Özgür Aydin

Artist photo of Özgür Aydin - Piano

Winner of the renowned ARD International Music Competition 1997 in Munich, the young Turkish pianist Ozgur Aydin is one of the most promising pianists of his generation. His individual, deeply musical interpretations have received enthusiastic critical and public acclaim.

The Suddeutsche Zeitung declared “He offered an outstanding performance, allowing himself no unneccesary indulgence and giving each note, every phrase deep meaning”. The Salzburger Nachrichten praised his Chopin interpretations in the Mozarteum Concert Hall as “Elegance and strength” at the Salzburg Festival. The Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung quoted “...impressed with his sophisticated, versatile spectrum of technical and emotional statement”.

Ozgur Aydin made his major orchestral debut in September, 1997 with the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra in a performance of the Brahms D minor concerto with Michael Schonwand conducting. This performance immediately opened doors for him throughout the world of music. He has since performed in many prestigious concert venues including Auditorium du Louvre (Paris), Herkulessaal and Gasteig (Munich), Musikhalle (Hamburg), Queen Elisabeth Hall (London), L’Auditori (Barcelona), Suntory Hall and Opera City Recital Hall (Tokyo), Recital Hall (Osaka), 92nd Street Y (New York), Severance Hall (Cleveland), Kennedy Center (Washington).

He has been invited to perform at important international Music Festivals including the Salzburg Festival, Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival, Rheingau Music Festival, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern Festival and International Istanbul Music Festival. He has performed with numerous German Symphony Orchestras, with almost all Turkish Symphony Orchestras and with the BBC Concert Orchestra London.

Mr. Aydin has won top prizes at The Maria Callas Grand Prix in Athens, the Esther Honens Calgary International Piano Competition in Canada and The Cleveland International Piano Competition in USA. He has been awarded The Nippon Music Award of Tokyo and The Wilhelm-Weichsler-Music-Prize of the Osnabruck City.

He has recorded CDs for Videal (Berlin) in 1998, for Yapi Kredi (Istanbul) in 1999 and for Genuin Music Production (Detmold) in 2001 and 2004.

Born in 1972 in Colorado / USA to turkish parents, Ozgur Aydin began his music studies at the Ankara Conservatory with Prof. Pekman. Afterwards he studied with Peter Katin at the Royal College of Music in London and with Karl-Heinz Kammerling at the Hanover Music Academy. Further enrichment came from such artists as Andras Schiff, Gyorgy Kurtag, Leon Fleisher, Tatiana Nikolaeva, Dmitri Bashkirov and Anatol Ugorski, whom he worked with at festivals and master courses.

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CDs released by GENUIN

with Özgür Aydin

CD album cover 'Werke für Bratsche und Klavier' (GEN 10193) with Naoko Shimizu, Özgür Aydin

Werke für Bratsche und Klavier

von Brahms, Schubert, Hindemith

Naoko Shimizu viola
Özgür Aydin Piano

GEN 10193  –  20.5.2011

CD album cover 'Werke für Viola und Klavier' (GEN 04042) with Naoko Shimizu, Özgür Aydin

Werke für Viola und Klavier

von Robert Schumann, Benjamin Britten
und Kenji Bunch

Naoko Shimizu viola
Özgür Aydin Piano

GEN 04042  –  1.11.2004