Özgür Aydin

Turkish - American pianist Özgür Aydin made his major concerto debut in 1997 in a performance of Brahms’ Piano Concerto No.1 with the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra. In the same year, he won the renowned ARD International Music Competition in Munich and the Nippon Music Award in Tokyo – recognition that has since served as the basis for an active and diverse international performing career. He is also a laureate of the Cleveland International Piano Competition.

Mr. Aydin has appeared as soloist with numerous orchestras in Germany and Turkey, as well as with the BBC Concert Orchestra London, the Simon Bolivar Youth Orchestra of Venezuela, Slovak State Philharmonic and Canada’s Calgary Philharmonic. Frequently invited to summer music festivals, he has appeared at Salzburg, Schleswig-Holstein, Rheingau, Ravinia and Edinburgh. He is a guest at many prestigious venues including New York’s Carnegie Hall, London’s Wigmore Hall, Munich’s Herkulessaal and Tokyo’s Suntory Hall.

Mr. Aydin has made recordings of solo piano works by Beethoven, Schumann, Chopin, Liszt and Rachmaninov for the European labels Videal and Yapi Kredi. His performances of the complete cycles of Beethoven’s 32 piano sonatas and 5 concertos as well as Bach’s Well-Tempered Clavier have been highly praised by the critics.

He is also a dedicated chamber musician, he enjoys recurrent collaborations with violinists Midori and Kolja Blacher, cellist Clemens Hagen, violist Naoko Shimizu and members of the Berlin Philharmonic. A new recording with Midori consisting of works by Bloch, Janacek and Shostakovic was released in fall 2013 on Onyx Classiscs.

Born in Colorado, USA to Turkish parents, Mr. Aydin began his music studies with Prof. Kartal at the Ankara Conservatory in Turkey. He subsequently studied with Peter Katin at the Royal College of Music in London and with Prof. Kammerling at the Hanover Music Academy. He has also received valuable instruction from artists such as Tatiana Nikolaeva, Andras Schiff.

Mr. Aydin lives in Berlin. His website is ozguraydin.com


  • 1984-1991 State Conservatory in Ankara-Turkey with Prof. Pekman
  • 1991-1993 Royal College of Music in London with Peter Katin
  • 1993-1999 State Academy of Music in Hannover with Prof. Kammerling
  • Master courses with Andras Schiff, Ferenc Rados, Tatiana Nikolaeva, Anatol Ugorski, Dmitri Bashkirov, and Leon Fleisher

Awards & Prizes

  • 1988 Prize winner, National Piano Competition, Istanbul, Turkey
  • 1993 1. Prize, Chopin Competition at the Royal College of Music, London
  • 1.Prize, Concerto Competition at the Royal College of Music, London
  • 1994 "Förderpreis", International Summer Academy Mozarteum, Salzburg
  • 1995 Mozart Prize, International Bremen Piano Competition
  • 1995 Special Prize, Best Performance of Chopin Etudes, International Chopin Competition, Gottingen
  • 1997 Winner of the International Music Competition of the ARD, Munich
  • with two additional prizes:
  • Wilhelm-Wechsler Prize
  • Nippon Music Award
  • 2000 Prize winner, Esther Honens Calgary International Piano Competition, Canada
  • 2001 Third Prize winner, The Cleveland International Piano Competition, USA
  • and "Mozart Prize" for the best performance of a Mozart composition
  • 2002 Second Prize Winner in Maria Callas Grand Prix in Athens


  • 1991-1993 British Council
  • 1993-1996 DAAD (German Government)
  • 1996-1999 Oscar und Vera Ritter Stiftung


Salzburg Festival, Rheingau Music Festival, Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern Festival, Chopin Festival Duszniki/Poland, Ankara Music Festival, Istanbul Music Festival, Ravinia Festival, Edinburgh International Festival

Suntory Hall and Opera City Resital Hall in Tokyo, Recital Hall in Osaka,
Carnegie Hall and 92nd Street Y in New York, Kennedy Center in Washington, Severance Hall in Cleveland, Auditorium du Louvre in Paris, Wigmore Hall and Queen Elisabeth Hall in London, L'Auditori in Barcelona, Athens Symphony Hall,
NDR Hall in Hannover, Musikhalle Hamburg, Herkulessaal and Gasteig in Munich, Philharmonie and Konzerthaus in Berlin

Concerts tours in
Austria, Australia, Belgium, England, Germany, Greece, Italy, Japan, USA, South Korea, Spain, Switzerland, Turkey

As soloist with
Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, Erfurt Philharmonic Orchestra, Osnabrück Symphony Orchestra, Hof Symphony Orchestra, Thüringen Philharmonic Orchestra, BBC Concert Orchestra London, Simon Bolivar Youth Orchestra of Venezuela, Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra, Bilkent Symphony Orchestra, Akbank Chamber Orchestra, Borusan Symphony Orchestra, Ankara, Istanbul, Izmir, Antalya, Adana State Symphony Orchestras, Iasio Philharmonic Orchestra, Patras Symphony Orchestra, Slovak Sinfonietta Zilina, Slovak State Philharmonic Orchestra

Chamber Music

Collaborations with

  • Violinist Midori
  • Violinist Kolja Blacher
  • Cellist Clemens Hagen
  • Violist Naoko Shimizu
  • Members of the Berlin Philharmonic


  • Solo piano works by Mozart, Schumann, Liszt (Videal, Berlin, 1998)
  • Romantic Selection, solo piano works by Chopin & Rachmaninov (Yapi Kredi, Istanbul, 1999)
  • Duo works for viola and piano by Schubert, Brahms, Hindemith / with Naoko Shimizu, viola (Genuin, Leipzig, 2001 and 2010)
  • Solo piano works by Bach, Mozart, Chopin, Schumann, Bartok, Boulez (Live Recordings at the Cleveland International Piano Competition 2001)
  • Works for viola and piano by Schumann, Britten and Bunch (Genuin, Leipzig, 2004)
  • Live recording, sonatas for viola and piano by Bach, Brahms, Hindemith and Clarke (Meister Music Japan 2011)
  • Duo Sonatas by Bloch, Janacek and Shostakovic with Midori, Onyx Classiscs, 2013