Turgut Pöğün


Pöğün started music training by piano lessons and continued his studies with Fırat Kutluk in 1989. He was admitted to Bilkent University, Faculty of Music and Performing Arts, Theory-Composition Branch in 1995. Following his graduation in 2001, he was enrolled in the masters degree programme at Istanbul Technical University, Center for Advanced Studies in Music; in 2002 he was accepted to the Rotterdam Conservatory (Codarts) Composition Department in the Netherlands where he continued his studies and received his masters degree in 2004. He returned to Turkey, Bilkent University Institute of Music and Performing Arts and in 2008 was awarded a doctorate degree in arts. Throughout his training, he worked with (in chronological order) Işın Metin, Elhan Bakihanov, İlhan Usmanbaş, Rene Uijlenhoet and Peter-Jan Wagemans on composition. He participated in the master classes and workshops of various composers, including Franco Donatoni, Klaas de Vries, Klaus Ager, Özkan Manav and Kamran İnce.

His compositions were performed at national and international events and received national awards. Although Pöğün’s works are mainly chamber music, he also has solo and orchestral compositions. His music was performed by Bilkent Symphony Orchestra, Bilkent Youth Symphony Orchestra, AMIS Honor Band and Choir, Hezarfen Ensemble, İstanbul Modern Music Ensemble, Bilkent Ensemble, Golden Horn Brass Quintet, Duoist among others, and under conductors including Orhun Orhon, Işın Metin, Jussi Jaatinen and Mikko Vaananen. The festivals Pöğün’s music was performed includes, Schleswig Holstein Music Festival, Istanbul International Music Festival, Bilgi New Music Days, Bilkent New Music Days and MIAM sunar.

The administrative responsibilities of Pöğün include the following positions: Vice Dean of Bilkent University, Faculty of Music and Performing Arts, Academic Coordinator of the Theory-Composition Branch, Art Director of Bilkent New Music Days, Board Member of BESOM (Association of Composers, Conductors and Musicologists), TRT (Turkish Radio and Television) Polyphonic Music Department Advisory Board Member. Pöğün currently works at Bilgi University Music Department as an Assistant Professor.