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Salih Can Gevrek - Piano

Biography

Salih Can Gevrek, born in Turkey in 1992, began piano lessons at the age of 5. He was accepted into the prestigious Bilkent University Faculty of Music and Drama Preparatory School in Ankara at the age of 7. He continued his studies at Bilkent University with Gulnara Aziz until 2011 when he was accepted into the Royal College of Music London as a Soirée d’Or Scholar supported by a Russell Race Award. Salih is doing Masters 2nd year and currently studies with Dmitri Alexeev.

His achievements in international competitions started from age 10 when he was awarded a prize in the Eskisehir Anadolu University International Young Pianists Competition. His success continued with 2nd Prize in the Lubomir Pipkov International Piano Competition in Bulgaria, laureate in the Moscow State Conservatory International Piano Competition, and 1st Prize in the Kamuran Gündemir Piano Competition. He was also awarded the ‘Selçuk-Kamuran Gündemir’ Special Prize and performance of Rachmaninov Piano Concerto No. 2 with the Presidential Symphony Orchestra. He recently won 1st prize in the Gümüşlük International Piano Competition.

Salih has performed in masterclasses with renowned pianists including Dmitri Bashkirov, Boris Berezovsky, Leonid Margarius, Edna Golandsky, Özgür Aydın, Angela Brownridge and İdil Biret. As a soloist, he has performed with the Bilkent Symphony Orchestra, Ankara Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Presidential Symphony Orchestra. He has also performed solo recitals in international music festivals, such as the Antalya Piano Festival, ‘Three Choirs Festival’ Worcester, Brighton Rotterdean Music Festival, Bosch Young Classical Musicians Festival, and the Granada Music Festival in Spain. He was one of the three Talent Unlimited exchange musicians sent to ”Music Above the Park in Madrid” for a solo performance. His solo recital for the Ankara Music Festival 2011 was highly praised, and broadcast on live national radio in Spain and Turkey. Salih is a ‘Talent Unlimited’ artist and has performed in celebrated London venues such as Steinway Hall, Steinway & Sons 160th Anniversary ‘Arabesque’ Launch, St James Piccadilly, Asia House, Elgar Room of Royal Albert Hall, full recital in Purcell Room in South Bank London. He was selected by Mark Stephenson to take part in PIANOWORKS at Cadogan Hall.

As well as an already established solo pianist, Salih is an avid chamber musician. He is a founding member of the piano trio, ‘Trio Incendia’, with colleagues from the Royal College of Music who won the 2012 Royal College of Music Chamber Music Competition. They regularly present recitals including Royal Albert Hall’s ‘Classical Coffee Morning Series’, the ‘London Music Chamber Series’, ‘Belle Shenkman Music Programme’ in the National Gallery and have performed in St James Piccadilly and Wigmore Hall. They were selected for a masterclass with Menaham Pressler in Wigmore Hall and performed Beethoven’s Triple Concerto with the ‘Essex Young People’s Orchestra’.

updated December 2016