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Kamran  Ince

Born: May 6th, 1960
Country of origin: Turkey
...astonishing... Ince is that rare composer able to sound connected with modern music and yet still seem exotic. - The Los Angeles Times

The music of Turkish/American composer Kamran Ince bridges Anatolia and the Balkans to the West. The energy and rawness of Turkish and Balkan folk music, the spirituality of Byzantium and Ottoman court music, the tradition of European art music and the extrovert and popular qualities of the American psyche are the base of his sound world. These ingredients happily breathe in cohesion, and they spin the linear and vertical contrasts so essential to his music forward.

Hailed by The Los Angeles Times as “that rare composer able to sound connected with modern music, and yet still seem exotic,” Ince was born in Montana in 1960 to American and Turkish parents. He holds a Doctorate from Eastman School of Music, and currently serves as Professor of Composition at University of Memphis and at MIAM Center for Advanced Research in Music at the Istanbul Technical University. His numerous prizes include the Rome Prize, the Guggenheim Fellowship, the Lili Boulanger Prize and the Arts and Letters Award in Music from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. His Waves of Talya was named one of the best chamber works of the 20th century by a living composer in the Chamber Music Magazine.

His works are performed by such orchestras as the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, BBC Symphony Orchestra and the Prague Symphony Orchestra, and such ensembles as the Nederlands Blazers Ensemble, Chanticleer Choir and the Los Angeles Piano Quartet. Concerts devoted to his music have been heard at the Holland Festival, CBC Encounter Series (Toronto), the Istanbul International Music Festival, Estoril Festival (Lisbon), TurkFest (London), and Cultural Influences in Globalization Festival (Ho Chi Minh City). In addition to symphonic and chamber works, his catalogue also includes music for film and ballet. His music is published exclusively by Schott Music Corporation.

Commissions he has received include those from Ford Foundation, Fromm Foundation, Koussevitzky Foundation, Jerome Foundation, Reader’s Digest and Pew Charitable Trust. Recent important projects include A Grand American Celebration (2019) for wind ensemble and soloists, for the opening of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Peck School of the Arts Jan Serr Studio; Concerto for Percussion and Orchestra “Cikirikcilar Hill” (2018) for Evelyn Glennie and Borusan Istanbul Philharmonic Orchestra; Meditation and Gratitude (2018) for Kevin Stalheim’s last season at Present Music; Songs in Other Words (2014) (six kernels from Mendelssohn’s Songs Without Words recomposed) for Spark and Schleswig-Holstein Festival (released on Berlin Classics); Fortuna Sepio Nos (2013), a piano trio for Arkas Trio; it’s a nasreddin (2013) for Berlin Counterpoint and Istanbul International Music Festival; Zamboturfidir (2012) for Irish Arts Council for Yurodny (Dublin) and Hezarfen (Istanbul); Still, Flow, Surge (2011) for choir and orchestra for Present Music’s 30th anniversary; Concerto for Orchestra, Turkish Instruments and Voices (2009) for the Turkish Ministry of Culture; Dreamlines (2008) to celebrate the 100th Anniversary of Turkish Chamber of Architects; Music for a Lost Earth (ambient music project) (2007); Gloria (Everywhere) (2007) for the Chanticleer Mass project (released on Warner Classics And on Earth, Piece); Turquoise (2006), a mix of his works arranged for the Nederlands Blazers Ensemble (released on NBELive), and 5th Symphony Galatasaray (2005) in honor of the infamous soccer club’s (winner of the European and the World Super Cup in 2000) centennial celebrations.

Five Naxos CDs of Ince’s music have been released. They are Music for a Lost Earth, Galatasaray, Hammers & Whistlers, Constantinople and Kamran Ince. His other CDs include In White and Passion and Dreams on Innova, Fall of Constantinople on Argo/Decca, Kamran Ince & Friends and Asumani on Albany.

Ince’s Judgment of Midas , an opera commissioned by Crawford Greenewalt to mark the 50th anniversary of Sardis/Lydia excavations, had its premiere in April 2013 in Milwaukee with Present Music and Milwaukee Opera Theatre with Ince conducting (released by Albany Records). In 2001 he wrote Flight Box , to commemorate the opening of the new building for the Milwaukee Art Museum designed by one of the greatest architects of or time, Santiago Calatrava.

– Kamran Ince
1960
Born in Glendive, Montana
1971
Entered Ankara State Conservatory at age 10, where he began studying cello, piano as well as composition with IIhan Baran.
1977
Entered Izmir University where he studied composition with Muammer Sun.
1982
Earned Bachelor of Music from Oberlin College.
1984
Earned Masters degree in Music from Eastman School of Music.

"Concerto for Piano and Orchestra" premieres with Ince as pianist with the Reading Symphony Orchestra, Pennsylvania, conducted by Sidney Rothstein.
1987
Earned Doctorate degree in Music from Eastman School of Music.

Won the Prix de Rome and Guggenheim Fellowship.
1988
Won the Lili Boulanger Memorial Prize.
1989
Composed "Symphony No. I: Castles in the Air"
1990
Appointed Visiting Professor of Music at University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Michigan.
1992
Appointed full time faculty of the University of Memphis, teaching composition and co-directing the University of Memphis Imagine New Music Festival.
1994
"Symphony No. II: Fall of Constantinople" premieres with Albany Symphony Orchestra, conducted by David Alan Miller.
1995
"Symphony No. III: Siege of Vienna" premieres with Albany Symphony Orchestra, conducted by David Alan Miller.
1999
Founded the Center for Advanced Research in Music at Istanbul University.
2000
"Symphony No. IV: Sardis" debuts with the Prague Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Kamran Ince.
2002
Composed "Concerto for Orchestra, Turkish Instruments and Voices".
2005
"Symphony No. V: Galatasary" premieres with Bilkent Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Kamran Ince.
2007
"Gloria (Everywhere)," for male a cappella chorus, premieres with Chanticleer and is recorded on "Peace: A Chanticleer Mass".
2010
Naxos releases four albums of Kamran Ince's music: "Music for A Lost Earth", "Symphony No. V: Galatasary", "Hammers & Whistlers", and "Symphony No. II: Fall of Constantipole".
2011
Present Music premieres "Still, Flow, Surge" in Milwaukee.
2011
The Crossing Choir premieres "Thyestes" in Philadelphia, based on text by Seneca.

"The Invasion", part of the larger "Gallipoli Symphony", premieres at Gallipoli at the Canberra International Music Festival to mark the centennial in 2015 of the first World War battle of Gallipoli.
2013
Present Music presents the world premiere of Ince's first opera "Judgment of Midas", directed by Jill Anna Ponasik and conducted by Ince.
2014
"Abandoned", a monodrama for alto voice and chamber ensemble, commissioned by Opera Memphis, premieres at Midtown Opera Festival 2014.
2015
Albany Records releases premiere commercial recording of "Judgment of Midas", performed by Present Music in collaboration with Milwaukee Opera Theatre.
2016
Cellist Rahsan Apay, with the Hacettepe University Symphony Orchestra, gave the world premiere of Ince’s "The Crying Wall", for solo cello and string orchestra, in Ankara, Turkey.

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  1. Before Infrared

    Before Infrared

    for orchestra
    Composer : Ince, Kamran
    Instrumentation : orchestra
    Edition : performance material
  2. Hot, Red, Cold, Vibrant

    Hot, Red, Cold, Vibrant

    for orchestra
    Composer : Ince, Kamran
    Instrumentation : orchestra
    Edition : performance material
  3. Infrared Only

    Infrared Only

    for orchestra
    Composer : Ince, Kamran
    Instrumentation : orchestra
    Edition : performance material
  4. Lipstick

    Lipstick

    ballet for orchestra
    Composer : Ince, Kamran
    Instrumentation : orchestra
    Edition : performance material
  5. Plexus

    Plexus

    ballet for chamber ensemble
    Composer : Ince, Kamran
    Instrumentation : chamber ensemble
    Edition : performance material
  6. Piano Concerto

    Piano Concerto

    for piano and orchestra
    Composer : Ince, Kamran
    Instrumentation : piano, orchestra
    Edition : performance material
  7. FEST

    FEST

    for new music ensemble and orchestra
    Composer : Ince, Kamran
    Instrumentation : new music ensemble, orchestra
    Edition : performance material
  8. Symphony No. 2

    Symphony No. 2

    "Fall of Constantinople"
    Composer : Ince, Kamran
    Instrumentation : orchestra
    Edition : performance material
  9. Symphony No. 3

    Symphony No. 3

    "Siege of Vienna"
    Composer : Ince, Kamran
    Instrumentation : orchestra
    Edition : performance material
  10. In White

    In White

    for violin, male and female voice and chamber ensemble
    Composer : Ince, Kamran
    Instrumentation : violin, male and female voice, chamber ensemble
    Edition : performance material

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Profile
...astonishing... Ince is that rare composer able to sound connected with modern music and yet still seem exotic. - The Los Angeles Times

The music of Turkish/American composer Kamran Ince bridges Anatolia and the Balkans to the West. The energy and rawness of Turkish and Balkan folk music, the spirituality of Byzantium and Ottoman court music, the tradition of European art music and the extrovert and popular qualities of the American psyche are the base of his sound world. These ingredients happily breathe in cohesion, and they spin the linear and vertical contrasts so essential to his music forward.

Hailed by The Los Angeles Times as “that rare composer able to sound connected with modern music, and yet still seem exotic,” Ince was born in Montana in 1960 to American and Turkish parents. He holds a Doctorate from Eastman School of Music, and currently serves as Professor of Composition at University of Memphis and at MIAM Center for Advanced Research in Music at the Istanbul Technical University. His numerous prizes include the Rome Prize, the Guggenheim Fellowship, the Lili Boulanger Prize and the Arts and Letters Award in Music from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. His Waves of Talya was named one of the best chamber works of the 20th century by a living composer in the Chamber Music Magazine.

His works are performed by such orchestras as the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, BBC Symphony Orchestra and the Prague Symphony Orchestra, and such ensembles as the Nederlands Blazers Ensemble, Chanticleer Choir and the Los Angeles Piano Quartet. Concerts devoted to his music have been heard at the Holland Festival, CBC Encounter Series (Toronto), the Istanbul International Music Festival, Estoril Festival (Lisbon), TurkFest (London), and Cultural Influences in Globalization Festival (Ho Chi Minh City). In addition to symphonic and chamber works, his catalogue also includes music for film and ballet. His music is published exclusively by Schott Music Corporation.

Commissions he has received include those from Ford Foundation, Fromm Foundation, Koussevitzky Foundation, Jerome Foundation, Reader’s Digest and Pew Charitable Trust. Recent important projects include A Grand American Celebration (2019) for wind ensemble and soloists, for the opening of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Peck School of the Arts Jan Serr Studio; Concerto for Percussion and Orchestra “Cikirikcilar Hill” (2018) for Evelyn Glennie and Borusan Istanbul Philharmonic Orchestra; Meditation and Gratitude (2018) for Kevin Stalheim’s last season at Present Music; Songs in Other Words (2014) (six kernels from Mendelssohn’s Songs Without Words recomposed) for Spark and Schleswig-Holstein Festival (released on Berlin Classics); Fortuna Sepio Nos (2013), a piano trio for Arkas Trio; it’s a nasreddin (2013) for Berlin Counterpoint and Istanbul International Music Festival; Zamboturfidir (2012) for Irish Arts Council for Yurodny (Dublin) and Hezarfen (Istanbul); Still, Flow, Surge (2011) for choir and orchestra for Present Music’s 30th anniversary; Concerto for Orchestra, Turkish Instruments and Voices (2009) for the Turkish Ministry of Culture; Dreamlines (2008) to celebrate the 100th Anniversary of Turkish Chamber of Architects; Music for a Lost Earth (ambient music project) (2007); Gloria (Everywhere) (2007) for the Chanticleer Mass project (released on Warner Classics And on Earth, Piece); Turquoise (2006), a mix of his works arranged for the Nederlands Blazers Ensemble (released on NBELive), and 5th Symphony Galatasaray (2005) in honor of the infamous soccer club’s (winner of the European and the World Super Cup in 2000) centennial celebrations.

Five Naxos CDs of Ince’s music have been released. They are Music for a Lost Earth, Galatasaray, Hammers & Whistlers, Constantinople and Kamran Ince. His other CDs include In White and Passion and Dreams on Innova, Fall of Constantinople on Argo/Decca, Kamran Ince & Friends and Asumani on Albany.

Ince’s Judgment of Midas , an opera commissioned by Crawford Greenewalt to mark the 50th anniversary of Sardis/Lydia excavations, had its premiere in April 2013 in Milwaukee with Present Music and Milwaukee Opera Theatre with Ince conducting (released by Albany Records). In 2001 he wrote Flight Box , to commemorate the opening of the new building for the Milwaukee Art Museum designed by one of the greatest architects of or time, Santiago Calatrava.

– Kamran Ince
Works
Chronology
1960
Born in Glendive, Montana
1971
Entered Ankara State Conservatory at age 10, where he began studying cello, piano as well as composition with IIhan Baran.
1977
Entered Izmir University where he studied composition with Muammer Sun.
1982
Earned Bachelor of Music from Oberlin College.
1984
Earned Masters degree in Music from Eastman School of Music.

"Concerto for Piano and Orchestra" premieres with Ince as pianist with the Reading Symphony Orchestra, Pennsylvania, conducted by Sidney Rothstein.
1987
Earned Doctorate degree in Music from Eastman School of Music.

Won the Prix de Rome and Guggenheim Fellowship.
1988
Won the Lili Boulanger Memorial Prize.
1989
Composed "Symphony No. I: Castles in the Air"
1990
Appointed Visiting Professor of Music at University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Michigan.
1992
Appointed full time faculty of the University of Memphis, teaching composition and co-directing the University of Memphis Imagine New Music Festival.
1994
"Symphony No. II: Fall of Constantinople" premieres with Albany Symphony Orchestra, conducted by David Alan Miller.
1995
"Symphony No. III: Siege of Vienna" premieres with Albany Symphony Orchestra, conducted by David Alan Miller.
1999
Founded the Center for Advanced Research in Music at Istanbul University.
2000
"Symphony No. IV: Sardis" debuts with the Prague Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Kamran Ince.
2002
Composed "Concerto for Orchestra, Turkish Instruments and Voices".
2005
"Symphony No. V: Galatasary" premieres with Bilkent Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Kamran Ince.
2007
"Gloria (Everywhere)," for male a cappella chorus, premieres with Chanticleer and is recorded on "Peace: A Chanticleer Mass".
2010
Naxos releases four albums of Kamran Ince's music: "Music for A Lost Earth", "Symphony No. V: Galatasary", "Hammers & Whistlers", and "Symphony No. II: Fall of Constantipole".
2011
Present Music premieres "Still, Flow, Surge" in Milwaukee.
2011
The Crossing Choir premieres "Thyestes" in Philadelphia, based on text by Seneca.

"The Invasion", part of the larger "Gallipoli Symphony", premieres at Gallipoli at the Canberra International Music Festival to mark the centennial in 2015 of the first World War battle of Gallipoli.
2013
Present Music presents the world premiere of Ince's first opera "Judgment of Midas", directed by Jill Anna Ponasik and conducted by Ince.
2014
"Abandoned", a monodrama for alto voice and chamber ensemble, commissioned by Opera Memphis, premieres at Midtown Opera Festival 2014.
2015
Albany Records releases premiere commercial recording of "Judgment of Midas", performed by Present Music in collaboration with Milwaukee Opera Theatre.
2016
Cellist Rahsan Apay, with the Hacettepe University Symphony Orchestra, gave the world premiere of Ince’s "The Crying Wall", for solo cello and string orchestra, in Ankara, Turkey.
Products

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  1. Before Infrared

    Before Infrared

    for orchestra
    Composer : Ince, Kamran
    Instrumentation : orchestra
    Edition : performance material
  2. Hot, Red, Cold, Vibrant

    Hot, Red, Cold, Vibrant

    for orchestra
    Composer : Ince, Kamran
    Instrumentation : orchestra
    Edition : performance material
  3. Infrared Only

    Infrared Only

    for orchestra
    Composer : Ince, Kamran
    Instrumentation : orchestra
    Edition : performance material
  4. Lipstick

    Lipstick

    ballet for orchestra
    Composer : Ince, Kamran
    Instrumentation : orchestra
    Edition : performance material
  5. Plexus

    Plexus

    ballet for chamber ensemble
    Composer : Ince, Kamran
    Instrumentation : chamber ensemble
    Edition : performance material
  6. Piano Concerto

    Piano Concerto

    for piano and orchestra
    Composer : Ince, Kamran
    Instrumentation : piano, orchestra
    Edition : performance material
  7. FEST

    FEST

    for new music ensemble and orchestra
    Composer : Ince, Kamran
    Instrumentation : new music ensemble, orchestra
    Edition : performance material
  8. Symphony No. 2

    Symphony No. 2

    "Fall of Constantinople"
    Composer : Ince, Kamran
    Instrumentation : orchestra
    Edition : performance material
  9. Symphony No. 3

    Symphony No. 3

    "Siege of Vienna"
    Composer : Ince, Kamran
    Instrumentation : orchestra
    Edition : performance material
  10. In White

    In White

    for violin, male and female voice and chamber ensemble
    Composer : Ince, Kamran
    Instrumentation : violin, male and female voice, chamber ensemble
    Edition : performance material

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