Yiğit Özatalay

Yiğit Özatalay

Born in 1985 in Isparta, continued his early piano studies in İzmir with Turgut Aldemir and Zafer Çebi. Under bachelor degree in music at Istanbul Bilgi University, studied jazz piano with Selen Gülün and Tuna Ötenel, and composition with Gülün and Onur Türkmen. For two semesters, studied composition with Wojciech Widlak and modern composition techniques with Wojciech Zych at the Academy of Music in Cracow, Poland. Worked as research assistant at Istanbul Bilgi University Music Department for two years. In 2009, with the scholarship of Bilgi, went to Italy for his post-graduate degree in composition at Milan Conservatory under guidance of Alessandro Solbiati. Returning to Turkey in 2011, started to work as the pianist of Dostlar Theatre in the play named Ben Bertolt Brecht. Since 2012 works as full-time lecturer atIstanbul Bilgi University Music Department and continues his doctoral studies in composition at Mimar Sinan University of Fine Arts under guidance of Özkan Manav. Together with his production in the field of contemporary acoustic music, works as pianist-composer in several ensembles and as musical director and pianist in the theatre plays Yaşamaya Dair and Merhaba. He published two albums (Çınar, Güneş ve Bir Deliin 2017 and Yok mu, Var in 2018) under the name Yürüyen Merdiven, a drums-piano duo formed together with Mustafa Kemal Emirel.

Website: www.yigitozatalay.com

MAIN COMPOSITIONS

o Yok Mu Var (isn’t There, There is), 2018, Istanbul.

Commissioned by Hezarfen Ensemble to be premiered in Bristol New Music Festival 2020, England.

Music for chamber ensemble, after the poem “Yok Mu, Var” by Edip Cansever.

o Bulutun Ağdığı Gibi (As a Cloud Hangs in the Air), 2015, Istanbul.

Commissioned by Hezarfen Ensemble to be performed in Festival Trieste Prima 2015, Italy.

Music for violin, cello and piano.

o Üç Anadolu Türküsü (Three Anatolian Songs), 2015, Istanbul.

Commissioned by Sofie Vanden Eynde to be performed in Festival Europalia 2015.

Music for theorbo.

o Kesişen Hayatlar (Intersecting Lives), 2009 – 2013, Istanbul.

Commissioned by Bilkent MSSF to be performed in Bilkent New Music Days 2013.

Music for flute, trombone, violin and cello.

o Yalnız Değilim, Ben de Varım (Non sono da solo, ci sono anch’io), 2012, Istanbul.

Commissioned by Pieter Pellens to be performed at the World Saxophone Congress XVI – St. Andrews, July 2012.

Music for one saxophonist playing tenor and prepared alto saxophone.

o Bitti Mi, 2010-2011, Milano.

Music for orchestra of 32 performers.

[2 fl., 2 ob., 2 cl., 2 bsn., 2 hn., 2 trp., 20 Strings (6-5-4-3-2)]

o Porte (Doors), 2011, Milano.

Commissioned by Divertimento Ensemble to be performed in 2011 Rondò concert series.

Music for oboe and accordion.

o Due pezzi per violoncello solo: Loneliness in the Crowds & Crowds in the Loneliness, 2010, Milano.

Music for violoncello.

o Marş (Marcia), 2010, Milano.

Music for 2 violins.

o Bizim Kalbimiz Moderato Atmıyor (Our Hearts Don’t Beat Moderato), 2008, Istanbul.

Music for soprano voice and cello.

o Bütün İşe Yarayanlar İşe Yaramaz Sanılanlardan Çıkar (All Use Comes From Those Who Are Thought Useless), 2007, Cracow.

Music for clarinet, violin and piano (After a quatrain of Aziz Nesin’s poem named“Çocuklarıma”)