Turgut Erçetin


Composer-in-Residence 2017-19

A native of Istanbul, Dr. Turgut Erçetin studied composition and completed his doctorate studies at Stanford University with Brian Ferneyhough as his advisor. Erçetin’s current works engage with issues of sound, not as sonic colors but as entities that are perceived at various degrees of complexity as a result of dynamics continually changing in time and space. Most of his research and works, therefore, are involved with acoustics and psychoacoustics, as well as with computer-aided compositional processes. His solo, chamber and electro-acoustic works have been performed throughout the US and Europe with notable performances at Ultraschall, MaerzMusik, Gaudeamus Festival, Manifeste, and many other festivals. He has collaborated with pioneering ensembles such as The Arditti Quartet, The JACK Quartet, ELISION Ensemble, Neue Vocalsolisten Stuttgart and Ensemble Mosaik as well as many others.

Recently, he was awarded with the prestigious Berliner Künstlerprogramm of DAAD for a yearlong residency in Berlin. Erçetin has taken part in many research projects, the focus of which lies on musical and architectural acoustics. One of these research projects is a CCRMA (Computer Research in Music and Acoustics) project, which engages with the virtual modeling of Hagia Sophia acoustics. As a lecturer, Erçetin has given numerous talks on his music and the research projects he has conducted, at academic institutions such as the Akademie der Künste Berlin, Technische Universität Berlin, Universität der Künste Berlin, Royal Conservatory The Hague, IEM Graz, and Stanford University. His compositions are published by Edition Gravis in Berlin.