March 21, 2014 (07:00 PM)
ATA-DC Fundraiser Dinner for Atatürk Schools
American Turkish Association
of DC (ATA-DC)
invites you to a fundraiser
and an evening of music with
March 21, 2014 6:30 PM
1606 23rd Street NW,
Washington D.C. 20008
THIS IS A FUNDRAISING EVENT
All proceedings will benefit ATA-DC Atatürk Schools and educational programs
including Teachers’ Workshop.
The concert will be followed by a open buffet dinner
(When buying tickets, ATA-DC members should
to receive a member discount)
Please RSVP by March 20th by making a check payable to ATA-DC ($50 per person -
$40 for members) send it to
1526 18th St NW, Washington D.C. 20036.
To RSVP, please contact
us at firstname.lastname@example.org
PROF. YEŞİM ALKAYA YENER, Pianist
Yeşim Alkaya Yener’s musical talent was discovered at an early age while
she studied piano at the State Conservatory of Ankara and she won the right
to continue her education on the status for “Specially Talented and
Gifted Children.” She received her Bachelor Degree at the age of 18,
after which she went to U.S. for advanced studies in Piano. She was admitted
to Rochester University, Eastman School of Music, which is one of the top
music schools in USA, as a student of Prof. Rebecca Penneys, where she received
her “Master of Music Degree in Piano Performance` at the age of twenty,
as the youngest graduate ever. Prof. Penneys written about her that “In
music, one does not meet too many Yeşims.” Then, she studied advanced
piano performance and music pedagogy at prestigious music schools in Russia
and Italy. In Moscow, she studied with Prof. T. Davidovich Gutman and Svetlana
Bogino, and in Italy with Prof. Konstantin Bogino.
Yeşim continued her studies with Mrs. Vivian Weilerstein at The Cleveland
Institute of Music where she had opportunity to study with such very famous
teachers and artists as, Ms. Anne Epperson, Vronsky Babin Mme, Claude Franke
and Paul Schenly Her first orchestral concert was with N.Y. Chautauqua Orchestra,
Anthony Milograno as the conductor. Later, she worked with conductors such
as Daniel Barenboim, Louise Lane, Wayne Jeffrey and Carl Topilow. While in
USA, she received the “Prize Winner” award from the International
Murray Dranoff Duo Piano Competition and won the First Prize at Omta Grave
Piano Competition. Yeşim Alkaya Yener’s International concert
career includes many Solo and Duo Piano concerts; concerts with Chamber Groups;
concerts with orchestras and soloist at music festivals in countries like
Turkey, USA (Cleveland OH, Rochester NY, Bloomington IN, Chicago IL, Oakbrook
IL, Miami FL, New York N.Y), Russia, Poland, England, Germany, Italy,
Ukraine, Bosnia, Moldavia, Jordan and Bulgaria. She made many Radio and TV
appearances and recordings in these countries.
She was appointed as
the pianist of Chicago Civic Orchestra. She performed the world premiere of
some compositions of composers such as William Bolcom, İlhan Baran, S. Zimmerman,
She was the Jury Member for the Interstate piano competition
in Chicago and served, regularly, on the Jury for the Chicago CPS Music
After returning to Turkey in 2004, she joined the piano
faculty, as full-time instructor, at Hacettepe University Ankara State Conservatory,
the oldest and most prestigious music institution in Turkey. She was a jury
and board member for the International Pera International Piano Festival in
Istanbul for several years. She conducted many Master-Classes in Turkey and
USA. She has several published articles.
She served as member of the
Organizing and Artistic Committees for the International Chopin Symposium
that was held in 2010 on the occasion of the Composer’s 200th birthday.
She also served as the head of the Organizing Committee and as the Artistic
Director for the International Liszt Music Festival, held in 2011, celebrating
the composer’s bicentennial in Turkey.
She was appointed as Associate
Professor in 2006 and became a full Professor in 2012 at Hacettepe University,
State Conservatory of Ankara where she continues to work as a full-time piano
faculty. She continues to perform variety of concerts in Turkey and abroad.
She is married and has two children.
PROF.DR. HASAN YENER, Baritone
Born in Akşehir, Dr. Yener received his Bachelor degree
in voice/opera, from Dokuz Eylül University State Conservatory in 1989.
After graduation, collaborating with Prof. Dr. Fatih Öğüt, a specialist
medical doctor in speech and hearing problems, he conducted studies on vocal
mechanism and singing voice at Speech and Hearing Clinic at Aegean University
In 1991, succeeding a series of exams and auditions, he won the Turkish Ministry
of Education Scholarship for studying abroad and went to the United States
of America for advanced studies.
In 1994, he received his Master of Music degree, in voice, from The Cleveland
Institute of Music, in Cleveland, Ohio.
In 2003, he, after successfully completing his doctoral studies in voice/opera
and opera directing, received his doctorate (Doctor of Musical Arts) from
Indiana University School of Music in Bloomington, Indiana. During his
stay in USA, he sang solo roles and received performance contracts from various
prestigious opera houses, such as Cleveland Opera and Lyric Opera of Chicago.
He also gave many concerts in different cities in USA, such as Los Angeles,
Chicago, Cleveland, Bloomington, Atlanta, Birmingham and Ann Arbor.
During his studies in USA, he worked and collaborated with world renowned
singers, teachers and directors such as Giorgio Tozzi (Metropolitan Opera
Soloist, Broadway and Holywood actor for many years), James King, Hermann
Prey, Virginia Zeani, Camilla Williams, Gerard Souzay, Elly Ameling, Dalton
Baldwin, Leonard Hokanson, Linda Jones, Leonard Warren, George Vassos, Bruno
Bartoletti, David Bamberger, Michael McConnell, Mary Jane Johnson and Vernon
In 2004, he returned to Turkey and soon after that, he started to teach at
Ankara University State Conservatory.
In, 2006 he received the title of Associate Professor. He served as the vice
director and the director of the Conservatory, a member of the Administrative
Board and the Academic Committee at different times as well as serving on
the Inter-University Arts Education Committee. Dr. Yener was the Erasmus
Coordinator of the Conservatory, an educational exchange program in higher
education among European Countries, and help the conservatory make bilateral
agreements with some Institutions of several European countries.
Dr. Yener was appointed as tenured full Professor in 2012 and currently continues
giving concerts and teaching voice, Art Song and Oratorio Interpretation,
Vocal Teaching Techniques and Methods and French Lyric Diction at Ankara University
State Conservatory. Dr. Yener is married and has two children.