Assistant Professor of Violin
Dr. Betul Soykan is Assistant Professor of Violin and serves as a member of the Fairmount Piano Quartet. Trained by the fine conservatories of Europe, Betul holds four degrees in Violin Performance and String Pedagogy.
DMA, Doctor of Musical Arts, University of Georgia
MM, Master of Music in Violin Performance, Hochschule der Künste Bern (Switzerland)
MEd, Master of String Pedagogy, Hochschule der Künste Bern (Switzerland)
BM, Bachelors of Music in Violin Performance, Bilkent University (Turkey)
After the completion of her undergraduate degree at the Bilkent University, she was admitted to the Hochschule der Künste Bern, with a full scholarship, a prestigious conservatory with an exceptional string department founded by Max Rostal. Soykan continued her studies with Ulrich Lehmann and later on with the world-renowned violinist and pedagogue Igor Ozim. In Bern, she completed a double Masters in Violin Performance and String Pedagogy. She received the special distinction award for her master recital and earned first prize in the Concerto Competition of Swiss, where she was chosen to perform Samuel Barber’s Violin Concerto with the Bern Symphony Orchestra. During her studies in Europe, she has taken active part in master classes and seminars with world-renowned musicians such as Vladimir Spivakov, Igor Ozim, Igor Oistrach, Victor Pikaizen, Trio di Trieste, Stanislav Apolin, Rudolf Baumgartner, and Siegfried Palm.
She has performed solo and chamber music recitals in many of the prestigious halls around the world, such as, Spivey Hall, Tonhalle Zurich, Concertgebouw, Grand Casino Symphony Hall Bern, Teatro dei Rozzi in Sienna, Italy. As an orchestra member, she has held positions with the Orlando Philharmonic, Walt Disney World Symphony Orchestra, Brevard Symphony, Atlanta Pops, Augusta Symphony, Savannah Philharmonic in the United States as well as the Werkstaatt Orchestra Zurich and Basel Sinfonietta in Switzerland. As a professor, she has served at University of Texas-RGV in
Brownsville, Texas, Clayton State University, Gordon College in the state of Georgia and
Hochschule der Künste Bern in Switzerland, where she has produced many great players throughout her teaching career. Additionally, she was the founder and CEO of the Atlanta Strings Conservatory, Inc., a non-profit institution, dedicated to promoting string education, primarily to underprivileged students thorugh the methods of European Conservatories.
Dr. Soykan has recorded three solo albums, the latest one will be released in January of 2018, Sonatas of Prokofiev and Ferguson, titled “War to Peace”. Her second CD album, the “Complete Sonatas of Joaquin Turina” was released in July 2015 by Centaur Records. Cesar Frank’s Sonata and other works by Swiss composers is available through Eroica Records. In this recording the Sonata by Melchior Ulrich is dedicated to her and was premiered in Switzerland in 1995.
Dr. Soykan completed her Doctor of Musical Arts at the University of Georgia with Dr. Michael Heald in 2015. Her dissertation document and Audio-CD recording was on the violin works of Spanish composer of Joaquin Turina.
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