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Kamran Ince

Memphis (US) / Istanbul (Turkey)   

The energy and rawness of Turkish and Balkan music, the spirituality of Byzantium and Ottoman music, the tradition of European art music and the extravert and popular qualities of the American psyche are the basis of Kamran Ince’s sound world. These ingredients happily breathe in cohesion as they spin the linear and vertical contrasts so essential to his works. Ince holds a Doctorate from Eastman School of Music, and currently serves as Professor of Composition at University of Memphis and at MIAM, Istanbul Technical University. His prizes include the Rome Prize, a Guggenheim Fellowship, the Lili Boulanger Prize, and the Arts and Letters Award in Music from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Concerts devoted to his music have recently been heard at the Holland Festival, CBC Encounter Series (Toronto), the Istanbul International Music Festival and Estoril Festival (Lisbon). Present Music and Milwaukee Opera Theatre premiered his opera, Judgment of Midas, in April, 2013. Five recent Naxos CD’s are devoted to his music. Among upcoming projects are it’s a nasreddin for Berlin Counterpoint for Istanbul Music Festival, 500 seconds, a mini opera for Opera Memphis, and the recomposing of six of Mendelssohn’s Songs without words for ensemble Spark for the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival.