Utku Asuroglu | Photo: Aleksey Vylegzhanin
Born in Turkey in 1986, Utku Asuroglu began his musical studies at the age of nineteen at the Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University (MSFAU) State Conservatory in Istanbul, where he studied with Volkan Barut and Ahmet Altinel. He holds a master’s degree from the Kunstuniversität Graz, where he studied under Clemens Gadenstatter and Georg Friedrich Haas (composition techniques and repertoire) and graduated with the highest distinction, and a bachelor’s degree from the Rotterdam Conservatory, where he studied under Klaas de Vries, Luc Brewaeys and Rene Uijlenhoet. In addition to his degrees in composition, Asuroglu also took a degree in conducting at the Rotterdam Conservatory with Carlo Balemans.
Asuroglu has won numerous awards and fellowships. He was a Kurum fellow from 2008 until 2011. Throughout his master’s studies he was the recipient of the Kunstuniversität Graz Jahresstipendium; recently, in 2014, was awarded the Musikförderungspreis der Stadt Graz; and is one of the finalists of the Feeding Music – International Composition Contest (Expo Milano 2015). He was a laureate winner of both the Gaudeamus Prize 2015 and the Vrienden van het Lied Competition.
His works have been performed at various festivals, among them the Darmstädter Ferienkurse, Donaueschinger Musiktage Next Generation, Manifeste Ircam, Gaudeamus Muziekweek, Essen Europen Capital Culture and Red Ear Festival. His works have been performed in Germany, France, Belgium, Austria, Italy, Norway, Japan, Switzerland, the Netherlands, Turkey and the United States. Ensembles, orchestras and artists who have performed his works include the Ensemble Intercontemporain, Asko|Schönberg, Divertimento Ensemble, Faust Quartett, Insomnia Ensemble, Slagwerk Den Haag, Signum Quartett, Ensemble Interface, Neos Brass, Camerata Rotterdam Ensemble, Bursa State Symphony Orchestra, MSFAU Orchestra of Istanbul, Dimitri Ashkenazy and Ada Meinich.
Utku Asuroglu is currently pursuing an artist diploma in composition at the Freiburg Musik Hochschule with Brice Pauset.
"Quälend" for oboe (doubles as English horn), clarinet (doubles as bass clarinet), bassoon, piano, erhu, violin, viola, cello and double bass
Pieter Bruegel the Elder: "The Triumpf of Death" (1562) | © public domain
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