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ATA-DC Fundraiser for Ataturk Schools & Piano Concert at the Embassy Residence

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

Hasan Yener, Baritone

Yesim Alkaya Yener, Piano

   Friday, March 21, 2014 6:30 PM

Turkish Ambassador’s Residence

1606 23rd Street NW, Washington D.C. 20008


All proceedings will benefit ATA-DC Atatürk Schools and educational programs including Teachers’ Workshop.
The concert will be followed by a open buffet dinner

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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.

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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.

Between 1991-1995, 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, P. Michelucci.

She was the Jury Member for the Interstate piano competition in  Chicago and served, regularly, on the Jury for the Chicago CPS Music  Competitions.

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.

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 Izmir.

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 Hartman

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.