Since her highly acclaimed New York recital debut at Merkin Concert Hall, pianist Aysegul Durakoglu has concertized widely as a soloist and chamber musician throughout her native Turkey, Europe, the former Soviet Union, Canada, and the United States. She has appeared with major orchestras in Turkey where she has also been featured on radio and television; in the United States, she has performed in major venues including Merkin Concert Hall, Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, Kay Playhouse, and Bruno Walter Auditorium at Lincoln Center in New York; Jan Popper Theater at UCLA and Hancock Auditorium in Los Angeles; World Bank, and Anderson House Concert Series in Washington DC; Tsai Performing Arts Center and Federal Reserve Bank Series in Boston; and the Asssembly Hall in Chicago. Recently, she has been featured as soloist at the International Istanbul Music Festival with James Galway, and at contemporary music festivals in Russia and Canada.
Aysegul Durakoglu received her Bachelor of Music degree at the Istanbul State Conservatory. After receiving her Master of Music Degree from the Juilliard School, she earned a Ph.D. degree in piano performance with notable distinction at New York University's Steinhardt School. Now an active performer and researcher, Dr. Durakoglu has presented numerous lecture-recitals on the music of Turkish composers and piano music of Claude Debussy. In 1998, she established a Chamber Music Society, Musica Mundana, and continues to perform with her ensemble throughout the United States and Canada. She is full-time faculty of the Music and Technology Department at the Stevens Institute of Technology, NJ, where she teaches piano, music history, music theory, and Eastern Mediterranean music.