Can Okan | Conductor & Pianist
Young and extraordinarily successful conductor Can Okan started to study orchestral conducting with Prof. Gürer Aykal. He performed his first concert as a conductor with the Borusan Istanbul Philharmonic Orchestra.
Mr. Okan who stands out with his visionary personality, musical talent, versatility and perfectionism, worked with the most competent names such as İdil Biret, Dmitri Alexeev, Emanuel Ax, Arnulf von Arnim, Nikolai Demidenko, Aydın Esen and Claudius Tanski. While Mr. Okan completed his master’s degree at Stockholm Royal College of Music in the Department of Conducting, he also studied with the world-renowned conductors such as Daniel Harding, Jan Risberg and B. Tommy Andersson and gave concerts with many orchestras in Sweden.
Since he returned to Turkey, he frequently conducts Bursa Regional State Symphony Orchestra, Cemal Reşit Rey Symphony Orchestra, Presidential Symphony Orchestra, Çukurova Symphony Orchestra, Istanbul and Izmir State Symphony Orchestra.
Drawing attention with his virtuosity in piano as well as his conducting skills, the successful artist Okan recorded all the Impromptus of Franz Schubert in his album “Schubert: Impromptus”.
Mr. Okan is also extremely competent in conducting operas as well as the most challenging symphonies. In 2017, he performed Igor Stravinsky’s “The Rake’s Progress” with Istanbul State Opera and Ballet as Turkish Premiere as well as Benjamin Britten’s opera “The Turn of the Screw” in June of the same year and Verdi’s opera “Falstaff” in April 2018. He made a rapid but solid rise in his career by directing “Die Zauberflöte” (Magic Flute) and “Rigoletto” operas within the scope of the “Oper im Berg” festival held in Salzburg.
Pianist and conductor Can Okan, who gave many concerts with the Antalya State Symphony Orchestra and Çukurova State Symphony Orchestras as a soloist. He completed his doctorate degree in piano with Metin Ülkü. In October of the same year, he directed the new production of Ankara State Opera and Ballet, “Aida”.
He currently teaches conducting at Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University and serves as the associate conductor in the Presidential Symphony Orchestra of Turkey. With his artistic perception, discipline, sharp intelligence and endless search for perfection, Can Okan is on his way to becoming a universal musician!
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