Mehmet Can Özer is a multifaceted composer whose music combines traditional musical elements with electroacoustic music. Having lived in both Europe and Turkey for the past decade, he has synthesized both Western and Eastern sources into his own original musical language. His works have been released internationally in a series of five solo albums which includes the first Turkish electroacoustic music CD release “Siyah Kalem Dance (2009)” as well as other compilations such as “An Anthology of Turkish Experimental Music (2016)”.

Mehmet Can Özer has performed and conducted master classes at many leading international festivals throughout Europe and also in America and Korea. Many of his works have been commissioned by prestigious institutions, notable individuals and international competitions, and he has won prizes in the Halici-Midi Composition Competition (1998) and the Bourges International Electroacoustic Music Competition (2003 and 2007).

Mehmet Can Özer was born in 1981 and studied both composition and music technologies in Ankara, Geneva, Zürich and Berlin under the tutelage of Bujor Hoinic, Michael Jarrell, Rainer Boesch and Gerald Bennett. A his artistic activities, Mehmet Can Özer is a successful sound engineer whose productions centre around classical and jazz music. Currently he is an associate professor at Yaşar University in Izmir (Turkey).

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Emilie Mayer (1812-1883) was born in Friedland (Germany) and, although largely forgotten today, was a prolific and successful composer in her day. On the death of her father, Emilie received a sizeable inheritance and subsequently studied composition in Stettin (now Szczecin, Poland) with Carl Loewe (1796-1869) who said that “such a God-given talent as hers had not been bestowed upon any other person he knew.”

After further studies in Berlin, her music began to be published and performed across Europe and she was eventually appointed co-Director of the Berlin Opera. A prolific composer, Emilie Mayer composed eight symphonies, eight violin sonatas, twelve cello sonatas, six piano trios, seven string quartets, seven orchestral overtures alongside a wealth of vocal, choral and piano music.

Emilie Mayer died in Berlin on 10 April 1883 and, although overlooked for much of the 20th-century, there has been a resurgence of interest in her music in recent years.


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