Jury



Gülden Gökşen

Born in Istanbul, Turkey in 1974. At the age of five, she began studying the piano at the Istanbul Municipality Conservatory with Nejla TİNER. Later on she continued at the Istanbul Mimar Sinan University State Conservatory with Prof. Hülya TARCAN. In 1993 she graduated from the conservatory with first prize. After her graduation she was granted The Turkish Education Fund (TEV) scholarship to study in Germany with Prof. Helmut WEINREBE and Prof. Pavel GILILOV at the “Cologne Musikhochschule”. Upon her return to Turkey she has completed her Master’s and Doctorate degrees in Mimar Sinan University State Conservatory, Istanbul. In 2011 she has become an associate professor.
She has so far given many recitals and concerts in Austria, Bulgaria, Germany, Singapore, Macedonia, Russia, Greece, France, Mexico, New York and Turkey. In 1991, she won the second prize of the Mozart Piano Competition in Austria. She also took part in the master-class of Irina MUSATOVA in Krems, Austria. In 1993, she won the special award of the “Sedat Gürel – Güzin Gürel Art and Science Fund” and in 1994 she won the first prize and jury special prize of “Bülent TARCAN Piano Competition”. In the same year, she also won the second prize in “the Prokofiev Piano Competition” in Germany. She participated in the “International Competition for Young Pianists ‘Dimitar Nenov’ Razgrad” in Bulgaria and won the first prize. Recently she has performed as soloist in the “I. International Istanbul Spring Festival”, “First Balkan Forum of Young Pianists” in Bulgaria and “International Young Pianists Forum” in Bulgaria. Also she took “the best music award” from Marmara University 8th Short Movie Competition in Istanbul.
At the same time, she composed some fusion musics and released them in 2006 with the name “Guldenjazz”.
She has performed as a soloist with various orchestras in Turkey and abroad, among the Istanbul State Symphony Orchestra, Bursa State Symphony Orchestra, Razgrad Philharmonic Orchestra, Macedonia State Philarmonic Orchestra, Vratza State Philharmonic Orchestra, Burgas Philarmonic Orchestra and Cukurova State Symphony Orchestra.
Up to now, she has played under the baton of İnci Özdil, Ivan Bakalov, Burkhon Buriev, Georgi Cemsirov, Ivan Kojucharov, Pero Petrovski, Slavil Dimitrov, Dimitar Panov and İbrahim Yazıcı.
Gülden Gökşen is currently busy as a piano teacher, performer and continues her academic career as a professor at the State Conservatory of the Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University, Istanbul.


Ahmet Levent Atlıer

Born in İstanbul, Turkey, in 1971 Levent Atlıer, began taking piano lessons from the piano teacher Associate Prof. Sibel Kurtbey, at the Istanbul State Conservatory. Alongside his piano lessons he took harmony lessons from Önder Bali. He was accepted to Marmara University Music Department in 1990. His art major being piano, Levent Atlıer contiuned his piano studies at the university with Prof. Dilek Yonat Batıbay. Simultaneously he also took piano lessons from Ali Darman.
Levent Atlıer started teaching music at Hisar School in 2002, and has been the Department Head of the music department since 2003. Playing flute and jazz harmony with Nail Yavuzoğlu, Levent Atlıer has introduced the concept of specializing in different music branches at Hisar School and he has formed the school orchestra. His work has played an important role in the national and international success the school has received in the area of music.
Levent Atlıer, a professional musician has performed with artists and groups such as Fikret Kızılok, Bora Öztoprak, AF group. He is also the founder of the group CornFlakes.


Lilian Tonella Tüzün

Born in 1976 in Sao Paulo (Brazil), Lilian Tonella starts her studies in piano at the age of 7. In 1984, she enters Piracicaba Music School and during her studying years, among others, she wins prizes in the following national competitions: VII Paulo Giovanni Competition, XI Competition of the Brazilian Musical Youth, I Poços de Caldas Competition, Arão Sahm Competition, V Governador Valadares Competition.
At the age of 14 she has her solo debut with the orchestra. She follows master classes with such teachers as Miguel Proença, Fany Solter, Marco Antonio de Almeida (Brazil), Rudolf Kehrer (Russia), Ludmila Lazar (Yugoslavia), Carlo Bruno (Italy), Klauss Frank (Germany), Angela Tosheva (Bulgary), Yuri Slesariev (Russia).
In 1996 she won a scholarship from the Intermedice Company for two-month tuition to study at the State Academy of Music, Sofia (Bulgary) in the class of the Prof. Viktor Chouchkov. In 1994 she enters the University of Sao Paulo, Faculty of Communication and Art, where in 1997 she graduates with honors in piano under Prof. Gilberto Tinetti.
In 1998 the Brazilian Ministry of Public Education awards her a scholarship to go on with her Post-Graduate studies at the Tchaikovsky State Conservatory in Moscow, where in 1999 and 2001 she obtains her Masters and Doctoral degrees with Prof. Natalia Trull and Aleksandr Semetsky. During the same years she gives solo recitals in Russia and in Brazil. She participates with a solo recital in the festival “Stars of the XXI Century” in Samara, where she performs as well as soloist with the Samara State Orchestra, under the direction of M. Michael Sherbakov.
In 2001, besides her piano career, she starts working on her Doctoral papers in Musicology on “Willy Correa de Oliveira’s piano production”, under adviser Vladimir Petrovich Chinaev. Ms. Tonella began her recording activities in 2003. For Callisto label, releasing `Virtuoso`, a CD of 19 th century virtuoso fantasies for piano and flute. Followed in 2004 by `Willy Correa de Oliveira piano musics`, for the Brazilian Ministry of Culture.
In 2017 Anadolu University awarded her with the Arts Prize. In 2018, the Council af the Order of Rio Branco of the Ministry ofr Foreign Affairs of Brazil has confered her the Ordem do Rio Branco at level of Official in recognition of the excellence of services rendered to Brazil.
Currently she works as Associate Professor in the piano department of Anadolu University in Turkey.


Zeynep Yamantürk

Born in İstanbul, Zeynep Yamantürk started playing piano with Rana Erksan when she was three and a half years old. She gave her first concert at the age of four and a half. When she was six years old she started to take lessons from Ferdi Statzer at the İstanbul Municipal Conservatoire. At the age of seven, upon Faruk Güvenç’s request, she made radio and television programmes. Later on she went on with her studies with Prof. Meral Vardar. In 1980 she entered Mimar Sinan University State Conservatoire taking lessons from Prof. Metin Öğüt and from Prof. Judith Uluğ and graduated in 1985 with a high degree. Same year she started to work with Prof. Leonid Brumberg in Vienna. She won the Second Prize in International Doblinger Piano Competition in 1985; the Great Jury Prize in 1986, Brussels Concour International de Piano, Bösendorfer-Empire and again the same year Second Prize in Vienna International Pegasus Piano Competition. She received her MA Degree from the M.S.Ü. State Conservatoire in 1987. The same year she was invited to the European Young Pianists Festival and gave recitals in Canada, US of America, Mexico and Jamaica. She gave concerts in Los Angeles, Turkey, Austria, Germany, Switzerland and France. Under the guidance of Prof. Judith Uluğ she received her Ph. D. Degree in 1994. Currently she is teaching piano at M.S. University State Conservatoire.


Orçun Orçunsel

Orçunsel was born in Istanbul, started his piano education at Istanbul University State Conservatory, at only four years old and graduated at M.S.F.A.U Conservatory in 2004. Alongside his studies with Ayşegül Sarıca and composer Ali Darmar; attended to master classes of world known pianists such as Stephen Kovacevich, Thomas Yee, Hanry Faures and attracted great attention of the artists. Awarded at several international competitions, got into Salzburg Summer Academy and studied with K.H.Kammerling and V.Efstathiadou. For much of his career as a pianist and conductor, he has specialized on transcriptions.
He studied conducting with Gürer Aykal, after that in 2007, he conducted DEU Symphony Orchestra and he was the assistant and conductor in the production of "Leyla & Mecnun" opera with CRR Sypmhony Orchestra. In 2008-2009, he worked with Turkish National Youth Symphony Orchestra as assistant conductor. He had many international concerts as a guest conductor with Antalya, Istanbul and Çukurova State Symphony Orchestra, Mersin Academic Chamber Orchestra and Budapest Radio Symphony Orchestra.
Orçunsel is the founder, conductor and music director of Orchestra'Sion since 2008 until today; had the chance to invite and share the stage with famous artists such as Paul Badura-Skoda, Andrei Gavrilov, Dimitri Ashkenazy, Alexander Rudin, Ayşegül Sarıca, Gülsin Onay, Cihat Aşkın, Toros Can. This orchestra premiered many great works like the chamber editions of Mahler Symphonies and Holst's Planets Suite and many more transcriptions of Orçunsel.
He is awarded as the "Best Conductor of the Year" at Donizetti Classical Music Awards Ceramony, organized by Andante classical music magazine in 2017.