Flautist BÜLENT EVCIL
Bülent Evcil was born in Istanbul in 1968. He started his flute training under the tuition of Prof. Mükerrem Berk at the State Conservatoire of Mimar Sinan University and graduated there from with the highest distinction in 1988. In the same year, he continued his studies at the Royal Brussels Conservatoire under the tuition of Marc Grauwels with a scholarship from the Istanbul Philharmonic Foundation. He graduated in 1992 with the Diplome Superieur avec Grand Distinction for flute, winning the Premiere Prix for chamber music as well. He continued his studies at the Heidelberg-Mannheim Music Academy under the tuition of Jean-Michel Tanguy and obtained the Artistic Education (Künstlerische Ausbildung) degree with the highest distinction (score=1) in 1996.
Bülent Evcil then won prizes and awards in various competitions among which were the second prizes in Turkey’s National Wind Instrument Competition, the Wolfgang Hoffmann Wind Instrument Competition and in Best overall Performer Award at the fourth James Galway International Flute Seminar in Dublin, later giving him — from 1992 onwards — the possibility of being Sir James Galway’s student. This world-famous flute virtuoso acclaimed Evcil as one of the best flautists of his generation.
Evcil performed many concerts with various groups, such as the Kurpfalzische Chamber Orchestra, the Istanbul State Symphony Orchestra, the Istanbul Borusan Philharmonic Orchestra, the Antalya State Symphony Orchestra, the Philharmonic Lemberg Chamber Orchestra, the Cukurova State Symphony Orchestra, the Istanbul CRR Symphony Orchestra, the Toulon Symphony Orchestra, the Camerata Leonis Chamber Orchestra, the Carmina Quartett, and the Frankfurt Quartett. With these orchestras and ensembles, he performed in Austria, Belgium, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Poland, Switzerland, Turkey, the United States of America and Ukraine, and took part in music festivals in Bayreuth, Istanbul, Krakow and Lemberg. He played in Vienna with the Imperial Concerts Soloist Kapelle from 1996 to 2006.
In 1998, he was appointed to the Istanbul State Opera and Ballet Orchestra and also to the Istanbul Borusan Philharmonic Orchestra as solo flautist, with which he still pursues his career as soloist. He teaches at Istanbul Technical University (MIAM). In 2003, he was appointed principal flute to Istanbul State Symphony Orchestra. He was invited to give master classes in Turkey and in the USA, at the Texas Tech University, at Lubbock and University of Texas at El Paso. In May 2004, he was appointed to play as solo flute in the Arturo Toscanini Philharmonic Orchestra (Italy) under Lorin Maazel and went on a European tour with the same orchestra. This success led to concerts with other international orchestras as solo flute. As principal flute, he made several recordings and concerts with Sao Paulo State Symphony Orchestra (Brazil) and toured Asia with the Italian International Symphony Orchestra.
In 2004, he premiered J. Rodrigos Concierto Pastoral in Turkey’s leading Orchestras. This concerto is recognized by experts to be the most difficult flute concerto of all time. Sir James Galway wrote the programme notes specially for him for those events. In 2005 he was invited to play two recitals at the 33rd annual National Flute Convention in San Diego, California. He has recorded a CD with Camerata Leonis in Switzerland and is winner of the Royal Belgium Encouragement Medal of Art.
In 2006, Evcil held his first international master class — with Maestro Raffaele Trevisani in Premeno, Italy. He played recitals at the Italian International Flute Festival (Falaut) in Milano, at the British Flute Society Festival in Manchester, England.