İstanbul Teknik Üniversitesi MIAM - Ocak 2013

January 3, Thursday, 20.00
İTÜ Maçka Kampüsü Mustafa Kemal Amfisi

“Whimsy” Voice Recital
Angela Ahıskal, soprano & Tayfun İlhan, piano

O. Respighi Deità Silvane
L. Bernstein I Hate Music
A. Schönberg Brettl-Lieder (Cabaret Songs)

A graduate of the performance program at the University of Buffalo, American soprano Angela Ahıskal continued her Masters studies at the Hartt School in Connecticut.  A recipient of  several awards in Buffalo, Ahıskal was also the advanced division winner of the 2003 NATS competition in Connecticut.  A director and founding member of the University of Buffalo a cappella ensemble The Royal Pirtches between 1997 and 2001, she recorded and produced three albums with the ensemble.  Ahıskal also directed, staged and sang in the project Da Opera: A Buffalo Debut. Ahıskal has sung roles with Connecticut Lyric Opera, Simsbury Light Opera Co, and Connecticut Opera in such productions as Bizet's Carmen, Gilbert and Sullivan's  The Sorcerer,and Handel\s Oratorio Joshua.  Her choral experience includes performances with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, and  as a soloist  with Cheektowaga Orchestra and Orchard Park Chorale.  Equally at home on the concert stage, performing in numerous ensembles and solo recitals, she partnered with Peruvian conductor-pianist Pablo-Sabat in a series of recitals of French, German, Italian and American art song repertoire.  Living in Turkey since 2005, Ahıskal headed the founding of the Voice Department at Akdeniz University Antalya State Conservatory.  While in Antalya she gave recitals such as Spring Fever and appeared as a soloist with Ahıskal Baroque Ensemble led by her husband Orhan Ahıskal in Baroktan Esintiler.  In 2011, Ahıskal moved to Ankara and is currently on the Opera Department Voice Faculty of the Ankara State Conservatory. 

January 11, Friday, 19:00
Ilhan Usmanbaş Hall

MIAM Chamber Music Ensemble

Smetana “Trio in G minor, Opus 15, 1. movement”
Pınar Tezişçi, violin
Taylan Aygar, cello
Seray Yücel, piano

Nazlı Sakioğlu  “Napıyorum ben?”
Zehra Ezgi Kara, flute
Jerfi Aji, piano

Ligeti “Síppal, Dobbal, Nádihegedüvel - 6. Keserédes”
Berna Anıl, mezzosoprano
Berna Efeoğlu, percussion
Koray Kaplan, percussion
Amy Salsgiver, percussion

Improvisation “Hallucination”
Berna Anıl, mezzosoprano
Dinçer Demirci, live electronics
Berna Efeoğlu, percussion

Stravinsky “3 Russian Songs”
Natalia Mann, harp
Berna Anıl, mezzosoprano
Güneş Demir, guitar
Ezgi Kara, flute

January 17, Thursday, 20.00
İlhan Usmanbaş Hall

Ezgi Kara, Flute
Born in 1980.  She studied at Marmara University  Music Education Department from 1998 to 2002.  In 2003 she moved to the Netherlands for further music studies.  She studied flute with Harrie Starreveld, traverso (baroque flue) with Martin Root, and orchestra with Marieke Schenemenn at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam where she earned her second B.A. degree in 2007.  She attended masterclasses of Peter Lucas Graf, Mathias Ziegler, Adrea Olivia and David Formisano.  She has performed many concerts with various groups such as the European Youth Symphony Orchestra, Netherlands Student Orchestra and Sweelinck Orchestra in Amsterdam.  With these orchestras and ensembles she has performed in Germany, Poland, Czech Republic, Netherlands, France as well as taking part in various music festivals in Amsterdam.  She obtained her Master Degree from Uludağ University in 2010.  Her Master thesis was on "The Comparison of Flute Education in the Undergraduate Studies in Turkey and in the USA".  She continues her Phd studies in flute performance at the Istanbul Technical University Center for Advanced Studies in Music, as a student of Jülide Gündüz.  She currently works at Uludağ Univesity Music Education Program as a Flute Instructor. 

January 18, Friday, 20:00
MIAM Recording Studio

Cihat Aşkın
Cihat Aşkın, as an international representor of the Turkish Violin School, is one of the leading artists in Turkey today. He has given numerous concerts and recitals in America, Asia, Europe and Africa.  Some names who played with Aşkın are Cobos, Dmitriev, Yoel Levi, Shlomo Mintz and Ida Handel.

Aşkın has been a jury and faculty member in many competitions and masterclasses in Turkey, Switzerland, Israel, Bulgaria, and Poland.  He has been the director of the Istanbul Chamber Orchestra and Philharmonia Istanbul.  He has also founded the Aşkın Ensemble.

Aşkın is one of the founders of the ITU Center of Advanced Studies in Music (MIAM). Apart from his position as a university professor, he is also continuing to teach young musicians and children with his CAKA project (Cihat Aşkın and his Little Friends).