Turkish composer Egemen Kesikli strives to promote diversity in music, and his composition catalogue varies from large-orchestral pieces and concertos to alternative chamber works featuring traditional Turkish instruments and unconventional ensemble formations. Egemen’s music has been heard at festivals such as Forum Wallis, New York Composers Concordance, Belvedere Chamber Music Festival, Rhythm in Motion NYC, and Izmir International Music Festival, and has been featured on NPR and PBS, as well as on the leading public radios in Turkey. He received honors and recognition from ASCAP, Beethoven Club Memphis, Eczacibasi Foundation, and Minnesota Music Educators Association.
Egemen has received his Doctorate of Musical Arts degree from the University of Colorado Boulder, Master’s from the University of Texas at Austin, and Bachelor’s from St. Olaf College. His primary teachers and mentors include Carter Pann, Dan Welcher, Daniel Kellogg, Guher & Suher Pekinel, Justin Merritt, and Timothy Mahr. When he is not composing, performing, or teaching, Egemen enjoys cooking French-Indian fusion, pretending to know the difference between a Spanish Garnaca and French Grenache, improvising on his oud that was made by his beloved father, and watching cute cat and/or dog videos with his partner.