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.


Sabri Tuluğ Tırpan

Sabri Tuluğ Tırpan is a conductor, vocal coach, pianist, composer, teacher and producer with over twenty years of international experience in musical theatre, film scoring, chamber music, classical and jazz. Tuluğ Tırpan was trained by Martin Berkofsky and Namık Sultanov at the Bilkent University piano department and has also studied with Gerhard Geretschlaeger in Vienna, Nina Svetlanova in Manhattan School of Music and chamber music with Avedis Kouyoumdjian at the University of Music in Vienna.
Tuluğ received his B.A. from Music and Arts University of the City of Vienna where he won Yehudi Menuhin Live Music Prize with Tomo Keller (Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, violin and leader). After studying piano, chamber music and composition he received an invitation to teach vocal ensemble, song interpretation ,vocal coaching and Choir conducting from renowned Performing Arts Studios Vienna, a successful private training academy for musical theater singers, actors and dancers in the German-speaking realm.
He served there as a musical director and assistant musical director for productions including Finix-Michael Schnack-, Manhattan Murder Mystery-George Gershwin-, Time Out, Figaro-Daniel Grosse Boymann- Elephant Man, The Journey of Odyssey, Johann Strauss and Mozart Concerts, A Good Man-Ray Leslee, Philip Goodman-, as well as numerous revues and industry shows.
Winner of the best film score entitled, “A Step Into the Darkness” (Atıl İnaç, 2010) in 21’st Ankara Film Festival Tuluğ Tırpan has composed and seen produced two full-length musicals (Hearts and Figaro), arranged and orchestrated programs for well-known Turkish celebrity, eurovision song contest winner Sertab Erener, and composed music for stage plays by Aziz Nesin-Ne dersin Azizim-, Shakespeare-King Lear-, Adalet Ağaoğlu- Kozalar-, Ahmet Sami-Hayal-i Temsil-
In 2007, due to the Unesco Mevlana year he composed critically acclaimed "Mevlana the Alchemist" Symphonic Poem. It was performed with Vienna Classical Players and Voralberg Symphony Orchestra with great success.
In 2008 his Eco Spiritual Symphony, “Gaia- A new hope for life” (Inspired by James Lovelock) was performed in Istanbul by Wiener Jeunesse Orchestra.
In November 2010 his large orchestral work for three female voices, narrator, piano, choir and orchestra “ Oratorio for Turkish Heroines” premiered in Izmir with great success and embraced 30.000 people in two days.
Among the performers of the composer are such groups and orchestras: Vienna Classical Players, Amsterdam Metropole Orchestra, İzmir, Istanbul and Bursa State Symphony, Aşkın Ensemble, Prag Philharmonic, Wiener Jeunesse Orchestra, Voralberg Symphony, Makam String Ensemble, Izmir State Opera and Ballet and Eskişehir Symphony Orchestra.
Among the festivals where he and his music were performed: Mare Nostrum Vienna, Antalya Fazıl Say Piano Festival, Feldkirch Festival, Klagenfurt Festival, Jeunesse Bach 2000 (Vienna), Turkey Now 2008 (Amsterdam and Rotterdam), Miles Davis Festival (Poland), Pecs Festival (Hungary), Silver Bay (USA), Akbank Jazz Festival, Jazz à Saint-Germain- des-Prés, Meeting Masters IKSV Jazz and conductors as Ibrahim Yazıcı, Naci Özgüç, İnci Özdil, Martin Kerschbaum, Patrick Souillot, Kyrill Petrenko, Nayden Todorov and Herbert Böck.
In March 2012 Tuluğ Tırpan performed all the Beethoven piano and violin sonatas in three days with reknown Turkish violonist Cihat Aşkın. In 2012, Tırpan teamed with world-renowned percussionist Trilok Gurtu for a project called "Spell bound" featuring Paulo Fresu, Nils Peter Molvaer, Ambrose Akinmusire and Ibrahim Maalouf.
Tuluğ serves as a regular juror for the İzmir Karşıyaka Municipality High School Band Contest and he is a board member of Education Volunteers Foundation of Turkey(TEGV)
Tuluğ Tırpan is a member of AKM, said society and Taxim Universal protect rights on his works.


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.