Keynote Speakers

Neva Özgen (Istanbul Technical University)

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Neva Özgen, was born in 1977 . A graduate of ITU Turkish Music State Conservatory, she completed her masters and PhD. at the ITU Conservatory as well. She performs as a soloist with Anatolia Ensemble, Montreal Tribal Trio, Atlas Ensemble, Netherlands Blazers Ensemble, En Chordais, /Elect.Voices, Constantinople, Ensemble Variances, Hezarfen Ensemble, and with Shujaat Hussain Khan, Deepak Ram, Peter Murphy, Mich Geber, Jean-Guihen Queyras, Kudsi Erguner, Frangiz Ali-Zade, Javanshir Guliev, Theo Loevendi, Joel Bons, Michael Ellison and Kamran Ince, amongst others. Since 2009 she has given lectures on Turkish Maqam Music at the Amsterdam Conservatory as part of the Atlas Academy, introducing kemençe to composers, performing their works and helping them to write new music for the instrument. In 2010 Ozgen also gave lectures about Turkish Maqam Music and kemençe at UC Santa Cruz. Legacy, released in September 2001 by Golden Horn Records, is Neva Özgen’s debut album. Her latest album, “Passage”. was released in 2016 with Constantinople Ensemble. Neva is currently Associate Professor at Istanbul Technical University Conservatory.

Michael Ellison (Bristol University)

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The music of Michael Ellison seamlessly integrates contemporary and traditional influences into a unique and personal idiom. His first opera, Mevlâna-Say I am You (Rotterdam Operadagen and Istanbul Music Festivals, 2012) broke new ground in transcultural music, achieving an unprecedented level of integration of Turkish traditional instruments into contemporary music—a direction his second opera, Deniz Küstü (Istanbul Music Festival, 2016, Jones/Tanbay/NOHlab) extends. Ellison has been commissioned by BBC Symphony Orchestra, Acht Brücken Festival, Radio France, Grenoble Festival, New York Youth Symphony, Siemens Foundation, Nova Chamber Music Series, amongst many others. He is Principal Investigator on the five-year, Bristol-based European Research Council project Beyond East and West: Developing and Documenting an Evolving Transcultural Musical Practice (2015-2020) and is co-director of Istanbul’s Hezarfen Ensemble.

Martin Greve (Orient Institute İstanbul)


Martin Greve is specialist in musicology and ethnomusicology with a focus on Turkish music. His doctoral thesis deals with the history of Turkish Art Music in the 20th century. His habilitation thesis is a study of Turkish music in Germany. Dr. Greve has taught various courses on ethnomusicology and Turkish music as well as offered cross-cultural training at several universities and music academies in Germany and Switzerland, including TU Berlin, FU Berlin, Universität Basel, Musikhochschule Köln, and Universität Heidelberg.
Dr. Greve served as coordinator to the study program of Turkish music at the Rotterdam World Music Academy (part of the Codarts – Hogeschool voor de Kunsten) from 2005 to 2011. From 2007 to 2011 he served as advisor to the Berliner Philharmonie concert hall for the concert program “Alla Turca.” 
Beginning in May, 2011, Martin Greve is a research fellow at the Orient-Institut Istanbul. In 2017 he published the monograph “Makamsiz. Individualization of Traditional Music on the Eve of Kemalist Turkey”.

Robert Reigle (Istanbul Technical University)

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Robert F. Reigle teaches at the Centre for Advanced Studies in Music, Istanbul Technical University, where he created the first ethnomusicology doctoral program in Turkey. He received his doctorate from the University of California, Los Angeles, with a dissertation about sacred music from Papua New Guinea. He conceived the Istanbul Spectral Music Conference, developing a new unified perspective on timbre, joining perspectives from ethnomusicologists, composers, musicologists, and performers.

Toivo Tulev (Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre)

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Born in 1958, he is author of numerous orchestral, vocal and chamber works including instrumental concertos, symphony, cantatas and oratorios. Toivo Tulev is currently professor of composition and orchestration at the Estonian Academy of Music and Theater and the Head of the Composition Department.

His teachers have included Anti Marguste, Eino Tamberg, Hans-Ulrich Humpert and Sven-David Sandström. During 1996 he studied electro-acoustic music at the Cologne Hochschule der Musik. But he also acknowledges the strong musical influence and encouragement of people such as Tõnu Kaljuste and Erkki-Sven Tüür, and the experience of singing in various early music vocal ensembles like Vox Clamantis, Chœur Grégorien de Paris and Heinavanker. He is himself the founder (1995) and artistic director of the liturgical music ensemble Scandicus.

Tulev’s music is performed on a regular basis among others at NYYD Festival (Tallinn), Nuova Consonanza (Rome), Warsaw Autumn, Third Practice (Richmond, USA); Time of Music (Finland), Gaida (Vilnius), Arena (Riga), Oslo Church Music Festival, Vale of Glamorgan Festival (UK), Month of Modern (Philadelphia), Holland Festival, 20 Lieux sur la Mer (Marseilles), März Musik (Berlin), Ultima (Oslo), Sydney Spring etc.

Toivo Tulev’s author CD-s have been released by Estonian Radio (“be lost in the call”, 2004) and Harmonia Mundi (“Songs”, 2008), his works are published by Theatre of Voices Edition.

Sibel Paşaoglu


Born in Bulgaria, Sibel Paşaoglu began playing piano, wrighting lyrics and music for children songs (some of which later received local and national awards) at the age of eight. She studied Composition and Conducting with Nevit Kodallı, Muammer Sun, Turgay Erdener and Musicology/Ethnomusicology and Folklor with Ertugrul Bayraktarkatal and Suraya Agayeva at Hacettepe University Ankara State Conservatory. Graduated with first degree in 1996, she undertook some assignments at various international music, culture and education based projects at different countries as Bulgaria, Greece, Hungary, Russian Federation, Belgium and England.

As an academic staff of Trakya University, Dr. Paşaoglu proposed and established the Department of Musicology (B.A.) at State Conservatory as so as the Department of Balkan Music Cultures (M.A.) at Balkan Research Institute. Dr. Paşaoğlu continues her compositions, area researches, artistic and academic works at Akdeniz University, Faculty of Fine Arts, as a lecturer since 2013 and head of Music Department since 2017. Her last works mainly consentrate on some specific cross-cultural aspects of traditional music and folkloric textures, musical-cultural similarities common among ethnicities of Anatolia and Balkans.

She participates as a consultant of a TV programs at national channels like TRT, TRT-INT and TRT-Avaz, attends international symphosiums and congresses. Some of her published works are: “Dramma per Musica Or When They Say Opera…” (2009), “Magic Spinner”(2010), “From Palace to Exile: The Pathetic Story of Cem Sultan” (2011), “Farrewell: Living Behind Rumelia” (2012), “About Music And Ethno-Cultural ID”(2014), “The Role of Folk Songs in Formation of a Musical-Cultural ID: Samples from Turkey, Bulgaria and Hungary” (2016).