Beyza Yazgan

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Beyza Yazgan is a Turkish pianist and composer. She earned her PhD in piano performance at Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University State Conservatory in Istanbul where she worked as a part-time faculty member and a Professional Studies Diploma from Mannes School of Music at The New School. She has performed numerous times as a soloist and has toured her native Turkey giving solo recitals. She has also organized and performed benefit recitals at the British and Italian Embassies in Istanbul to raise awareness for childhood cancers and Syrian refugees. More recently, she performed in Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, Abrons Art Center for New York Electroacoustic Music Festival, Teatro Alfieri in Italy, and curated fundraiser concerts for Ukraine at ‘Wild Birds’ Brooklyn and ‘Christ and St.Stephen’s Church.

 

She won first prize at the International Edirne Young Musicians Competition (2002), Success in Education Award hosted by Koç Holding (2013), Josef Fidelman Contemporary Music Performance Award upon her graduation from Mannes School of Music (2018), First prize at the 8th Metropolitan International Piano Competition (NYC / 2019) and First prize on solo piano and best chamber music performance award at the International Music Academy Competition in Italy (Castelnuovo di Garfagnana / 2019).

 

Beyza has taken part in masterclasses by world-renowned artists such as Gary Graffman, Oxana Yablonskaya, Richard Goode, Vladimir Feltsman, Boris Berman and Solomon Mikowsky. Her self-produced debut album 'To Anatolia: Selections from the Turkish Five’ was released by Bridge Records in 2021. She currently lives in New York City, performs, teaches, and composes for her upcoming album.