CIHAT ASKIN - VIOLIN http://www.cihataskin.net/
1. CDE 84321 OCTACHORD VIRTUOSO DUOS Kodály
Hanegger, Handel-Halvarsen, Aguiar, Gličre(CDE 84321) Ł11.75 / €17.16
Born in Istanbul, CIHAT ASKIN started his violin
lessons at the age of 11 with Prof. Ayhan Turan, at the Turkish Music State
Conservatory of Istanbul Technical University, graduating in 1989. He completed
his studies in London,studying under Rodney Friend at the Royal College of Music
(where he took all the major solo and chamber music awards), and Yfrah Neaman at
City University (1992-96, doctorate programme).Upon his arrival,he was appointed
as a violin professor in 1998 and founded the Advanced Music Research Center
(MIAM) and became its first director in 2000 and appointed as an academic
Professor in 2006 at ITU.
He gave his first recital at the age of 12 and
was able to play all Paganini Caprices before he was 15. After his recital in
1983 he was invited by the Istanbul State Symphony Orchestra to play
Tchaikovsky's Violin Concerto. Since then Cihat Askin became a prominent figure
in the music life and he has been a regular soloist for all the major orchestras
of Turkey. He has been invited to give recitals all through Turkey,and made
tours as concertist and recitalist to Europe,Asia,Africa and the USA. Askin has
appeared with violinist Shlomo Mintz, conductors such as J.L.Cobos, Yoel Levi
and Alexander Dimitriev and orchetras such as Lausanne Chamber, Hannover NDR
Symphony, Dusseldorf Philharmonic,Prag Symphony,Ukraine National Philharmonic
and Sofia Philharmonic Orchestra. He was also invited to International Festivals
in Turkey,Spain,Belgium,UK, Hungary,Bulgaria,Tunisia and Holland.
Among his many prizes may be mentioned, the
Istanbul Philharmonic Society Award, The Best Bartók interpreter at the 1987
Yehudi Menuhin International Violin Competition, Outstanding Merit Prize at the
1990 London Carl Flesch International Violin Competition and Foyer des Artistes
A noted champion and broadcaster of modern
Turkish music, Cihat Askin has recorded extensively for Hungaroton, Kalan Müzik,
Discovery, Meridian, CPO and UPR Classics, releases including Mozart's Fifth
Violin Concerto . His album (Invitation to the Seraglio /Emre Araci) was
released from Warner Classics. He recently released the first integral recording
of Kreutzer 42 etudes and highly acclaimed by the ciritics.
Cihat Askin has been invited as a violin teacher
to Keshet Eilon Violin Masterclasses in Israel where he teaches as a faculty
member since 1999. He served as a jury member in international competitions in
Sofia and Tel Aviv. He is invited to serve in the Sion-Valais Violin Competition
in August 2007.
Apart from being a performer Askin composes
pieces for violin and various instruments. His transcriptions for violin and
piano are published by DM Edition of Istanbul.
Askin became the founder and music director of
the Istanbul Chamber Orchestra between 2001 and 2006 and was the founder of the
Istanbul Modern Music Ensemble (IMME). He also established an educational
project called CAKA 'Cihat Askin and Little Friends' which develops the violin
education throughout Turkey. He recently established the 'Askin Ensemble' which
performs variety of music from chamber works to experimental Turkish music.
Cihat Askin is currently Professor of Music at
the Turkish State Music Conservatory, He uses a violin by Jean Baptiste
Vuillaume (1846) in his concerts.