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Can Arısoy - Piano


Can Arisoy is a world-renowned pianist with a musical heritage spanning four generations. His family’s century-old tradition of music has instilled in him a lifelong passion for the piano. Can’s prodigious talent was quickly recognised at a young age, with his first concert at age seven and his solo debut with the Bilkent Youth Symphony Orchestra at just eleven. He was invited to perform on Turkish National Radio 3, garnering national recognition for his musical abilities. Can later received a full scholarship to the highly prestigious Yehudi Menuhin School.

His international career as a soloist took off when he was just 14 years old, and he has since performed in renowned venues, such as Wigmore Hall, Venice Campo San Maurizio, and Bilkent Concert Hall. Can’s artistry has taken him to many countries around the world, including Austria, France, Spain, Scotland, Germany, Turkey, Switzerland, and Italy. He has been invited to perform at various music festivals, including The Gstaad Music Festival, ISA Piano Festival, Gümüslük International Piano Festival, Music Alp International Music Academy, and Cheathams Piano Series. He has played concertos with orchestras around the UK, including The Pelly Concert Orchestra, The Dorking Chamber Orchestra, and The Yehudi Menuhin School Orchestra. Can had already given his first masterclass at the age of 19 at the Izzet Baysal Fine Arts University in Turkey. His performances and interviews have been featured at The Strad Magazine, The Capital News, Karnaval Radio, and Borusan Classic Istanbul. He is a highly sought-after artist of the Keyboard Trust, Zetland Foundation, and Talent Unlimited in the UK.

In his performances Can embodies the authentic tradition of classical music through both improvisation and transcription. As a classical improviser, Can pays homage to a long-standing tradition in classical music that dates back to a time when composers and performers were expected to be highly skilled improvisers. By embracing this tradition in performances, he keeps alive an important part of classical music culture. Similarly, in his transcriptions Can also strives to pay homage to the original works, as has been the tradition in classical music for centuries. His latest transcription of Schumann’s Dichterliebe song cycle for solo piano is the first-ever piano transcription of the beloved song cycle. Through his transcriptions and improvisations, Can brings an authentic and unique element to his performances, creating one-of-a-kind experience for his audiences.

He is continuing his studies at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama with Prof. Ronan O’Hora and Katya Apekisheva.

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updated April 2023