One of the finest pianists of her generation, Hande Dalkılıç pays special attention to feature works by Turkish composers especially at her concerts abroad, will perform works of the composers such as Ahmed Adnan Saygun, Ulvi Cemal Erkin as well as Muammer Sun and Çetin Işıközlü.

Hande Dalkilic

Hande Dalkılıç was born in Ankara, Turkey. After her initial piano lessons with Prof. Güherdal Karamanoğlu Çakırsoy, she started her academic training in Bilkent University Faculty of Music and Performing Arts in 1989. Here, she studied with Prof. Ersin Onay up to the level of doctorate, cultivating her prowess and her musical formation, which had already begun to mature and distinguish at young ages. During this period and afterwards she studied and discussed musical ideas with distinguished pianist- pedagogs as György Sandor, Sebastian Benda and Prof.George Sava.

Since the very early periods of her professional career, Hande Dalkılıç has attracted notice also with her researcher side, nourished by her fine artistic perception. It is through these qualities that she has attained a mature interpretation and a wide repertoire at a young age.

Her first CD, which includes the world premier of A. Adnan Saygun's Op.76 Piano Sonata was released in 2000 under the BMP label. This recording was re-released in 2007, again on the BMP label.

She also became the editor of  Saygun’s op.76 Sonata (hand-wiriting) which was published by Peer Music Hande DalkilicClassical (Hamburg) in 2012.

Hande Dalkılıç has also recorded Saygun's Op. 34, 1st. Piano Concerto (BMP), Muammer Sun's "Country Colours " for solo piano (BMP and KALAN), Cemal Reşit Rey's "Variations on an Istanbul Folk Song" for piano and orchestra and complete solo piano works of Ulvi Cemal Erkin (KALAN).

Her new album, “Tunes of The Upper Euphrates” (Yukarı Fırat Ezgileri) consists of 9 folk-songs which were dedicated to the artist by composer Çetin Işiközlü and has been released by Kalan Music Label.

Her CDs of Turkish composers together with this one is an indication of the artist's consciously chosen and carefully shaped professional career as a performer of Turkish composers. She likes to pay special attention to feature works by Turkish composers especially at her concerts abroad.

Hande Dalkılıç has participated in important festivals, including the 34th International Sofia Music Festival, International Cartage Festival in Tunisia 2002, the 18th, 22nd, 27th and 33 th. International Ankara Music Festivals, 5th International Antalya Piano Festival, 9th and 14th International Bellapais Festival in North Cyprus, D-Marin Turgut Reis 5th International Music Festival, “Piano Echos” 14 th International Piano Festival Monferrato, Italy, 30th International Sarajevo Winter Festival 2014, 11th. Tallinn Chamber Music Festival and 5th.International “Marile Serate Musicale” Chamber Music Festival Romania.

In addition to her performances as guest soloist with all Turkish State Symphonies, private orchestras and foreign orchestras, Hande Dalkılıç has also given recitals and chamber music concerts in countries such as Bulgaria, Bosna-Herzegovina, Canada, Czech Republic, Egypt, England, Estonia, Ethiopia, France, Finland, Germany, Holland, Israel, Italy, Kenya, Latvia, Norway, Pakistan, Poland, Romania, South Africa, Switzerland, Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus, Tunisia, Ukraine and U.S.A.

Hande Dalkılıç received her Associate Professor degree in March 2006 and her Professor degree in November 2013 from Hacettepe Ankara State Conservatory where she currently teaches.

She is the representative of the European Piano Teachers Association in Turkey. She continues her career as a soloist through her concerts both at home and abroad, along with her radio and TV broadcasts. Her profound and genuine interpretations, with a powerful technique that forms her virtuosity, reach a wider audience by the day.

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