18th Annual Boston Turkish Film Festival | March 21 - April 28 2019

- Concert-



Pianist AyşeDeniz Gökçin comes  to Boston  for a performance of
Beethoven, rock covers and original compositions.

AyseDeniz Gokcin

AyşeDeniz Gökçin is a celebrated pianist, composer and arranger known for her inventive synthesizing of classical and rock music.

A child prodigy in her native Turkey, AyşeDeniz made her concerto debut aged just nine and went on to  trained at Eastman School of Music in Rochester and  London's Royal Academy of Music for her Masters Degree.

She has performed at prestigious venues worldwide and received widespread recognition after her Pink Floyd Classical Concept album went viral.

She will be performing some of Beethoven's most-loved sonatas, like  Tempest and Pathetique.  In keeping with her versatile repertoire, she will also perform a number of newly arranged rock covers, as well as some of her own compositions, including ‘Earth Prelude’ inspired by the issue of plastic pollution. 

PROGRAM - Beethoven to Rock

In the End - Linkin Park

Clocks - Coldplay

Watches - AyşeDeniz

Pathetique Sonata Mvt. 1 & 3 - Beethoven

Nocturne in C# Minor - Chopin

Pure Piano Suite - AyşeDeniz:
1) Novus
2) Su
3) Sky
4) Magnolia
5) Valse

Lala Land / Metallica Mashup

High Hopes

-- Intermission --

Shine On You Crazy Diamond - Pink Floyd

Çanakkale Folk Song

Tempest Sonata, Mvt. 3 - Beethoven

Dream On - Aerosmith

Billie Jean - Michael Jackson

Libertango - Piazzolla

All arrangements by AyşeDeniz

AyseDeniz Gokcin

AyşeDeniz Gökçin was considered a child prodigy in her native Turkey and made her concerto debut when she was nine, with the Gordion Chamber Orchestra playing J.S. Bach’s Keyboard Concerto No. 5.

At 13, she had already performed as a soloist with various orchestras under conductors including İbrahim Yazıcı, Fahrettin Kerimov, Antonio Pirolli, Cem Mansur, Engin Sakpınar, Ertuğ Korkmaz, Rengim Gökmen, Vladimir Sirenko, and Kirill Karabits.

In 2011, She completed her Masters in Piano Performance at the Royal Academy of Music in London, under the tutelage of Christopher Elton. She received the Maud Hornsby Award, graduated with Merit and completed the LRAM Teaching Certificate. In 2009, she completed her Bachelors Degree at Eastman School of Music (Rochester NY) in the studio of Douglas Humpherys, where she received the Howard Hanson and Clements Scholarships as well as the John Celentano Excellence in Chamber Music Award.

AyseDeniz GokcinAs a young pianist, AyşeDeniz attended prestigious summer festivals including the Verbier Academy, Music Academy of the West, Aspen Music Festival and School, PianoTexas, Goslar Konzertarbeitswochen, Tel Hai, and Beijing International Music Festival, studying with renowned piano pedagogues such as Menahem Pressler, Jerome Lowenthal, Arie Vardi, Yoheved Kaplinsky, as well as Lang Lang. In middle school, Gokcin moved to Spain for half a year to study with the renowned Bach interpreter Rosalyn Tureck, becoming one of her last students.

Throughout her early career, AyşeDeniz has given concerts around the world including Cathedral of Christ The Savior Moscow (Russia); L’Eglise Verbier (Switzerland); Duke’s Hall, Steinway Hall, Kings Place London (UK); Bellapais Antique Monastery (Northern Cyprus); Central Park of Culture Open Air Hall, Lysenko Hall (Kiev, Ukraine); in USA’s PepsiCo Hall (TX), Kilbourn Hall (NY), Harris Hall (CO), Pacific Amphitheater (CA); Teatro Cine (BA, Argentina); Teatro Cine Gouveia, Teatro das Figuras Faro, Centro Cultural de Ãlhavo , Centro Cultural da Gafanha da Nazare (Portugal); Galleria d’Arte Moderna, San Fedele Milan, Teatro Dario Fo Venice, and St. Giorgio Cathedral Palermo (Italy); and in almost all of Turkey’s most important art centres, including Sureyya Opera House, Albert Long Hall, AkSanat, Borusan Music House, The Seed, CRR (Istanbul), State Opera House (Eskişehir) and MEB Şura (Ankara).

Upon hearing AyşeDeniz’s interpretation of Chopin Sonata No. 3, Nikolai Petrov personally invited her to perform in the Kremlin Palace (Moscow, Russia) “ a concert that was very well-received and marked somewhat of a mile stone.

AyseDeniz GokcinAnother mile stone was after three of her piano arrangements of Pink Floyd songs in the style of Franz Liszt went viral, AyşeDeniz attracted the attention of the progressive rock listeners, and was featured on Pink Floyd’s Official Facebook Page. Upon the requests of fans, she completed the "Pink Floyd Classical Concept” Album, which she performed in USA, Argentina, Ecuador, Bulgaria, Italy, Portugal, Turkey and Germany Recently, she performed as a soloist in Wavelength (USA 2013); Sofia Piano Extravaganza (Bulgaria 2013); Gouveia Art Rock (Portugal 2014); Piano City Milan & Palermo (Italy 2014, 2016, 2017); 31st International Ankara and 38th & 41st Istanbul International Classical Music (Turkey 2014-2015), and TanJazz (Morocco 2016) Festivals.

In 2014, her show won the Argentinian Association of Cable Television Music Award; in 2015 her new album Nirvana Project dedicated to Kurt Cobain was released and reached the UK Top 10 Classical Charts on iTunes; in 2016 she won the ‘Pianist of the Year’ Award in Turkey at Donizetti Classical Music Awards and in 2017 she made her debut at New York City’s iconic venue ‘Le Poisson Rouge’.

​She appeared on BBC News, Classic FM, Prog Rock Magazine, International Piano Magazine, Andante Magazine, MusicOff, Vogue, and continues to attract the attention of fans with her fresh, genre bending projects. Newspapers including France’s Le Figaro, Scotland’s The Herald, Austria’s and Germany’s Taz have all given her positive reviews.

​Her work as a composer and a pianist for Editta Braun Dance Company’s “Close Up” show toured Salzburg, Vienna, Linz and Edinburgh in 2015.

Her limited edition signed albums are on her online store, her digital tracks are on iTunes, and her original piano scores & arrangements are on Music Notes. You can follow AyşeDeniz on Facebook and watch her performances on YouTube.




New Date & Time:

7:00 pm

SUNDAY, APRIL 28, 2019
7:30 pm

Boston University
GSU Auditorium (2nd Floor)
775 Commonwealth Avenue
Boston, MA 02215

Due to unforeseen circumstances this concert has been rescheduled to Saturday, April 27, 2019, 7:00pm. If you already purchased a ticket, your ticket will still be honored. Otherwise, we'll reimburse your ticket. We apologize for any inconvenience and thank you for your understanding.

Online Tickets:
General Admission $15
Student $10

BU Students, Faculty & Staff:
Free with ID

Limited Seating
First Come First Served




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