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Kamran Ince

Kamran Ince

Herkunftsland: Türkei
Geburtstag: 6. Mai 1960

Über Kamran Ince

...astonishing... Ince is that rare composer able to sound connected with modern music and yet still seem exotic. - The Los Angeles Times

The music of Turkish/American composer Kamran Ince bridges Anatolia and the Balkans to the West. The energy and rawness of Turkish and Balkan folk music, the spirituality of Byzantium and Ottoman court music, the tradition of European art music and the extrovert and popular qualities of the American psyche are the base of his sound world. These ingredients happily breathe in cohesion, and they spin the linear and vertical contrasts so essential to his music forward.

Hailed by The Los Angeles Times as “that rare composer able to sound connected with modern music, and yet still seem exotic,” Ince was born in Montana in 1960 to American and Turkish parents. He holds a Doctorate from Eastman School of Music, and currently serves as Professor of Composition at University of Memphis and at MIAM Center for Advanced Research in Music at the Istanbul Technical University. His numerous prizes include the Rome Prize, the Guggenheim Fellowship, the Lili Boulanger Prize and the Arts and Letters Award in Music from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. His Waves of Talya was named one of the best chamber works of the 20th century by a living composer in the Chamber Music Magazine.

His works are performed by such orchestras as the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, BBC Symphony Orchestra and the Prague Symphony Orchestra, and such ensembles as the Nederlands Blazers Ensemble, Chanticleer Choir and the Los Angeles Piano Quartet. Concerts devoted to his music have been heard at the Holland Festival, CBC Encounter Series (Toronto), the Istanbul International Music Festival, Estoril Festival (Lisbon), TurkFest (London), and Cultural Influences in Globalization Festival (Ho Chi Minh City). In addition to symphonic and chamber works, his catalogue also includes music for film and ballet. His music is published exclusively by Schott Music Corporation.

Commissions he has received include those from Ford Foundation, Fromm Foundation, Koussevitzky Foundation, Jerome Foundation, Reader’s Digest and Pew Charitable Trust. Recent important projects include A Grand American Celebration (2019) for wind ensemble and soloists, for the opening of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Peck School of the Arts Jan Serr Studio; Concerto for Percussion and Orchestra “Cikirikcilar Hill” (2018) for Evelyn Glennie and Borusan Istanbul Philharmonic Orchestra; Meditation and Gratitude (2018) for Kevin Stalheim’s last season at Present Music; Songs in Other Words (2014) (six kernels from Mendelssohn’s Songs Without Words recomposed) for Spark and Schleswig-Holstein Festival (released on Berlin Classics); Fortuna Sepio Nos (2013), a piano trio for Arkas Trio; it’s a nasreddin (2013) for Berlin Counterpoint and Istanbul International Music Festival; Zamboturfidir (2012) for Irish Arts Council for Yurodny (Dublin) and Hezarfen (Istanbul); Still, Flow, Surge (2011) for choir and orchestra for Present Music’s 30th anniversary; Concerto for Orchestra, Turkish Instruments and Voices (2009) for the Turkish Ministry of Culture; Dreamlines (2008) to celebrate the 100th Anniversary of Turkish Chamber of Architects; Music for a Lost Earth (ambient music project) (2007); Gloria (Everywhere) (2007) for the Chanticleer Mass project (released on Warner Classics And on Earth, Piece); Turquoise (2006), a mix of his works arranged for the Nederlands Blazers Ensemble (released on NBELive), and 5th Symphony Galatasaray (2005) in honor of the infamous soccer club’s (winner of the European and the World Super Cup in 2000) centennial celebrations.

Five Naxos CDs of Ince’s music have been released. They are Music for a Lost Earth, Galatasaray, Hammers & Whistlers, Constantinople and Kamran Ince. His other CDs include In White and Passion and Dreams on Innova, Fall of Constantinople on Argo/Decca, Kamran Ince & Friends and Asumani on Albany.

Ince’s Judgment of Midas , an opera commissioned by Crawford Greenewalt to mark the 50th anniversary of Sardis/Lydia excavations, had its premiere in April 2013 in Milwaukee with Present Music and Milwaukee Opera Theatre with Ince conducting (released by Albany Records). In 2001 he wrote Flight Box , to commemorate the opening of the new building for the Milwaukee Art Museum designed by one of the greatest architects of or time, Santiago Calatrava.

– Kamran Ince



Born in Glendive, Montana
Entered Ankara State Conservatory at age 10, where he began studying cello, piano as well as composition with IIhan Baran.
Entered Izmir University where he studied composition with Muammer Sun.
Earned Bachelor of Music from Oberlin College.
Earned Masters degree in Music from Eastman School of Music.

"Concerto for Piano and Orchestra" premieres with Ince as pianist with the Reading Symphony Orchestra, Pennsylvania, conducted by Sidney Rothstein.
Earned Doctorate degree in Music from Eastman School of Music.

Won the Prix de Rome and Guggenheim Fellowship.
Won the Lili Boulanger Memorial Prize.
Composed "Symphony No. I: Castles in the Air"
Appointed Visiting Professor of Music at University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Michigan.
Appointed full time faculty of the University of Memphis, teaching composition and co-directing the University of Memphis Imagine New Music Festival.
"Symphony No. II: Fall of Constantinople" premieres with Albany Symphony Orchestra, conducted by David Alan Miller.
"Symphony No. III: Siege of Vienna" premieres with Albany Symphony Orchestra, conducted by David Alan Miller.
Founded the Center for Advanced Research in Music at Istanbul University.
"Symphony No. IV: Sardis" debuts with the Prague Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Kamran Ince.
Composed "Concerto for Orchestra, Turkish Instruments and Voices".
"Symphony No. V: Galatasary" premieres with Bilkent Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Kamran Ince.
"Gloria (Everywhere)," for male a cappella chorus, premieres with Chanticleer and is recorded on "Peace: A Chanticleer Mass".
Naxos releases four albums of Kamran Ince's music: "Music for A Lost Earth", "Symphony No. V: Galatasary", "Hammers & Whistlers", and "Symphony No. II: Fall of Constantipole".
Present Music premieres "Still, Flow, Surge" in Milwaukee.
The Crossing Choir premieres "Thyestes" in Philadelphia, based on text by Seneca.

"The Invasion", part of the larger "Gallipoli Symphony", premieres at Gallipoli at the Canberra International Music Festival to mark the centennial in 2015 of the first World War battle of Gallipoli.
Present Music presents the world premiere of Ince's first opera "Judgment of Midas", directed by Jill Anna Ponasik and conducted by Ince.
"Abandoned", a monodrama for alto voice and chamber ensemble, commissioned by Opera Memphis, premieres at Midtown Opera Festival 2014.
Albany Records releases premiere commercial recording of "Judgment of Midas", performed by Present Music in collaboration with Milwaukee Opera Theatre.
Cellist Rahsan Apay, with the Hacettepe University Symphony Orchestra, gave the world premiere of Ince’s "The Crying Wall", for solo cello and string orchestra, in Ankara, Turkey.