Turkish flutist Ayça Çetin who has performed throughout Turkey, United States, Kosovo, England, and Italy is acclaimed for her engaging performances and wide range of repertoire.
As an active soloist and a chamber musician she had the privilege of performing at several national and international festivals and conventions including the International Eskisehir Music Festival (Turkey, 2005), International Mersin Music Festival (Turkey, 2006 and 2009), The National Flute Association (Pittsburgh, US, 2006 – Las Vegas, NV, 2012 – Chicago, IL, 2014), Flute Sounds Festival (Kosovo, 2007), British Flute Society (Manchester, England, 2008), Falaut Festival (Italy, 2009), Chicago Flute Club (US, 2012), New York Flute Club (US, 2014), and Hot Springs Music Festival (Arkansas, US, 2014).
Besides performing extensively, Ayça was chosen as the winner of the National Flute Association Convention Performers Competition and recipient of the honorable mention award at the Nixon Woodwind Competition in 2012. She also won the National Flute Association Masterclass Performers Competition and was chosen as one of the six finalists at the New York Flute Club Competition in 2014. Very recently, she won the Boston Woodwind Society 2015 Doriot Dwyer Flute Merit Award Competition.
Miss Çetin has performed in masterclasses by Paula Robison, Maxence Larrieu, Marina Piccinini, Amy Porter, Gergely Ittzes, Bulent Evcil, Davide Formisano, Andrea Oliva, Caen Thomason Redus, Kathleen Rudolph, Tadeu Coelho, Raffaele Trevisani, Susan Hoeppner, John Heiss, Renee Siebert, Jeff Zook, Sibel Kumru Pensel, Jean Ferrandis, and participated masterclasses by Emmanuel Pahud, Alexa Still, Greg Pattillo, Robert Dick, Mats Möller, William Dowdall, Marco Granados, Gary Schocker, Trudy Kane, Elizabeth Rowe as a listener.
At the age of 15, she performed W. A. Mozart’s C Major Andante as soloist with the Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University State Conservatory Youth Orchestra. In addition, she performed C. Reinecke’s Flute Concerto with the Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University State Conservatory Symphony Orchestra at the Mandalina Festival in Bodrum, in 2010. She also performed the same concerto with the Central Michigan University Symphony Orchestra in 2012.
Ayça lately discovered her passion for new music and world music. She was very fortunate to work with Louis Andriessen, Gunther Schuller, and David Gillingham while in Boston and Michigan. Since 2012 she 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. 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 a variety of chamber groups, she performed with famous Greek singer Mario Frangoulis.
She got accepted to Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University State Conservatory in Istanbul, Turkey where she continued her studies under the direction of Vieri Bottazzini at the age of 13. In 2011, Ayça Çetin graduated from Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University State Conservatory with Bachelor of Music in Flute Performance with honors. Following her graduation, she was accepted to Central Michigan University with a full scholarship and teaching assistantship award to study with Joanna White. She completed her Master of Music in Flute Performance at CMU in 2013 and recently finished her Graduate Performance Diploma program at The Boston Conservatory under the guidance of Linda Toote. She is currently performing with Duo Esplanade and pursuing her Doctor of Musical Arts program at Florida State University as a teaching assistant of Eva Amsler.