Salih Can Gevrek, piano
Salih Can Gevrek, born in Turkey, began piano lessons at the age of 5. He was accepted into the prestigious Bilkent University Faculty of Music and Drama Preparatory School in Ankara at the age of 7. He continued his studies at Bilkent University with Gulnara Aziz until 2011 when he was accepted into the Royal College of Music London. He recently completed his Artist Diploma at Royal College of Music with Dmitri Alexeev and he has been accepted to Queen Elizabeth Music Chapel as an `Artist in Residenece` with Louis Lortie.
His achievements in international competitions started from age 10 when he was awarded a prize in the Eskisehir Anadolu University International Young Pianists Competition. His success continued with 2nd Prize in the Lubomir Pipkov International Piano Competition in Bulgaria, laureate in the Moscow State Conservatory International Piano Competition, and 1st Prize in the Kamuran Gundemir Piano Competition. He was also awarded the ‘Selcuk-Kamuran Gundemir’ Special Prize and performance of Rachmaninov Piano Concerto No. 2 with the Presidential Symphony Orchestra.He recently won 1st prize in Gumusluk International Piano Competition.He recently has been awarded 3rd Prize and the Scriabin Prize at the Lyon International Piano Competition in France.
Salih has performed in masterclasses with renowned pianists including Dmitri Bashkirov, Boris Berezovsky, Menahem Pressler, Leonid Margarius, Lars Vogt, Louis Lortie, Edna Golandsky, Ozgur Aydin and Idil Biret.
As a soloist, he has performed with the (INSO) Lviv Philarmonia Orchestra,Bilkent Symphony Orchestra, Ankara Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Presidential Symphony Orchestra. He has also performed solo recitals in international music festivals, such as the Granada Music Festival in Spain, Antalya Piano Festival, Music Above the Park Music Festival in Madrid, ‘Three Choirs Festival’ Worcester ,Bosch Young Classical Musicians Festival, and the. His solo recital for the Ankara Music Festival 2011 were highly praised, and broadcast on live national radio in Spain and Turkey. Salih was recently announced as a ‘Talent Unlimited’ artist and has performed in celebrated venues such as Wigmore Hall, Cadogan Hall, St Martin-in-the-Fields, Steinway Hall, Steinway 160th Anniversary ‘Arabesque’ Launch, Amaryllis Fleming Hall at the Royal College of Music, St James Piccadilly, Elgar Room of Royal Albert Hall, Joseph Joachim Concert Hall and Queen Elizabeth Music Chapel Concert Hall.
As well as an already established solo pianist, Salih is an avid chamber musician. He frequently plays trios with other students from Royal College of Music. He won the 2012 Royal College of Music Chamber Music Competition. They regularly present recitals including Royal Albert Hall’s ‘Classical Coffee Morning Series’, the ‘London Music Chamber Series’, ‘Belle Shenkman Music Programme’ in the National Gallery and have performed in St James Piccadilly and Wigmore Hall. Recently, they were selected for masterclass with Menaham Pressler in Wigmore Hall and performed Beethoven’s Triple Concerto with the ‘Essex Young People’s Orchestra. Salih will be perfoming a solo recital at the prestigious Bridgewater Hall Manchester in the 2019/2020 season. From October 2019 he will be enrolling at the Barenboim-Said Academie in Berlin under the guidance of Sir Andras Schiff.