Turkish composer, born 4 December 1977 in Izmir.
Zeynep Gedizlioğlu’s musical awakening came through exploring her parents’ music collection when she was eight years old. Her experience listening to the Deep Purple album Perfect Strangers, in particular, fascinated her and inspired her to pursue a career in composing music that would be widely distributed.
She began her musical training at the age of 11 in the oboe department of the Istanbul University State Conservatory. She then enrolled in the composition department and was taught by Cengiz Tanç, İlhan Usmanbaş, Erçivan Saydam, Babür Tongur, Meliha Doğuduyal, and Hasan Uçarsu. She graduated in 2000.
In 2001, she left for Western Europe and continued her studies in Germany and France. She studied composition in Saarbrücken with Theo Brandmüller, in Karlsruhe with Wolfgang Rihm, and in Strasbourg with Ivan Fedele. She also studied music theory with Michael Reudenbach. In 2009 she completed the proficiency in art program with Rihm at the Hochschule für Musik in Karlsruhe. In 2010-2011, she went through IRCAM’s Cursus program for composition and computer music, in the class supervised by Yan Maresz.
Her compositional process is singular: she composes in public places such as cafés or libraries. Her method comes from the constraints imposed in the music theory classes she attended when she arrived in Europe: the students’ only tools were paper, a pencil, and their imagination. This approach now feeds her compositional practice, freeing her from the tools that composers normally relied upon, such as a piano or other instrument, a computer, or notation programs.
Gedizlioğlu’s sound language oscillates between vitality, tension, and roughness. She considers her music multicultural yet refuses to use cliché Middle Eastern sounds. But her awareness of her Turkish background is never far away: references to the sociopolitical context of her native country recur in her work. Her second string quartet, Susma (2007), for instance, is dedicated to the Turkish journalist Hrant Dink, who was assassinated by a nationalist. Durak (2013), an orchestral work commissioned by Deutsche Welle, refers to the violent repression of the Gezi demonstrations.
Gedizlioğlu’s compositions are performed at international festivals such as the Istanbul Music Festival, Musica Strasbourg, ISCM World New Music Days, MaerzMusik, Ultraschall Berlin, Beethovenfest Bonn, ECLAT Stuttgart, Wien Modern, Wittener Tage für Neue Kammermusik, Salzburg Festival, musikprotokoll Steirischer Herbst Graz, cresc… Biennale in Frankfurt, G((o))ng Tomorrow in Copenhagen, and the SoundState Festival in London. Her music has been performed by, among others, the Borusan Istanbul Philharmonic Orchestra, the Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Bilkent Symphony Orchestra, Ensemble Modern, ensemble recherche, Ensemble Accroche Note, Ensemble intercontemporain, Neue Vocalsolisten Stuttgart, Aleph Gitarrenquartett, Ensemble 2e2m, œnm, Klangforum Wien, and the Arditti Quartet.
In 2012, she received the Young Composer of the Year Award from the Ernst von Siemens Music Foundation, alongside British composer Luke Bedford and German composer Ulrich Kreppein. She is the first Turkish composer to receive this award. Gedizlioğlu also won the Composer of the Year Award at the 5th Donizetti Classical Music Awards in Istanbul (2014) and was nominated for the German Music Authors’ Prize in 2016 in the Music for Ensemble category. In 2018, she received the Heidelberg Female Artist Award for her entire compositional oeuvre. In 2019, she was recognized by the jury from the music category of the Berlin Academy of Arts.
She gives masterclasses in composition at Bilkent University in Ankara, the Hochschule für Musik in Karlsruhe, Musik21 Niedersachsen in Hannover, and Jeunesses Musicales Deutschland in Weikersheim.
Gedizlioğlu has lived and worked in Berlin since 2001.
© Ircam-Centre Pompidou, 2022
Site de la compositrice ; Deutsche Welle ; Fondation Ernst von Siemens pour la musique.
- Solo (excluding voice)
- Kusku for piano (1995)
- Untitled I for piano (1996)
- Untitled II for piano (1997)
- Pentagramme for piano (2003)
- Rufe for clarinet (2004)
- Die Wand entlang (Along the Wall) for piano (2008)
- elec Ircam cursus Breath for Mathilde for solo baritone saxophone (2011), 11 mn about
- elec ircam Ircam cursus Breath for Mathilde part 1 for baritone saxophone and electronics (2011), 3 mn 50 s
- Denge for piano (2011)
- Jetzt for violin (2016)
- piano ma non solo for piano (2017)
- t ≈ 1dk for violin (2020)
- Virgül for horn (2020)
- Without Words for trumpet (2020)
- Ninni Etüdü for solo piano (2021)
- Chamber music
- Sextet for wind sextet (1997)
- Studies for octet (1997)
- Studies for string quartet (1999)
- Four Pieces for oboe, clarinet and bassoon (2001)
- Vier Stücke for oboe, clarinet and bassoon (2001)
- String Quartet Nr. 1 for string quartet (2003)
- Dialogo a tre for recorder, violin and harpsichord (2005)
- Unequal Equations (Dengesiz Denklemler) for clarinet and cello (2006)
- Yol - Der Weg for clarinet, vibraphone, violin, cello and piano (2006)
- Akdenizli for violin, viola and piano (2007)
- Susma, String Quartet Nr. 2 for string quartet (2007)
- Mut for cello quartet (2009)
- Sokakta (Outdoors) performance for saxophone quartet (2010)
- Fiktion Okzident for oboe, violin, cello and percussion (2011)
- Hinblick for viola, cello and double bass (2011)
- In Schritten for clarinet, viola and piano (2015)
- Ort der Entzifferungen for guitar quartet (2015)
- Neues Werk for two pianos (2017)
- Wieder also anders for recorder, violin and cello (2017)
- Simdi for two pianos (2019)
- Instrumental ensemble music
- Studies for large orchestra (1998)
- Evokation for eleven wind instruments (2004)
- Kesik (Cut) for twelve musicians (2010) [program note]
- Roncalli for eleven instruments (2011)
- Brief auf Leinwand for ensemble of twelve instrumentalists (2012)
- Kayip Sessizligin Anisina Ragmen (Despite the Memory of Lost Silence) for orchestra (2012)
- Aksak for orchestra (2013)
- Durak for orchestra (2013)
- Drive for ensemble (2014)
- Jetzt - mit meiner linken Hand (Now - with my left hand) for ensemble (2014)
- Şimdi! (Now!) for ensemble (2014)
- Notes from the Silent One for string orchestra (2015)
- Nacht for large group (2019)
- Entlang der Lieder for orchestra (2020)
- Eksik - Entzug for trumpet, trombone, guitar, two percussions and cello (2021)
- In Zimmern for large ensemble (2021, 2021)
- Concertant music
- Vocal music and instrument(s)
- Akdenizli for baritone, cello and piano (1995)
- Wenn Du mich hörst, klopf zweimal (If you hear me, knock twice) for soprano and string quartet (2009)
- "Kein Baum" for soprano and piano (2018)
- Riss for spoken voice and ensemble of eight musicians (2020), 15 mn, Universal Edition
- NN 3:4 / Speak! for soprano, clarinet and string quartet (2021)
- A cappella vocal music
- Electronic music / fixed media / mechanical musical instruments
- Unspecified instrumentation
- stage Act Without Word II music for the play by Samuel Beckett (1994)
- stage Olly's Prison music for the play by Edward Bond (1994)
- stage Player music for the play by Sahika Tekand (2000)
- Verbinden und Abwenden - en trois actes for fourteen instruments and orchestra (2016)
- stage Undine - Die Abwesende pocket opera (2021)
- Drive for ensemble
- Jetzt - mit meiner linken Hand (Now - with my left hand) for ensemble
- Kelimeler (Words) - première version for vocal ensemble
- Şimdi! (Now!) for ensemble
- Brief auf Leinwand for ensemble of twelve instrumentalists
- Kayip Sessizligin Anisina Ragmen (Despite the Memory of Lost Silence) for orchestra
- elec Ircam cursus Breath for Mathilde for solo baritone saxophone, 11 mn about
- elec ircam Ircam cursus Breath for Mathilde part 1 for baritone saxophone and electronics, 3 mn 50 s
- Denge for piano
- Fiktion Okzident for oboe, violin, cello and percussion
- Hinblick for viola, cello and double bass
- Roncalli for eleven instruments
- Flur for mixed choir
- Mut for cello quartet
- Wenn Du mich hörst, klopf zweimal (If you hear me, knock twice) for soprano and string quartet
- Die Wand entlang (Along the Wall) for piano
- Dialogo a tre for recorder, violin and harpsichord
- stage Player music for the play by Sahika Tekand
- Studies for string quartet
- Studies for large orchestra
- Untitled I for piano
- Site de la compositrice : http://www.zeynepgedizlioglu.com/
- Site de la Fondation Ernst von Siemen pour la musique : https://www.evs-musikstiftung.ch/en/prize/prize/archive/composers-prize-winners/zeynep-gedizlioglu.html
- « Dans les chambres de la compositrice Zeynep Gedizlioğlu », entretien réalisé par Jérémie Szpirglas, publié le 21 janvier 2022, à lire sur le site de l’Ensemble Intercontemporain : https://www.ensembleintercontemporain.com/fr/2022/01/dans-les-chambres-de-la-compositrice-zeynep-gedizlioglu/
- Portrait de la compositrice (en anglais) à voir sur le site de Deutsche Welle : https://www.dw.com/en/beethovenfest-composer-meet-zeynep-gedizlioglu/a-59035506
- Portrait vidéo de la compositrice (en allemand) : http://fritzzfilm.de/vimeo-video/portraetfilm-zeynep-gedizlioglu/
(liens vérifiés en juillet 2022).
- Zeynep GEDIZLIOGLU, Verbinden und Abwenden, Yukiko Sugawara, piano, Tomoko Hemmi, Tamara Stefanovich : piano ; Quatuor Diotima ; Klangforum Wien ; Ensemble Modern ; Neue Vocalsolisten Stuttgart ; Leonhard Garms : direction, 1 Cd Wergo, 2020, WER 64282.
- Zeynep GEDIZLIOGLU, Akdenizli ; Susma, dans « Of Light and Shadows », Ensemble Hezarfen, avec des œuvres de Tolga Ayalar, Füsun Köksal, Onur Türkmen, Hasan Uçarsu, Ahmet Altınel, 1 Cd Çağsav Müzik, 2015.
- Zeynep GEDIZLIOGLU, Aksak, dans « Tanzmusik für Fortgeschrittene », RSO Wien ; Wien Modern, avec des œuvres de Johanna Doderer, Friedrich Cerha, Reinhard Fuchs, Arturo Fuentes, Gerald Resch, Franz Hautzinger, Wolfgang Suppan, Kurt Schwertsik, Bernhard Lang, HK Gruber, Hannes Löschel, Patrick Pulsinger, Gerhard E. Winkler, 1 Cd ORF, 2013, ORF-CD-3196.
- Zeynep GEDIZLIOGLU, « Kesik », Sarah Maria Sun ; Arditti Quartet ; Ensemble Modern ; Oswald Salaberger, direction, 1 Cd Col Legno, 2012, WWE 1 CD 40405.
- Zeynep GEDIZLIOGLU, Die Wand Entlang (Along the Wall), dans « Seda Röder, Listening to Istanbul », Seda Röder : piano, avec des œuvres de Tolga Tüzün, Turgut Erçetin, Murt Yakın, Tolga Yayalar, Özkan Manav, 1 Cd Seda Röder, 2010.
- Zeynep GEDIZLIOGLU, Akdenizli, dans « Bir Ağaç Gibi », Ulucan Trio, avec des œuvres de Franz Schubert, Franz Liszt, Fazıl Say, Inci Yakar, 1 Cd Lilamüzik Istanbul, 2007.