Hüseyin Sermet

Most impressive was Sermet’s delicacy and his remarkable ability to terrace his tone to elucidate textures.
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Hüseyin Sermet | Piano

Turkish pianist and composer Hüseyin Sermet’s forty-year career reflects his wide-ranging musical interests and intensely personal vision, encompassing a large and eclectic repertoire and pianistic versatility. He has performed all over the world with conductors such as Vladimir Jurowski, Semyon Bychkov, David Robertson, Lawrence Foster, Pablo Heras-Casado, Jonathan Nott, James Gaffigan and Hans Graf, and instrumentalists Maria João Pires, Gautier and Renaud Capuçon. He has worked with orchestras including the London Philharmonic and Royal Philharmonic, Orchestre de Paris, Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, Luzerner Sinfonieorchester, Bamberger Symphoniker, and NHK, Shanghai, Tokyo and Detroit symphony orchestras, amongst many others.

Recent performances have included concerts with Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia (Peter Inkinen), Trondheim Symfoniorkester and Tokyo Symphony Orchestra (both under Krzysztof Urbański), Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin (Sir Roger Norrington), Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra (Michel Plasson), Orquesta Sinfónica de Galicia (Sir Neville Marriner) and Orchestra Sinfonica Nazionale della Rai (Tito Ceccherini).

Sermet has given solo recitals at major series and venues worldwide, including London’s International Piano Series, Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival, Paris’ Cité de la Musique, Munich’s Cuvilliés-Theater, Lisbon’s Dias da Musica, Copenhagen’s Tivoli and the Oxford and Lille Piano festivals. Last season he made his recital debut at the National Centre for the Performing Arts in Beijing.

Equally active as a composer, Sermet’s first major composition Réminiscènce 1 was premiered at the Empéri Festival in 1997 and broadcast live by France Musique. A commission from Tokyo Symphony Orchestra, Dream and Nightmare, was premiered in 2004, and in 2006 there followed Sculptures 1, commissioned by İş Bank. Most recently, Réminiscènces II received its premiere in Istanbul in May 2012.

A devoted mentor of young talent and highly regarded for his many appearances in Japan, Sermet was filmed by NHK TV for a series of 15 televised masterclasses with young pianists broadcast throughout Japan.

Many of Hüseyin Sermet’s numerous recordings for Naïve, harmonia mundi and Erato have won major international prizes, including his disc of Ravel’s solo piano works, three discs devoted to Alkan (all winning a Diapason d’Or de l’Année), a selection of Schubert’s works for four hands with Maria João Pires and a recording of Liszt’s Piano Sonata and late works.

Hüseyin Sermet was born in Istanbul in 1955 and began his education at the Ankara State Conservatoire. He continued his studies at the Paris Conservatoire and later at the Ecole Normale de Musique de Paris Alfred Cortot with Thierry de Brunhoff, Nadia Boulanger and Maria Curcio. He also studied composition with Olivier Messiaen and received the Lili Boulanger Award for his early string quartet.


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