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.


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.


Elena Çekiç

Elena Çekiç started Music and English education for talented children at the age of 5, continued at the Biysk Music College. During the studies participated in a number of international festivals and piano duets more than 10 times under supervision of the teachers of the Moscow Conservatory, Prof. A. Bahchiev Prof. E. Sorokina and Prof.M. Zheleznov, Paris Conservatoire, Sandra and Jeroen Van Veen, Dominigue Morel and Dauglas Nemish (Canada, Montreal), together with Anna Louise and Edward Türjon (USA, Springfield) as solo artists was awarded first prize in the "Altay's young talents" contest. After winning the competition, the child was invited by the President of the Khachaturyan Culture Foundation to study at the Barnaul College of Music, she graduated from with the Honors Degree and entered the Novosibisk State Conservatory. She graduated from the conservatory with the Honor Degree. While studying at the Conservatory, she attended many national and international competitions as a chamber musician, accompanist and soloist in Czech Republic, Bulgaria, Russia. She has participated in Chopin Master Class, music events in Bulgaria ran by Prof.Anatasa Kurteva, Prof T.Poddubnaya (Netherlands-USA), Russia Prof. P.Yegorov (St.Petersburg) Conservatory Honorary Artist Prof. A. Bonduryansky (Moscow Conservatory). Since 2007, she has worked successfully in the Administration of the Chamber Ensemble NGK (Novosibirsk State Conservatory) and in 2008 was awarded the first prize in the Novosibirsk Pedagogical Talent Contest. In 2009 she joined the delegation for cultural exchange between Russia and China. She performed a series of concerts both as a soloist and an accompanist. Since 2012 she has been living in Turkey working with the students of different ages and levels from several provinces and overseas providing academic consultancy and training. She has been hosting classes at Elena Çekiç Music Academy since 2018.


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.