1 August Thursday, 20:30 Dibeklihan


Johann Sebastian Bach/F.Busoni: Chorale Prelude “Nun komm der Heiden Heiland” BWV 659

Frederic Chopin: Scherzo No.2 in B flat Minor, Op.31

Claude Debussy: Nocturne L.89

Franz Liszt: Piano Sonata in B Minor S.178


Eser Öktem

Eser Oktem was born in 1990, in Nicosia, the capital of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus. Shortly after he started playing the piano, he was accepted to the Ankara State Conservatoire of Hacettepe University, with a TRNC State Scholarship. He worked with Prof. Semra Kartal and Prof. Kâmuran Gündemir. He completed the secondary school period at the Music Preparatory School of Bilkent University, Faculty of Music and Performing Arts. After completing Kamuran Gündemir’s class, he took lessons from Emre Şen for a year. In 2006, he worked with Murray McLachlan at Chetham’s School of Music in Manchester; with Gülsin Onay in Cambridge in 2007; and with Kevin Kenner at the Royal College of Music in London in 2008. In 2014, he graduated with honors from the Faculty of Music and Performing Arts of Bilkent University where he enrolled in 2009, by working with Ersin Onay.  His first concert was with the orchestra of Hochschule für Musik Nürnberg, directed by the conductor Burkhard Rempe at the Bellapais Monastery in 2005. He continued his career with the concerts held in the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus, in Turkey, in the UK, Russia, France and in the Greek Cypriot State. He performed as a soloist with Bursa Regional State Symphony Orchestra, Southern Cyprus Youth Symphony Orchestra, Mersin State Opera and Ballet Orchestra, Ankara Youth Symphony Orchestra (AGSO), TRNC Presidential Symphony Orchestra, Zurich Academic Orchestra.