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Orchestra Sion Concert

Hosted by a member of the Istanbul French Language & Culture Group
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Took place 2 months ago
Thu 20 Sep 19:00 - 21:00

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Join us to celebrate the 10th anniversary of Orchestra Sion established by Orçun Orçunsel, with soprano Deniz Protected content
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Composer, conductor and pianist, born in Istanbul. When he was four years old, he started studying the piano at the Istanbul University State Conservatory. He then studied with Zeynep Yamantürk at the Piano Department of Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University State Conservatory, and graduated in Protected content . Orçun also studied with famous composers and pianists such as Ali Darmar and Prof. Ayşegül Sarıca as well as Stephen Kovacevich, Thomas Yee, and Hanry Faures.

Orçun has participated in various international competitions. In Protected content , he attended Salzburg Summer Academy with a scholarship from Austrian High School Foundation and worked with Karl-Heinz Kammerling. Orçun began composing at the age of eight. He composes for many international concerts and short films. He studied conducting with Prof. Gürer Aykal at the Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University State Conservatory. In Protected content , Orçun conducted Izmir Dokuz Eylül Symphony Orchestra and Cemal Reşit Rey Symphony Orchestra. As an assistant conductor, he conducted Yalçın Tura′s opera "Leyla and Mecnun" at the Muhsin Ertuğrul Theatre. Orçunsel worked as an assistant conductor of Cem Mansur and conducted National Youth Symphony Orchestra in Protected content . He conducted Antalya State Symphony Orchestra from Protected content Protected content Istanbul State Symphony Orchestra in Protected content . Since Protected content , Orçunsel has served as a permanent conductor and general art director of Orchestra′Sion, which he founded.

Born in İzmir in Protected content , Deniz’s music career started in early ages at İzmir State Opera and Ballet children chorus. Her music passion increased even more in time and she is admitted to Flute division of Fine Arts High School, and then attended to University of Anadolu, State Conservatory, Opera department and graduated ranking first in her school.

Deniz continued her professional studies with Honorable Prof. Dr. Güzin Gürel, and has been awarded with many Opera-Vocal competition grand and other prizes. The most substantial prizes she has been awarded with are the 2nd place Prize and the reputable Media Critics award at 13th Ottavio Ziino Singing Competition, 1st place Prize at Maria Karaja Singing Competition held in Tiran city of Albania, which have been important assets for her career. She has also been awarded with Grand prix, and place prizes and many special prizes at competitions such as Francisco Vinas in year Protected content , Belvedere Singing Competition in Protected content , Siemens Opera Competition in Protected content Byülbyül Azerbaijan voice competition Grand Prix year Protected content . She has 2nd place and first place prizes from national voice competitions in Turkey. Awarded with Semiha Berksoy Foundation and Belkıs Aran honors prizes, Deniz is currently continuing her career at Istanbul State Opera and Ballet as solo artist while she is also moving her career to the top by performing at concerts and engagements in Azerbaijan, Germany, the United States and Italy.

She performed at many concerts by several associations such as Istanbul State Symphony Orchestra, Istanbul State Opera and Ballet, Sedat Gürel Güzin Gürel Art and Science Foundation and Zehra Yıldız Art Foundation Memorial concerts. The most important performances were the Elisabetta role in Verdi’s “Don Carlo” Opera at Verdi & Wagner 200th Year Concert, Isolde role at Tristan and Isolde Opera by R. Wagner – Wagner Wesendonk Lieder and Mahler 4th Symphony, Verdi’s timeless masterpiece “Requem”. She had an opportunity to work with maestros such as Antonio Pirolli, Lukasz Borowicz, Cem Mansur, Gianluca Bianci, Naci Özgüç, Raoul Grüneis.

Her very first performances were Guilietta role in “Les Contes D’Hoffman” by Offenbach at Istanbul State Opera and Ballet, and Giovanna role in “Giovanna D’arco” Opera by Verdi. Her first international debut was Desdemona role in Othello Opera by Verdi at Gut İmmling Opera festival, one of the most reputable Festivals in Germany. She performed Amelia role in Un Ballo Maschera-Mask Ball conducted by Antonio Pirolli at Protected content program of Istanbul State Symphony Orchestra. She also had a solo performance at Kazan State Opera and Ballet Chaliapin Festival organized in Kazan province of Russia.

Deniz continues her studies as a solo artist at Istanbul State Opera and Ballet with Prof. Güzin Gürel.