Recep Gul
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Recep Gul, composer, educator and singer, has just been awarded his DMA degree in composition at the University of Michigan. His teachers have included Bright Sheng, Evan Chambers, Kamran Ince, Paul Schoenfield and Pieter Snapper. He was born in Samsun, a small city on the Northern coast of Turkey, in 1982. Recep started music at a very young age singing in a local folk music choir. Starting from his high school years he studied piano, and during his university years he studied singing and composition. After moving to Istanbul for his university education, he conducted Bogazici University Classical Music Choir, sang in various choirs and founded an a capella jazz group where they released the first a capella Jazz album in Turkey. With his group, Recep performed in various concerts and festivals including Istanbul Jazz Festival. Upon completion of his undergraduate education, he did his masters in composition at the Istanbul Technical University – MIAM (center for advanced studies in music) With the help of this varied background, in his music he tries to use elements of Jazz, Turkish folk music, classical and contemporary music. His music has been performed in various new music festivals and concerts in Turkey, Germany and United States. Recep Gul’s chamber ensemble piece “A Given” got performed at the Midwest Composer’s Symposium, and his solo cello Piece “Two Colors” - performed by cellist Paul Dwyer - was released by M-Block records. His orchestral work “Wedding of Attis” was read by Detroit Symphony Orchestra conducted by Leonard Slatkin and was premiered by the University of Michigan Symphony Orchestra. In 2011 he was awarded highly prestigious two awards: the Rackham Pre-Doctoral Fellowship and the Institute for the Humanities Graduate Student Fellowship at the University of Michigan. His recent work, “The Exchange”, a cantata based of the testimonies of the refugees of the 1923 Greco-Turkish Forced population exchange, was premiered at the University of Michigan Museum of Art. He is currently a fellow at the University of Michigan Institute for the Humanities.

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