Masis Aram Gozbek
Born in 1987, Istanbul. His band won the first prize in 2004 at the 'Battle of the Bands' competition by Radio Boğaziçi. His arrangement was awarded the third prize at KASDAV music competition among high schools in 2005. Between 2005 and 2007 he sang with the Turkish National Radio Youth Choir. In 2007, he took over as the conductor of BUMC Jazz Choir. His composition 'Dante’s Last Day' was performed at the 3rd Young Composers Festival. He composed and arranged several choral pieces, among which 'Alive' was awarded the 'World Championship' in the World Choir Championships in Graz, Austria and 'Alive II' earned a gold medal in the 7th World Choir Games in Cincinnati, USA.
He attended countless competitions, festivals and master classes in USA, Germany, Austria, China, Italy, Sweden, Latvia and Hungary. He studied conducting with Denes Szabo, Tõnu Kaljuste, Volker Hempfling, Johannes Prinz, Elisenda Carrasco i Ribot, Bernd Spitzbarth, Wim Van Herk, Welfhard Lauber, Michael Reif, Maria Tönnesmann, Sabine Horstmann, Patrik Andersson, Franz Jochum and composing with Par Lindgren, Richard Ayres, David Lang. He won several international prizes including two 'World Championship' awards and given numerous performances both in Turkey and abroad with Boğaziçi Jazz Choir. He led some workshops and performances with choirs abroad like the worldwide known ‘Dekoor Close Harmony’ and the Swiss Youth Choir who are the owners of several prestigious awards in the international choral scene.
In 2008, he dropped out of his mathematics major at Boğaziçi University and started studying composition at Yıldız Technical University, Music and Performing Arts Department. The following year, he was accepted by Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University State Conservatory, Department of Composition and Orchestral Conducting, where he continues his studies.
In 2013, he won Yıldız Technical University 'Rectorship Award' and 'The Most Successful Young Person' award at the Turkey finals of 19. TOYP (Ten Outstanding Young Persons). In 2014, he earned the 'Young Conductor Special Award' in the 35th International May Choir Competition 'Prof. Georgi Dimitrov'. Most recently, he was awarded 'the Music Entrepreneur of the Year' by the METU Young Entrepreneurs Society.
He is currently working with Sertab Erener, Nil Karaibrahimgil, Yasemin Mori, Ali Kocatepe. He is the founder and artistic director of Boğaziçi Jazz Choir and Boğaziçi Youth Choir. He is also working with the Acappella Group 34 Choir and Sainte Pulcherie French High School Choir as the artistic director. Also, he is leading workshops, seminars and performances about choral music with several schools and associations in different cities of Turkey.
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