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Idil Ulgen: Inspirational Marches and Dances

Saturday, November 24, 2012 |3:00 PM

Pianist Idil Ulgen will perform a piano recital of Western and Turkish marches and dances, including compositions by W.A. Mozart, Chopin, Rachmaninoff, and piano transcriptions of Turkish band music.


Born in Istanbul, Turkey, Idil Ulgen started her music education at the Istanbul University State Conservatory and later attended the Mozarteum Academy in Salzburg, Austria. Before moving to United States, she was on the staff of the Piano and Theory Departments of the Istanbul University State Conservatory. In USA, she studied piano with Joseph Gurt at Eastern Michigan University, and  won the first prize at the Graduate Music Award Competition and Concerto Competition at EMU.

She received Master’s degrees in Piano Performance from Eastern Michigan University and Piano Pedagogy and Performance from the University of Michigan. She studied piano with Prof. Louis Nagel and piano pedagogy with Joanne Smith at the University of Michigan. Until recently, she served as a member of the piano faculty at the Eastern Michigan University.


Mrs. Ulgen regularly plays in solo and chamber music recitals and orchestra concerts in USA, Austria, Canada and Turkey. She played the world premiere of “Fantasy Tango,” composed by Prof. Joseph Gurt and dedicated to Mrs. Ulgen, with the Ypsilanti Symphony Orchestra of Michigan and Istanbul Isik University Orchestra of Istanbul, Turkey. Her latest choreographed piano recital that included ballet, dances by whirling dervishes, and poetry reading was televised in Turkey and several European countries. 


This program is made possible through the generosity of the Turkish American Cultural Association of Michigan. Free with museum admission.