New Notes for Emine Bostanci


Submission period

Thu Feb 1 at 05AM UTC

End of submission period

Thu Feb 22 at 10:59PM UTC

Results date

Fri Mar 1 at 05PM UTC


For composers between 10 and 35 years old who live or study in the Netherlands
Are you a composer between 10 and 35 years old? Do you live or study in the Netherlands? Would you like your music to be performed at Grachtenfestival, Gaudeamus Festival and November Music? And are you interested in writing for pieces which do not have a lot of repertoire written for them yet? Send us your sketch for a new piece for kemenche and lyra player Emine Bostancı!

Emine Bostancı has a passion for string instruments and vocal performance. Growing up in Istanbul, she began her musical journey with the kemenche of Istanbul—a type of traditional string instrument that exists in various forms across East Mediterranean countries. Later in life, she furthered her studies, exploring the Cretan lyra with sympathetic strings under the guidance of Ross Daly. Today, she maintains an academic career, conducting research at the University of Amsterdam.

Emine’s artistic vision revolves around fostering a dialogue between diverse modal and tonal languages, as well as rhythmic dialects. She seeks to intertwine Ottoman-Turkish makam and taksim with the age-old melodic responses from the Silk Road, engaging in a profound conversation with contemporary classical music. Emine aims to collaborate with composers who possess the ability to stretch the boundaries of these instruments while still preserving their lyrical texture and ancient heritage.

You can choose to write for either the kemenche of Istanbul or the Cretan Lyra. Additionally, you could use electronics. Ultimately, three pieces will be performed in a concert at Grachtenfestival, Gaudeamus and November Music, also featuring cellist and singer Maya Fridman.

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