury’s Special Award with “Best Interpretation of Turkish Music”.
By the time she graduated from university, she had added many pieces in Italian, German, French, Russian, English, Spanish and Turkish to her repertoire. She participated in more than 30 concerts and attended many workshops.
After her graduation, she continued her singing lessons with Prof. Dr. Güzin Gürel from Istanbul University State Conservatory.
Along with her independent Works, she continues to work as a vocal coach. She has continuously given concerts under the Istanbulied Project which she has formed with pianist Senem Zeynep Ercan.

 

SENEM ZEYNEP ERCAN

She began her piano studies in Bursa with Fethiye Sanlıkol. She graduated from Istanbul Anatolian Fine Arts High School and Marmara University Department of Music. Moreover, she continued her piano studies with composer Ali Darmar between the years of 1992 and 2006.

In 2002, she finished her master studies in ITU MIAM (Center for Advanced Studies in Music) by studying “piano performance” under the supervising of pianist and State Artist Ayşegül Sarıca. Then she began her doctoral studies in the same institution and she got her PhD Degree in 2011.
She continued her doctoral program with a scholarship from Memphis University, USA for 2006-2008. Here she worked with pianist Sam Viviano. Moreover, she had the chance to work with pianists/pedagogues like Sheila Page, Catherine Vickers, and Pamela Mia Paul. She participated in many solo concerts, chamber concerts and studio recordings. She did her first recordings of contemporary Turkish and American composers. In 2012, she participated in the recording of chamber music pieces from contemporary German and Turkish composers in Istanbul and Essen.
She performed chamber music concerts in Borusan Music House, Karşıyaka Opera House, Izmir Ahmet Adnan Saygun Concert Hall, and within the scope of Istanbul Philarmony Concerts.
She worked as an instructor in ITU Turkish Music Conservatory and gave piano lessons. Along with her independent works, she is also a private piano instructor. 
Her interest in female vocal music in different genres as an audience led to the Istanbulied Project in 2014 with mezzosoprano Ekin Bezirganoğlu.