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OZAN EVRİM TUNCA

"Well done! It’s great work and so much pleasure you give to kids and adults through your book. Keep up a good work you do."
- Maxim Vengerov, Violin Soloist


 

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Dr. Ozan Tunca, received degrees from Hacettepe University State Conservatory, Louisiana State University and Florida State University. He is an Associate Professor of cello and chamber music in Anadolu University State Conservatory. During his study, Tunca’s cello professors were Doğan Cangal, Dennis Parker and Lubomir Georgiev. He was a teaching assistant at Florida State Universit. His string quartet “Alla Turca” won the Grand Prize in the NUMUS 2002 Chamber Music Competition in Canada. Tunca served in the Baton Rouge Symphony, Aurora Chamber Orchestra, Borusan Philharmonic and Louisiana Sinfonietta. As a soloist Tunca performed concertos by Beethoven Triple, Vivaldi, Haydn, Dvorak, St Saens, R. Strauss (Don Quixote), Elgar, and Schumann with Antalya, Bursa, Eskişehir and Bilkent Symphonic orchestras. He regularly performs with Hezarfen Ensemble, an ensemble based in İstanbul specializing in modern music. Hezarfen Ensemble is a very powerful group which was featured in MarzMuzik (Berlin), Klangzeit Festival Münster, Rome, Trieste Prima Festals. He is also teaching and performing every summer in a chamber music festival called Klasik Keyifler in Kapadokya Region in Turkey. As the cellist of Ulucan Trio Tunca performed most of the crucial repertoire for this genre in many venues in Turkey and abroad most of the recitals he gives speeches about the pieces and the concept of the concert questioning the traditional attire and attitude of a concert hall. Brings new approach to concert hall routines from clapping to clothing and repertoire. His book “How to Listen to Classical Music in 60 Minutes” in Turkish language and “Classical Music in 90 Minutes” in English language brought him many new followers. The book and following public lectures reached many people and convinced them to begin listening to classical music. After extensive academic work he developed an musical aptitude test including both tonal and maqam music intervals, also an İOS Application in English and Chinese with Creaworks İnteractive to test aural skills of individuals. He established an El Sistema inspired children’s Symphonic Orchestra in his city which now about 500 children is part of. He continues to teach cello, make people aware of their musical talent, and recruit more audiences for classical music in Turkey as well as performing extensively. He holds two patents about educational music instruments and a method of testing music aptitude.

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