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Evren Ozel

Friday, November 15, 2024   7:30pm 



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The MAC Welcomes Evren Orzel

American pianist Evren Ozel has won numerous honors and awards; most recently Evren was awarded an Avery Fisher Career Grant in 2023. Other accolades include second prize and special prizes for Best Mazurka and Best Polonaise at the 2020 U.S. National Chopin Competition, first prize at the 2016 Boston Symphony Concerto Competition, second prize and the Mozart and Chopin special prizes at the 2018 Dublin International Piano Competition, second prize at the 2016 Thomas and Evon Cooper International Competition, and scholarships from the U.S Chopin Foundation and Young Arts Foundation.

American pianist Evren Ozel has established himself as a musician of “refined restraint” (Third Coast Review), combining fluent virtuosity with probing, thoughtful interpretations. Having performed extensively in the United States and abroad, Evren is the recipient of a 2023 Avery Fisher Career Grant and a 2022 Salon de Virtuosi Career Grant, and is currently represented by Concert Artists Guild as an Ambassador Prize-Winner of the 2021 Victor Elmaleh Competition.

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Since his debut at age 11 with the Minnesota Orchestra, Evren has gone on to be a featured soloist with the Cleveland Orchestra, Jacksonville Symphony, Boston Pops  Orchestra, and The Orchestra Now at Bard College with conductors including Jahja  Ling, Courtney Lewis, Keith Lockhart, and Leon Botstein. In the 2023-24 season, he will  record Mozart concertos with the Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra and conductor  Howard Griffiths for the Next Generation Mozart Soloists project based in Zurich.  Evren has performed solo recitals at important venues across the United States,  including the Gilmore’s Wellspring Theater, the Harvard Musical Association, and the  Ordway.

An esteemed chamber musician, Evren has played at the Marlboro Music Festival and  ChamberFest Cleveland with artists such as Jonathan Biss, Franklin Cohen, Hsin-Yun  Huang, Joseph Lin, Christoph Richter, and Peter Wiley. He has also performed on  Musicians from Marlboro tours at venues including the Kimmel Center in Philadelphia  and New York’s Carnegie Hall.

Most recently, he was selected as a Bowers Program  Artist for the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. In the 2023-24 season, Evren will  make his debuts at the Gardner Museum in Boston and the Phillips Collection in  Washington, DC, with violinist Charlotte Saluste-Bridoux. He frequently collaborates with  violinist Geneva Lewis, including concerts for Philadelphia Chamber Music Society,  Capital Region Classical, and Washington Performing Arts at the Kennedy Center.

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Music of the Night 

(90-minute program / not yet confirmed) 

The night, with all its beauty and mystery, has historically been a rich source of inspiration for composers, and really for all artists. Composers like Chopin or Faure writing “Nocturnes” is a classic example, but I find it interesting to explore the other  ways besides Nocturnes that the great composers have found new colors in their music  through inspiration from the night. With some haunting moods, and some incredibly  beautiful melodies, this is sure to be an exciting program for all audiences!

Fantasiestücke, Op. 12 Robert Schumann 

Gaspard de la nuit Maurice Ravel 

Sonata No. 14 in C-sharp minor, Op. 27, No. 2 “Moonlight Sonata” Ludwig van Beethoven

Images Book II Claude Debussy 

Out of Doors, Sz. 81 Béla Bartók 

– Intermission – 

Fantasiestücke, Op. 12,  Robert Schumann 

Gaspard de la nuit,    Maurice Ravel I


“He was completely wonderful – one of the finest performances of Beethoven Op. 111 I have ever heard (and I’ve lived with the piece myself for 35 years).” – Steve Wogaman, Chamber Music Detroit (Oct. 2022)

“I am delighted to report that Evren played just beautifully yesterday, and an obviously appreciative crowd was there to absorb his refined artistry in near total silence. Evren’s Chopin playing comes straight from the heart, giving it an emotional depth that immediately captures the listener’s ear. His touch, and the sound it produces, are sublime.” – Mary Sigmond, Chopin Society (Sept. 2021)

If you would like your student aged child to accompany you to a concert or play, please call the office for a $5 student ticket.
And remember, our outdoor events and exhibit receptions are free for all.

The Speakeasy will be open, offering our curated wine list from Rivercliff Wines in Devon and IPA & Pilsner from Bad Sons Brewing in Derby.
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