NEVA ÖZGEN

Kemençe player

Neva Özgen, was born in 1977. A graduate of ITU Turkish Music State Conservatory, she completed her masters and PhD at the ITU Conservatory as well.  She performs as a soloist with Anatolia Ensemble, Montreal Tribal Trio, Atlas Ensemble, Netherlands Blazers Ensemble, En Chordais, /Elect.Voices, Constantinople, Ensemble Variances, Hezarfen Ensemble, and with Shujaat Hussain Khan, Deepak Ram, Peter Murphy, Mich Geber, Jean-Guihen Queyras, Kudsi Erguner, Frangiz Ali-Zade, Javanshir Guliev, Theo Loevendi, Joel Bons, Michael Ellison and Kamran Ince, amongst others. Since 2009 she has given lectures on Turkish Maqam Music at the Amsterdam Conservatory as part of the Atlas Academy,  introducing kemençe to composers, performing their works and helping them to write new music for the instrument. In 2010 Ozgen also gave lectures about Turkish Maqam Music and kemençe at UC Santa Cruz. Legacy, released in September 2001 by Golden Horn Records, is Özgen's debut album. Her latest album, “Passage”. was released in 2016 with Constantinople Ensemble. Neva is currently Associate Professor at Istanbul Technical University Conservatory.