Zeynep Ayşe Hatipoğlu is a cellist, composer and improviser based in Istanbul. Her works include acoustic and electroacoustic compositions for solos or ensembles and collective compositions with improvisatory elements.

She performs in different types of events, whether it’s a solo concert or an ensemble stylistically, from Eurogenetic classical music to contemporary music, Turkish Makam music, or experimental music, including solo and collaborative improvisations. In addition to working with artists from multiple disciplines, her current works include sound design and installations, as well as co-creative “playing” opportunities for composers and performers.

She studied at the Conservatory of Istanbul University and the State Conservatory for Turkish Music at the Istanbul Technical University (ITU TMDK) as a cellist and composer in Eurogenetic classical music and Turkish makam music. After graduating from Music Theory and Composition, she concentrated her practice on composer-performer practices, which are mainly involved in improvisation. She had participated in residencies and workshops, including Field Kitchen Academy Silence with the Consent of Sound in Berlin 2019, One beat Istanbul in 2016.

She is currently a research and teaching assistant in the ITU TMDK Department of Composition and continues her Ph.D. in cello performance at the ITU Center for Advanced Studies in Music (MIAM). Ayşe is an active member of the improvisation trio SAVT, Klank.ist ensemble, and HEYA Sound Project.

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