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Berfin Aksu - Violin

Biography

Berfin Aksu was born in Ankara on 16th of March 1998. She started her musical education at Bilkent University, Music Preparatory Elementary School with her violin teacher Muhammedjan Turdiev.

In 2006, Berfin became the youngest soloist in Turkey to play with an orchestra. Since then, she has been performing in countless concerts, masterclasses and recitals. In 2007, she received The Great Artist of the Future special award from the Young Enterprise Governance Confederation. In 2008, she won the 1st prize at the 3rd Gulden Turali Violin Competition in Mersin along with the title of Best Interpretation of a Turkish Composer award. In May 2009, she won the 2nd prize at the 16th International Andrea Postacchini Violin Competition in Italy. Aksu was awarded for the 1st Prize at the 14th Remember Enescu International Violin Competition along with Best Enescu Interpretation Award and Constantin Dragoi special award in Italy, December 2009. In May 2010, Berfin won the first prize at 52nd International Kocianova Violin Competition in Czech Republic. In May 2011, Berfin was awarded for the Young Musician of the Year in Donizetti-Andante Classical Music Prizes event, and performed a piano trio with pianist Idil Biret and cellist Dorukhan Doruk.

Also in 2010, she performed in recitals at the Gnesin Music School in Moscow and Young Talents Music Festival in Tunisia. In September 2012, Berfin started studying at The Yehudi Menuhin School with Lutsia Ibragimova until 2016. During her time, she played in concerts both solo and chamber music with her fellow musician colleagues in the celebrated Menuhin Hall and around Europe.

Berfin has worked with the conductors; Rengim Gokmen, Ibrahim Yazici, Tor-Son Tan, Burak Tuzun, Gurer Aykal, Hakan Sensoy, Sebastian Tewinkel, Aytug Ulgen, Hakan Kalkan, Hansjorg Albrecht, Naci Ozguc, Howard Griffiths and Gemma New. Also, she performed various concertos with the Presidential Symphony Orchestra, Prague Philharmonic Orchestra, Bilkent Symphony Orchestra, Eskisehir Symphony Orchestra, Kammerphilharmonie Bodensee Orchestra, Bursa, Cukurova, Izmir State Symphony Orchestra, Olten Philharmony Orchestra and Brandenburg State Orchestra Frankfurt. For the last 10 years, Berfin has been performing with Fazıl Say and performing his compositions around the globe. She has had recitals at Is Sanat Culture Center, Akbank Sanat, Erimtan Archeology and Art Museum, Bogazici University Albert Long Hall, Borusan Concert Hall, Adnan Saygun Music Hall, Cemal Resit Rey Concert Hall, Wigmore Hall, Tonhalle Hall and many more.

Aksu gave a speech for TEDx Youth&Blis that was about her musical career and the depth and importance of music in March 2017. She also joined Yellow Barn Young Artists Programme in Vermont, June 2017. In August 2018, she joined Curiosa - an intensive residential collaboration course for musicians and visual artists in Goís, Portugal. In September 2018, she recorded M. Bruch’s Adagio Appassionata with Vienne Radio Symphony Orchestra conducted by Howard Griffiths for an upcoming CD. Berfin has been a scholar of Cev Young Musicians Foundation that is supported by Qnb Finansbank. She is currently playing Nicolaus Gagliano’s 1751-made violin.

Since 2016, Berfin studied with Krzysztof Smietana for two years and currently continues her musical education with Krysia Osostowicz at Guildhall School of Music and Drama.
She collaborates with all types of musicians and artists.

submission June 2019