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Özgür Aydin

ozgur_a_web_portraitTurkish pianist Ozgur Aydin made his major orchestral debut in 1997 in a performance of Brahms’ Piano Concerto No.1 in D minor with the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra. In the same year, he won the renowned ARD International Music Competition in Munich and the Nippon Music Award in Tokyo – recognition that has since served as the basis for an active and diverse international performing career. He is also a laureate of the Cleveland International Piano Competition.

Mr. Aydin has appeared as soloist with numerous orchestras in Germany and Turkey, as well as with the BBC Concert Orchestra London, the Simon Bolivar Youth Orchestra of Venezuela, Slovak State Philharmonic and Canada’s Calgary Philharmonic. Frequently invited to summer music festivals, he has appeared at Salzburg, Schleswig-Holstein, Rheingau, Ravinia and Edinburgh.

Mr. Aydin regularly performs chamber music concerts and recitals, in such prestigious concert venues as Munich’s Herkulessaal and Gasteig, Hamburg’s Musikhalle, London’s Wigmore Hall, Tokyo’s Suntory Hall and Opera City Recital Hall, New York’s Carnegie Hall and 92nd Street Y, Boston’s Symphony Hall, Cleveland’s Severance Hall as well as Washingtons’s Kennedy Center. He is a founding member of the Aurata Quintet, and enjoys recurrent collaborations with violinist Midori, violist Naoko Shimizu, and members of the Berlin Philharmonic.

Mr. Aydin has made solo piano recordings of music by Chopin, Liszt, Mozart, Rachmaninoff, and Schumann for the European labels Videal and Yapi Kredi. Among other recordings released in Europe and Japan three CDs of viola/piano duets with Naoko Shimizu.

Born in Colorado to Turkish parents, Mr. Aydin began his music studies at the Ankara Conservatory in Turkey. He subsequently studied with Peter Katin at the Royal College of Music in London and with Karl-Heinz Kammerling at the Hanover Music Academy. He has also received valuable instruction from artists such as Tatiana Nikolaeva, Andras Schiff and Gyorgy Kurtag at master classes and festivals.

Ozgur Aydin lives in Berlin. His website is ozguraydin.com