Biography

Turkish-American pianist Tolga Atalay ÜN was born in 1995, in Ankara, Turkey. He is currently in his second year of postgraduate studies (MPerf) at the Royal College of Music, London, studying piano with Prof. Norma Fisher, where he is a ‘C. Bechstein Scholar supported by a Christopher Hogwood Scholarship’. He recently finished his undergraduate studies in Prof. Norma Fisher’s piano class at the RCM, where he was a ‘Kenneth and Violet Scott Scholar’ and he has been admitted to the degree of Bachelor of Music (Honours) with First Class. He also studied the harpsichord for two years with Prof. Terence Charlston and piano with Prof. Niel Immelman at the RCM. He was generously supported by Sevda-Cenap And Music Foundation and Talent Unlimited.

In September 2016, Tolga Atalay ÜN was selected as a scholar to the ‘Young Musicians on World Stages’ (YMWS) project created and mentored by Güher & Süher Pekinel with financial support of TÜPRAŞ.

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. On the 6th March 2019, he played in the concert organised for the annual President’s Visit from His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales to the RCM. His recent prizes include 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 and the Second Prize at the Broadwood Horniman Harpsichord Competition in November 2015. He played numerous concerts in many different countries, such as Turkey, United Kingdom, Germany, Austria, Italy, Greece and Romania; and in prestigious concert halls such as London Royal Festival Hall, Cadogan Hall, St.Martin-in-the-Fields, Drapers’ Hall, RCM Amaryllis Fleming Concert Hall, Salzburg Mozarteum, Bayerische Musikakademie Marktoberdorf, Boğaziçi University Albert Long Hall, Ankara MEB Şura Concert Hall, Bilkent Concert Hall, Antalya Cultural Centre and Mersin State Opera and Ballet. He participated in masterclasses given by renowned pianists and harpsichordists such as Ton Koopman, Janina Fialkowska, Rolf Plagge, Ian Jones, Gordon Fergus-Thompson, Andrew Zolinsky, and Daniel Shapiro. He also had conducting lessons given by Conductors Lior Shambadal, Peter Gülke, Orhun Orhon, İbrahim Yazıcı and Burak Tüzün. As a result of this, he conducted numerous concerts with orchestras including Hitit Philharmonic Orchestra (a volunteer orchestra that he formed with his friends), Hacettepe Youth Symphony Orchestra, Ankara Youth Symphony Orchestra and Bodrum Chamber Orchestra.

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. During 2004-2009, he participated in many concerts, tours and organisations as a choir member and accompanist. In 2007, he was offered a place to start his professional piano studies with Sibel Özgün at the Hacettepe University Ankara State Conservatory, where he was graduated with the “Top of the School Award” in 2014. During his seven-year conservatory education; he gave many concerts, premiered many pieces and made many radio recordings as a pianist, conductor, chamber musician and accompanist. He took lessons about Modern Music History and Contemporary Music Techniques given by a famous Turkish composer İlhan Baran in 2009-2013. In May 2009, he was awarded the “honourable mention” in the Fourth International Istanbul Pera Piano Competition and in 2010, the “Jury’s Special Award” in “The National Chopin Piano Competition”, 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. After winning this prize, he got an invitation to become one of the founder members of Bahçelievler Interact Club. As an Interact, he has had the opportunity of participating in various social activities.

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Concerts

Upcoming concerts

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


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


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


15 December 2019, 5.30 pm

Recital with the Cellist Tamaki Sugimoto

Conway Hall, London


18 December 2019, 1 pm

Recital with the Violist Ana Dunne-Sequi for Talent Unlimited

St James’s Piccadilly


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


27 February 2020

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

Arter Contemporary Art Museum, Istanbul


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7 October 2018

Stonevale Concert Series


24 October 2018

Young Musicians on World Stages Concert

Boğaziçi University Albert Long Hall, Istanbul


25 October 2018

Young Musicians on World Stages Concert

Koç University, Istanbul


30 October 2018

BPSE Prize Winners’ Concert

St. Martin in the Fields, London - info:


12 November 2018

Lunchtime Recital

Austrian Cultural Forum London- info:


16 November 2018, 1.10 pm

Solo Lunchtime Recital at Croydon Minster Church

Church St, Croydon CR0 1RN - info:


4 December 2018, 7-9 pm

Tchaikovsky’s Seasons at Pushkin House

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


10 February 2019, 6.30 - 7.30 pm

Norwich Chapel Concerts

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


25 September 2019, 8.15 pm

Recital with the Violinist Maria Gilicel

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


27 September 2019, 7.30 pm

Recital with Maria Gilicel

Music in the Castle, Powderham Castle, EX6 8JQ


9 October 2019, 1 pm

Recital with Maria Gilicel for Talent Unlimited

St. James’s Piccadilly, London


19 October 2019, 7.30 pm

Recital with Maria Gilicel

Colyton, EX24 6LJ


9 November 2019, 1 pm

Recital with Maria Gilicel

Croydon, CR9 7AT


Videos

  • 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
  • Composition Sketches - Harmonic Obsession and Trio Doloroso - Tolga Atalay Ün