Zeynep Ayşe Hatipoğlu is a cello player and composer, based in Istanbul. As a composer and performer, she is interested in collaborating with musicians and artists from other disciplines, mostly involving in improvisation practices.
In 2019, she was a scholarship resident at the Field Kitchen Academy/Silence with the Consent of Sound in Gutshaus Wüsten Buchloz, Berlin. She has attended to the workshop with cellist Jeroen den Herder in Istanbul (2019), Cymin Samawatie (Improvised and Composition Structures, 2018), and One beat Istanbul Music Exchange program where she prepared the "Na-mu-te-na" Project in Istanbul, 2016. Her previous residence and masterclasses include the Visby Composers Center (Gotland, 2016), a masterclass with cellist Alexander Baillie at the 6th International Gümüşlük Classical Music Festival in Eklisia Summer Music School (Bodrum, 2009) and cellist Peter Bruns AIMA Ayvalik Masterclass with the International Academy of Music (Gümüşlük,2009).
Ayşe's writings have published such as 'Time and Temporality in Taksim' Hatipoğlu, Z.A. & Baysal O, and ‘Improvisation Concept in Contemporary Music Composed for Traditional Instruments in Turkey: Examples from a Classical Kemençe, Tanbur, Violoncello Trio’ Hatipoğlu Z.A & Salgar M.,
Her principal compositions include 'C atmosphere' (2019) for electronics, electric guitar, violoncello; 'On the Fly' (2018) for tanbur, kemençe, violoncello; 'Aksak Semai' (2016) for violoncello and tanbur; Abysmal Lake (Dipsiz Göl) for violoncello and piano (2014); 'Hayat' for string quartet (2012). Between 2012 and 2015, she joined the Chamber Music Orchestra of Bakirköy Municipality as a full-time cellist and was a member of the Hoca Nasreddin free improvisation ensemble between 2017 and 2020. Ensembles performed her compositions in various festivals, some of which were 'Journey of Sound' (Sesin Yolculuğu) Young Composer's Festival (2012, 2013, 2014, 2017) and 'A Corner In The World Performing Arts Festival' in 2017.
She studied music in the cello department at the State Conservatory of Istanbul University. Later she studied at the State Conservatory for Turkish Music at Istanbul Technical University (ITU TMDK), where she had graduated with double B.A. degrees from Cello Performance and Composition departments. During her studies, she studied cello performance with Cenk Öztürk, Gülyar Balcı, and composition with Oğuzhan Balcı in undergraduate; Theory of Turkish Music with Feridun Öney and History of Western Music Theory with Ozan Baysal in master's degree. Currently, she is a research assistant in the ITU TMDK Department of Composition and continuing her Ph.D. studies at the cello performance department at ITU Center for Advanced Studies in Music (MIAM). Ayşe is actively performing and composing with SAVT, Klank.ist ensembles and in the last years, she has been practicing musical time perception.
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