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Turkish violinist Çisem Özkurt who was born in March 26 1993, began playing the violin at the age of 12 in Hacettepe University Ankara State Conservatory. She did exchange studies in Karol Lipinski Academy of Music in Wroclaw with Erasmus scholarship. Çisem Özkurt graduated from high school and bachelor degrees with high honors. She completed her masters with Gordan Nikolic and Goran Gribajcevic at the Codarts University of the Arts.

Çisem Özkurt played as a soloist in France, Switzerland, the Netherlands and Italy. She premiered a piece for violin and orchestra called Vibes in February 2017 as a soloist, written by Jannum Kruidhof, in de Doelen Rotterdam. She gave countless solo, chamber music and orchestra concerts in different continents and got the chance to play in important stages such as Het Concertgebouw, North Sea Jazz Festival, Gergiev Festival, Tchaikovsky Concert Hall, Auditorium Santa Cecilia, Muziekgebouw Amsterdam, Tivoli Vredenburg, De Kleine Komedie and many more.

She produced sound track for the short movie called Atilla by Alkan Çöklü, which was selected for the NFF 2020 Debut Competition. She has been concertmaster of Uva – Orkest J. Pzn Sweelinck, Nescio Ensemble, and Codarts Symphony/String Orchestra and assistant concertmaster for the KonCon Symphony Orchestra for Gergiev Festival. She has been playing important crossover projects in genres such as jazz, pop, soul, hip-hop and world music. Çisem Özkurt is currently freelancing with different ensembles in diverse music genres and works as a studio and concert violinist.

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