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EMRE SIHAN KALELI

Composer

ABOUT

Born in Ankara in 1987, I am a Turkish composer who currently lives in Vienna. I studied and acquired professional experience in four countries: Turkey, Uzbekistan, the Netherlands, and Austria. I had the opportunity of developing close artistic connections with certain soloists and collectives: Matthias Arter (oboe, Switzerland), the Omnibus Ensemble (Uzbekistan), the pre-art soloists (Switzerland), the Nieuw Ensemble (the Netherlands), and the Ensemble Modelo62 (the Netherlands). These collaborations played a significant role in my artistic development. Studies with Richard Ayres and Willem Jeths as well as extra-curricular mentorship from Artyom Kim, Joël Bons, and Peter Adriaansz have been other important influences on me. Perhaps a natural consequence of having lived in countries that are culturally significantly diverse, heretofore my work has not been focusing on one singular aesthetic direction or style. On the contrary: most of my compositions strongly differ from one another, displaying a plurality of aesthetic directions and accompanying technical tools. It can however be observed that my music strongly tends to be expressive – it is impulsive with frequent and abrupt changes, and rich in the emotions and emotional states it reflects.

My works have been awarded with a number of prizes and honours. Here is a selection of them:

  • 2019 – impuls Composition Competition, Austria, Selected Composer
  • 2019 – Call for Scores, Nief-Norf Summer Festival, USA, Selected Composer
  • 2018 – ‘Satellite 2018–19’ project of the Ensemble Phoenix Basel, Switzerland, Selected Composer
  • 2018 – ‘Startstipendium’ for Music and Performing Arts of the Austrian Federal Chancellery, Austria
  • 2017 – Call for Scores, Ensemble Reconsil Vienna, Austria, Selected Composer
  • 2016 – 3rd International Mauricio Kagel Competition, Austria, Honorable Mention
  • 2015 – Gargonza Arts Award (nominated by Heinz Holliger), Germany, A three months artist residency award in Italy
  • 2015 – MIAM Composition Award, Turkey
  • 2015 – Funding for a two-years artistic project with the Ensemble Modelo62 from the Dutch Performing Arts Funds, the Netherlands
  • 2013 – Gaudeamus Award, the Netherlands, Honorable Mention
  • 2009 – 5th Pre-Art Competition for Young Composers, Switzerland, 1st Prize

My works are published by Donemus (NL).


UPCOMING & CURRENT PROJECTS


  • Next projects: New work for Klangforum Wien, commissioned by impuls; New work for airborne extended 
  • Currently in progress: New work for one of the greatest double bass players of contemporary music – Aleksander Gabrys – and the Ensemble Phoenix Basel. The piece will be result of the workshops series organised by the Ensemble Phoenix, in the framework of their programme ‘Satellite 2018–19’


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duo clearobscure


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duo clearobscure (Aleksandra Bajde & Emre Sihan Kaleli) is a contemporary music duo currently based in Vienna.
Their work combines contemporary playing/singing techniques with theatrical elements and improvisation.


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CONTACT
emresihan@gmail.com