Flutist Ayça Çetin has performed in countries including Bulgaria, England, Italy, Kosovo, Turkey, and throughout the United States. Praised by Leone Buyse, former principal flutist of Boston Symphony Orchestra with “excellent intonation, fine timbral blend, impeccable articulation, brilliant technical command, and very personal musical language,” Ms. Çetin finds and continues her passion in performing, commissioning new music, and teaching. She is a founding member of Duo Esplanade (flute, clarinet) and Cosmos New Music (flute, clarinet, violin, cello, piano).
An avid soloist and chamber musician, she has made appearances at the national and international festivals and conventions including the International Eskisehir Music Festival, International Mersin Music Festival, The National Flute Association, Flute Sounds Festival, British Flute Society, Falaut Festival, Chicago Flute Club, New York Flute Club, and Hot Springs Music Festival. She made her solo debut at age 15 performing W. A. Mozart’s C Major Andante with the Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University State Conservatory Youth Orchestra. Ms. Çetin has also performed C. Reinecke’s Flute Concerto with the Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University State Conservatory Symphony Orchestra, and Central Michigan University Symphony Orchestra.
Shortly after coming to US for her graduate studies and with interest towards American culture, she has received several awards and prizes, among them: 2015 Boston Woodwind Society Doriot Dwyer Flute Merit Award Competition, 2012 NFA Convention Performers Competition, 2014 NFA Masterclass Performers Competition, and honorable mention award at the Nixon Woodwind Competition in 2012. She was also chosen as one of the finalists of 2015 New York Flute Club Competition and quarter finalists at 2014 NFA Young Artist Competition.
A strong advocate of contemporary and world music, she has worked with Louis Andriessen, Gunther Schuller, and David Gillingham, commissioned and premiered several solo and chamber works by Matthew Weaver, Evan Boegehold, Kevin Wilson, Nathan Brown, Yunus Gencer, Jarrett Goodchild, Mike Romaniak, Bryce Craig, and Clifton Ingram, among many. Taking part in the “Ruhnuvaz” concert series for four years, she recorded and released a Turkish music album with the founder of the Ruhnuvaz concert series Mehmet Refik Kaya and Celil Refik Kaya titled “Subh-u Seher” in 2011. In addition to playing Turkish and Eastern European music in various chamber groups, she was hand-selected to perform alongside virtuoso Greek singer Mario Frangoulis for his 2014 concert tour.
Ms. Çetin has held residencies and given master classes at institutions, concert halls, and other venues. Her recent workshop on new music and improvisation at Carnegie Hall at Resnick Education Wing was one of the highlights in Duo Esplanade’s season 16-17. Along with the ensemble she was broadcasted live on Florida’s WFSQ 91.5-FM. California, Florida, New York, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minneapolis, and Ohio are some of the states she toured as part of the Duo.
Presently she is a Graduate Teaching Assistant and Doctoral candidate at the Florida State University with Eva Amsler as her mentor. A native of Istanbul, Turkey, Ms. Çetin is a graduate of the Boston Conservatory at Berklee, Central Michigan University, and Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University State Conservatory in Istanbul. She is a member of the National Flute Association, Florida Flute Association, College Music Society, and Ocala Symphony Orchestra.