Biography

One of the sought after musicians of his generation, Turkish-American conductor, historical keyboard player and pianist Tolga Atalay ÜN was born in 1995. Playing as a soloist with the Ankara Youth Symphony Orchestra, as well as conducting them from the keyboard in the opening concert of 33rd International Ankara Music Festival in April 2016 won him a great recognition amongst the musical authorities. In March 2019, he played the piano in the concert organised for the annual President’s Visit from His Majesty King Charles III to the Royal College of Music in London. In February 2022, he conducted the Presidential Symphony Orchestra in Turkey from the harpsichord, in his first concert with them, and became one of the youngest conductors to do so. In his career starting right after that, he performed as a conductor, harpsichordist and pianist with L’Orchestra Roma Sinfonietta, Bilkent Symphony Orchestra, CRR Symphony Orchestra, Olten Philharmonic Orchestra, Ankara State Opera and Ballet Orchestra, Istanbul State Opera and Ballet Orchestra, Antalya State Opera and Ballet Orchestra, Mersin State Opera and Ballet Orchestra, Izmir State Symphony Orchestra, Bursa Regional State Symphony Orchestra, TRNC Presidential Symphony Orchestra, Orkestra Akademik Başkent and Karşıyaka Municipality Chamber Orchestra. During his student years, he had conducted Ankara Youth Symphony Orchestra, Bodrum Chamber Orchestra, Hacettepe Youth Symphony Orchestra and Hitit Philharmonic Orchestra (a volunteer orchestra that he formed with his friends). Hitit Philharmonic Orchestra’s first performance was at the annual celebrations for the foundation of Ankara State Conservatory, in which he also conducted his own orchestral work which he composed for the orchestra. His recent prizes and medals include the ‘Service in Profession Award’ for 2022-2023 by Ankara Beysukent Rotary Club, the 2021 ‘Mills Williams Medal’ at the RCM, the ‘Beethoven Medal’ from the Worshipful Company of Musicians as a result of winning the First Prize and the ‘Thomas Harris Beethoven Award’ at the Beethoven Piano Society of Europe’s 2017 Senior Intercollegiate Piano Competition; the First Prize, as well as the Prize for the Best Performance of A.A. Saygun and the Audience Prize at the 4th Ahmed Adnan Saygun Piano Competition in Turkey, 2017; the First Prize at the Kendall Taylor Beethoven Competition at the RCM in 2017, the Second Prize at the Broadwood Horniman Harpsichord Competition in November 2015, the ‘Jury’s Special Award’ at “The National Chopin Piano Competition” in 2010, which was organized jointly by Başkent University and Bahçelievler Rotary Club in Ankara, Turkey under the auspices of the Polish Embassy, to commemorate Chopin’s 200th birthday and the ‘Honourable Mention Prize’ at the Fourth International Istanbul Pera Piano Competition in 2009.

He played numerous concerts in many different countries, such as Turkey, United Kingdom, Germany, Austria, Italy, the Netherlands, the Czech Republic, Greece and Romania; and in prestigious concert halls such as Roma Auditorium Parco Della Musica, London Royal Festival Hall, Royal Albert Hall’s Elgar Room, Cadogan Hall, St. Martin-in-the-Fields, St. James’s Piccadilly, Drapers’ Hall, Steinway Hall London, Regent Hall, Handel House London, St. Mary’s Perivale London, RCM Amaryllis Fleming Concert Hall, Embassy of Turkey in London, London Abbey Road Studios, London Conway Hall, Salzburg Mozarteum, Bayerische Musikakademie Marktoberdorf, CSO Ada Ankara, Izmir Ahmed Adnan Saygun Cultural Centre, Istanbul Atatürk Cultural Centre, Boğaziçi University Albert Long Hall, Istanbul CRR Concert Hall, Istanbul Iş Sanat Towers, German Consulate General in Istanbul, Istanbul Arter Museum, Istanbul Notre Dame de Sion High School, Embassy of France in Ankara, Ankara MEB Şura Concert Hall, Bilkent Concert Hall, Antalya Cultural Centre, Aspendos Ancient Theatre and Mersin State Opera and Ballet.

He studied piano with Sibel Özgün, Prof. Norma Fisher and Prof. Niel Immelman; Historical Performance and Historical Keyboard Instruments with Prof. Terence Charlston and Prof. Robert Woolley and conducting with Orhun Orhon, İbrahim Yazıcı, Burak Tüzün, Peter Stark, Howard Williams, and Lior Shambadal, first at the Hacettepe University Ankara State Conservatory, from where he graduated with the “Top of the School Award”; and then at the Royal College of Music London, where he received his Bachelor of Music (Honours) with First Class, Master of Performance (MPerf) with Distinction and Artist Diploma. During his studies in London he obtained the titles ‘Mills Williams Junior Fellow’, ‘C. Bechstein Scholar supported by a Christopher Hogwood Scholarship’ and ‘Kenneth and Violet Scott Scholar’ at the RCM. He was also generously supported by Sevda-Cenap And Music Foundation and Talent Unlimited for his studies in London. From 2016 to 2021, he was a scholar in the ‘Young Musicians on World Stages’ (YMWS) system created and mentored by Güher & Süher Pekinel with financial support of TÜPRAŞ. He took lessons on Modern Music History and Contemporary Music Techniques given by a famous Turkish composer İlhan Baran in 2009-2013. In 2004, he was accepted as a member to the Polyphonic Children’s Choir of the Turkish Ministry of Culture and Tourism, conducted by Ahter Destan and Atilla Çağdaş Değer. During 2004-2009, he participated in many concerts and tours as a choir member and accompanist, including a concert tour in the Czech Republic with The Prague Bonifantes Boys’ Choir, singing in Tchaikovsky’s ‘The Nutcracker’ and being one of the three chorists in the opening concert of Samsun Opera. In 2007, he was offered a place to start his professional studies at the Hacettepe University Ankara State Conservatory. During his seven-year conservatory education there he gave many concerts, premiered many pieces and made many radio recordings (including recordings with TRT, the Turkish Radio and Television Corporation) as a pianist, conductor, chamber musician, accompanist and chorist. Having taught at Ankara Music and Fine Arts University for a term starting from October 2021, Ün still continues his professional work as a conductor, pianist and harpsichordist, and as of 2022, he started working as a conductor at the Ankara State Opera and Ballet.

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Concerts

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30-31 May 2024 Thursday-Friday

KKTC Presidential Symphony Orchestra

Kıbrıs, KKTC


18 May 2024 Saturday

Istanbul State Opera and Ballet Orchestra
G. Verdi - Falstaff

Istanbul Atatürk Kültür Merkezi


17 May 2024 Friday

Presidential Symphony Orchestra

CSO Main Hall, Ankara, Türkiye


15 May 2024 Wednesday

Istanbul State Opera and Ballet Orchestra
G. Verdi - Falstaff

Istanbul Atatürk Kültür Merkezi


11 May 2024 Saturday

Istanbul State Opera and Ballet Orchestra
G. Verdi - Falstaff

Istanbul Atatürk Kültür Merkezi


8 May 2024 Wednesday

Istanbul State Opera and Ballet Orchestra
G. Verdi - Falstaff

Istanbul Atatürk Kültür Merkezi


4 May 2024 Saturday

Bilkent Symphony Orchestra

Bilkent Concert Hall, Ankara - poster:


29 April 2024 Monday

Istanbul State Opera and Ballet Orchestra
C. Orff - Carmina Burana

Istanbul Atatürk Kültür Merkezi


27 April 2024 Saturday

Istanbul State Opera and Ballet Orchestra
C. Orff - Carmina Burana

Istanbul Atatürk Kültür Merkezi


4 April 2024 Thursday

Ankara State Opera and Ballet Orchestra
L. Minkus - La Bayadère Ballet

Ankara State Opera and Ballet - poster:


28 March 2024 Thursday

Ankara State Opera and Ballet Orchestra
L. Minkus - La Bayadère Ballet

Ankara State Opera and Ballet - poster:


21 March 2024 Thursday

Ankara State Opera and Ballet Orchestra
L. Minkus - La Bayadère Ballet

Ankara State Opera and Ballet - poster:


15 March 2024 Friday

Çukurova State Symphony Orchestra

Adana, Türkiye


9 March 2024 Saturday

Bilkent Symphony Orchestra

Bilkent Concert Hall, Ankara - poster:


7 March 2024 Thursday

Ankara State Opera and Ballet Orchestra
L. Minkus - La Bayadère Ballet

Ankara State Opera and Ballet - poster:


4 March 2024 Monday

Recital with Yusuf Çelik (Cello)

CSO Mavi Salon, Ankara, Türkiye


2 March 2024 Saturday

Ankara State Opera and Ballet Orchestra
L. Minkus - La Bayadère Ballet

Ankara State Opera and Ballet - poster:


29 February 2024 Thursday

Ankara State Opera and Ballet Orchestra
L. Minkus - La Bayadère Ballet

Ankara State Opera and Ballet - poster:


26 February 2024 Monday

Ankara State Opera and Ballet Orchestra
G. Puccini - Tosca

Ankara State Opera and Ballet - poster:


22 February 2024 Thursday

Ankara State Opera and Ballet Orchestra
L. Minkus - La Bayadère Ballet

Ankara State Opera and Ballet - poster:


10 February 2024 Saturday

Ankara State Opera and Ballet Orchestra
L. Minkus - La Bayadère Ballet

Ankara State Opera and Ballet - poster:


8 February 2024 Thursday

Ankara State Opera and Ballet Orchestra
L. Minkus - La Bayadère Ballet

Ankara State Opera and Ballet - poster:


7 February 2024 Wednesday

Ankara State Opera and Ballet Orchestra
G. Puccini - Tosca

Ankara State Opera and Ballet - poster:


3 February 2024 Saturday

Ankara State Opera and Ballet Orchestra
L. Minkus - La Bayadère Ballet

Ankara State Opera and Ballet - poster:


2 February 2024 Friday

Presidential Symphony Orchestra

CSO Main Hall, Ankara, Türkiye - poster:


26 January 2024 Friday

Antalya State Symphony Orchestra

Antalya, Türkiye


4 January 2024 Thursday

Bursa Regional State Symphony Orchestra, Soloist: Bülent Yazıcı (Mandolin)

Bursa Atatürk Kongre ve Kültür Merkezi, Bursa, Türkiye


27 December 2023 Wednesday

Ankara State Opera and Ballet Orchestra

G. Verdi - Un ballo in maschera
Ankara State Opera and Ballet - poster:


14-15 December 2023 Thursday-Friday

KKTC Presidential Symphony Orchestra

Kıbrıs, KKTC


11 December 2023 Monday

Ankara State Opera and Ballet Orchestra

G. Verdi - Un ballo in maschera
Ankara State Opera and Ballet - poster:


9 December 2023 Saturday

Bilkent Symphony Orchestra

Bilkent Concert Hall, Ankara - poster:


5 December 2023 Tuesday

CRR Symphony Orchestra

CRR Concert Hall, Istanbul - poster:


27 November 2023 Monday

Ankara State Opera and Ballet Orchestra

G. Verdi - Un ballo in maschera
Ankara State Opera and Ballet - poster:


24 November 2023 Friday

Izmir State Symphony Orchestra

Ahmed Adnan Saygun Sanat Merkezi, Izmir, Türkiye - poster:


18 November 2023 Saturday

Mersin State Opera and Ballet Orchestra
30th Anniversary Concert

Mersin State Opera and Ballet, Mersin


15 November 2023 Wednesday

Olten Philharmonic Orchestra

Ahmed Adnan Saygun Sanat Merkezi, Izmir, Türkiye - poster:


10 November 2023 Friday

Izmir State Symphony Orchestra

Ahmed Adnan Saygun Sanat Merkezi, Izmir, Türkiye - poster:


2 November 2023 Thursday

İşSanat Opening Concert with Murat Karahan and Presidential Symphony Orchestra (CSO)

Istanbul, Türkiye


25 October 2023 Wednesday

Ankara State Opera and Ballet Orchestra

G. Verdi - Un ballo in maschera
Ankara State Opera and Ballet


21 October 2023 Saturday

Ankara State Opera and Ballet Orchestra

G. Verdi - Un ballo in maschera
Ankara State Opera and Ballet


7 October 2023 Saturday

Ankara State Opera and Ballet Orchestra

G. Puccini - Tosca
Ankara State Opera and Ballet


3 October 2023 Tuesday

Concert for the Centenary of the Republic of Türkiye

L’Orchestra Roma Sinfonietta
Auditorium Parco Della Musica Roma / Sala Giuseppe Sinopoli - poster:


27 September 2023 Wednesday

Ankara State Opera and Ballet Orchestra

G.Puccini - Tosca
Ankara State Opera and Ballet - poster:


23 September 2023 Saturday

Mersin International Music Festival Orchestra, Soloist: Soyoung Yoon (Violin)

Mezitli Amfi Tiyatrosu, Mersin, Türkiye - poster:


21 September 2023 Thursday

30th International Aspendos Opera and Ballet Festival Gala Concert
Antalya State Opera and Ballet Orchestra

Aspendos Ancient Theatre - poster:


7 June 2023 Wednesday

Season Closing Concert with Ankara State Opera and Ballet Orchestra

Ankara State Opera and Ballet - poster:


31 May 2023 Wednesday

Istanbul State Opera and Ballet Orchestra G. Verdi - Falstaff

Istanbul Atatürk Kültür Merkezi - poster:


27 May 2023 Saturday

Istanbul State Opera and Ballet Orchestra G. Verdi - Falstaff

Istanbul Atatürk Kültür Merkezi - poster:


24 May 2023 Wednesday

Ankara State Opera and Ballet Orchestra

G. Verdi - Un ballo in maschera

Ankara State Opera and Ballet - poster:


20 May 2023 Saturday

Concert with Serhan Bali

CSO Mavi Salon - poster:


19 May 2023 Friday

Ankara State Opera and Ballet Orchestra

Symphonic Concert

Ankara State Opera and Ballet - poster:


18 May 2023 Thursday

Ankara State Opera and Ballet Orchestra

L. Minkus - Don Quixote Ballet

Ankara State Opera and Ballet - poster:


13 May 2023 Saturday

Istanbul State Opera and Ballet Orchestra G. Verdi - Falstaff

Istanbul Atatürk Kültür Merkezi - poster:


3 May 2023 Wednesday

Istanbul State Opera and Ballet Orchestra

Special Concert with Murat Karahan

Istanbul Atatürk Kültür Merkezi Tiyatro Salonu


19 April 2023 Wednesday

Ankara State Opera and Ballet Orchestra G. Puccini - Tosca

Ankara State Opera and Ballet


11 April 2023 Tuesday

Concert with Serhan Bali

Mozarthaus Ankara - poster:


3 April 2023 Monday

Ankara State Opera and Ballet Orchestra - G. Verdi - Un ballo in maschera

Ankara State Opera and Ballet - poster:


20 March 2023 Monday

Ankara State Opera and Ballet Orchestra - G.Verdi - Un ballo in maschera

Ankara State Opera and Ballet - poster:


17 March 2023 Friday

Schubertiade with Serhan Bali

Mozarthaus Ankara - poster:


27 January 2023 Friday

Izmir State Symphony Orchestra, Soloist: Bruno De Sa

Ahmed Adnan Saygun Sanat Merkezi - poster:


17 January 2023 Tuesday

Orkestra Akademik Başkent, Soloist: Cem Çeliksırt (Guitar)

CSO Ada Mavi Salon - poster:


9 January 2023 Monday

Karşıyaka Municipality Chamber Orchestra (KODA)

Hikmet Şimşek Sanat Merkezi, İzmir - poster:


2 December 2022 Friday

Izmir State Symphony Orchestra, Soloist: Gülsin Onay

Ahmed Adnan Saygun Sanat Merkezi - poster:


Friday, 4th November 2022

Izmir State Symphony Orchestra, Soloist: Özgür Aydın

Venue: Ahmed Adnan Saygun Sanat Merkezi (AASSM) - poster:


2 October 2022 Sunday, 11am

Recital with Maria Gilicel

Royal Albert Hall, Elgar Room, London


17 August 2022 Wednesday

AIMA Nükleus Trio Concert

Ayvalık Taksiyarhis Kilisesi Anıt Müzesi


7 April 2022 Thursday, 8pm

Orkestra Akademik Başkent
Conductor: Tolga Atalay Ün
Soloist: İlayda Deniz Oğuz (Piano)

CSO Main Hall - Tickets: biletinial - poster:


24 February 2022

Bursa Regional State Symphony Orchestra

Bursa Atatürk Kongre ve Kültür Merkezi - poster:


18 February 2022

Izmir State Symphony Orchestra

Ahmed Adnan Saygun Sanat Merkezi - poster:


04 February 2022

Presidential Symphony Orchestra

CSO Main Hall - poster:


07 November 2021

Recital with Maria Gilicel

Bilthoven / the Netherlands


30 July 2021

Piano Recital for BPSE

Regent Hall London


09 July 2021

Russian Embassy London


12 June 2021

Tilford Bach Festival


02 May 2021

Keyboard Festival

RCM London


21 April 2021

'Reviving the Kapellmeister'

RCM London


17 November 2020

'Reviving the Kapellmeister'

RCM London


30 March 2020, 1pm

Recital with Violinist Maria Gilicel

St. Martin in the Fields, London - info:


26 March 2020

Recital with Violinist Maria Gilicel

Lake District Festival


22 March 2020

Keyboard Festival

RCM London, Four-Hands


28 February 2020

Young Musicians on World Stages Chamber Music Concert with Veriko Tchumburidze - Violin and Umut Sağlam - Cello

Arter Contemporary Art Museum, Istanbul


27 February 2020

Young Musicians on World Stages Chamber Music Concert with Veriko Tchumburidze - Violin and Umut Sağlam - Cello

German Consulate General, Istanbul


26 February 2020

Young Musicians on World Stages Chamber Music Concert with Veriko Tchumburidze - Violin and Umut Sağlam - Cello

Boğaziçi University Albert Long Hall, Istanbul


12 February 2020, 1.10 pm

Solo Recital at the

Steinway Hall, London


18 December 2019, 1 pm

Recital with the Violist Ana Dunne-Sequi for Talent Unlimited

St James’s Piccadilly


15 December 2019, 5.30 pm

Recital with the Cellist Tamaki Sugimoto

Conway Hall, London


6 December 2019

Young Musicians on World Stages Chamber Music Concert with Veriko Tchumburidze - Violin, Olgu Kızılay - Violin, Umut Sağlam - Cello, Barok Bostancı - Viola and Tolga Atalay Ün - Piano

Ankara MEB Şura Concert Hall, Turkey


4 December 2019

Young Musicians on World Stages Chamber Music Concert with Veriko Tchumburidze - Violin, Olgu Kızılay - Violin, Umut Sağlam - Cello, Barok Bostancı - Viola and Tolga Atalay Ün - Piano

Embassy of France, Ankara, Turkey


28 November 2019

Young Musicians on World Stages Chamber Music Concert with Veriko Tchumburidze - Violin, Olgu Kızılay - Violin, Umut Sağlam - Cello, Barok Bostancı – Viola, Seçil İrem Keskin - Doublebass and Tolga Atalay Ün - Piano

Arter Contemporary Art Museum, Istanbul


9 November 2019, 1 pm

Recital with Maria Gilicel

Croydon, CR9 7AT


19 October 2019, 7.30 pm

Recital with Maria Gilicel

Colyton, EX24 6LJ


9 October 2019, 1 pm

Recital with Maria Gilicel for Talent Unlimited

St. James’s Piccadilly, London


27 September 2019, 7.30 pm

Recital with Maria Gilicel

Music in the Castle, Powderham Castle, EX6 8JQ


25 September 2019, 8.15 pm

Recital with the Violinist Maria Gilicel

West End Centre, 48 Queens Road, Aldershot, GU11 3JD


10 February 2019, 6.30 - 7.30 pm

Norwich Chapel Concerts

The Chapel, 64 Park Lane, Norwich NR2 3EF - info:


4 December 2018, 7-9 pm

Tchaikovsky’s Seasons at Pushkin House

5A Bloomsbury Square, London WC1A 2TA - info:


16 November 2018, 1.10 pm

Solo Lunchtime Recital at Croydon Minster Church

Church St, Croydon CR0 1RN - info:


12 November 2018

Lunchtime Recital

Austrian Cultural Forum London- info:


30 October 2018

BPSE Prize Winners’ Concert

St. Martin in the Fields, London - info:


25 October 2018

Young Musicians on World Stages Concert

Koç University, Istanbul


24 October 2018

Young Musicians on World Stages Concert

Boğaziçi University Albert Long Hall, Istanbul


7 October 2018

Stonevale Concert Series


Videos

  • BRUNO DE SA - Roma Travestita / İzmir Devlet Senfoni Orkestrası
  • Gülsin Onay - Mozart Piano Concerto No.20 K466
  • J. Haydn - Symphony No.64 in A Major 'Tempora Mutantur' (Tolga Atalay Ün, IZDSO)
  • J.S. Bach - Triple Concerto in A minor, BWV1044 (Stone, Del Mar, Ün)
  • In Focus: The Kennedy-Mietke Harpsichord - Tolga Atalay Ün
  • Round Midnight - T. Monk / O. Peterson - Tolga Atalay Ün
  • W.A. Mozart - Piano Concerto No.21 in C Major, K.467, Third Movement - Tolga Atalay Ün
  • Ludwig van Beethoven - Symphony No.1 in C Major, Op.21 - Conductor: Tolga Atalay Ün
  • J.S. Bach - Toccata in E Minor -Tolga Atalay Ün (Harpsichord)
  • Johannes Brahms, Piano Sonata No.1 in C Major, Op.1 - Tolga Atalay Ün