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Burak Özdemir is a composer, bassoonist and director. He studied historical performance and composition at The Juilliard School, University of the Arts Berlin and at the Istanbul Conservatory. In 2008 he founded Musica Sequenza in New York; an ensemble which stands for the innovation of baroque music and intercultural production. In 2010 he moved back to Berlin, where he practices new performance modalities through self-developed methods. Özdemir has created internationally renowned productions such as “The New Four Seasons” and “Silent Cantata” as well as the immersive sound installation series “Transmute”.

Özdemir’s musical activities have been seen in Europe, North and South America and Asia, in spaces such as Elbphilharmonie, Peter J Sharp Theater, Berghain, Berlin Philharmonic, Concertgebouw, Staatsoper Vienna, Teatro Colon of Buenos Aires. As a soloist Özdemir has appeared with the Istanbul Philharmonic, Juilliard Symphony Orchestra and Les Arts Florissants and collaborated with Sting, Matthew Herbert, Fazil Say, Monica Hugget, Andreas Scholl, Rias Kammerchor, Lars Vogt, Rundfunkchor Berlin and Edita Gruberova.

In recent years Özdemir applied the language and tools of contemporary performance to vitalize and explore historical operas and sacred baroque repertoire. With “Fuga” (2010), “Opera del Futuro” (2015) and “Enigma” (2018) and established the genre of the electro-baroque. In 2015 Handel Festspiele Halle commissioned his production “Sampling Baroque”, this became the first electronic album release of Deutsche Harmonia Mundi. The second episode of “Sampling Baroque” was commissioned by International Bach Festival Schaffhausen and premiered in Kammgarn, Switzerland in 2016. Shortly after it’s creation, “Sampling Baroque” has become an internationally touring program and visited festivals and spaces such as Istanbul Music Festival, Bach Akademie Stuttgart, Berghain, Radial System V, Oranjewoud Festival and broadcasted on Arte Concerts, Deutsche Welle, Swiss National Television and Radio Berlin Brandenburg.

In 2014 Özdemir received a commission by the Grand Palais Museum Paris to compose music for the “Velazquez” world tour exhibition. The work was curated and filmed by Karim Ainouz, which later became an international DVD release on Arte Edition.

Özdemir is currently focusing on the intensification of collaborative processes, such as the dialogic development of choreography and music. In 2013 he collaborated with the Sasha Waltz & Guests company at the Festival d’Avignon for the performance of “Dialoge”. Özdemir composed original music for this production, using his sound recordings from various Gezi Park demonstrations in Istanbul. The performance took place in the Opera Avignon including Özdemir’s free improvisation. In 2016 Özdemir wrote music and performed live for Sasha Waltz’s interdisciplinary and open exchange platform “Zuhören” at Radial System V. Following year he joined Sasha Waltz for the choreographic installation “Figure Humaine” for the inauguration of the Hamburg Elphilharmonie.

In 2018 Özdemir was commissioned by the Stadttheater Schaffhausen for his choreographic oratorio “Atlas Passion”; an interdisciplinary Bach production for voice, baroque orchestra, modern dance, video sculptures and light- and costume design. Over hundred artists performed in this production.

Since 2012 Burak Özdemir records for Sony Music and Deutsche Harmonia Mundi for his original scores and recompositions; “Vivaldi : The New Four Seasons” (2012), “Bach : The Silent Cantata” (2013), “Rameau a la Turque” (2014) and “Sampling Baroque/Handel” (2016) together with Grammy awarded producer Da-Hong Seetoo, German recording engineer Christian Jaeger and Swedish DJ & Producer Van Rivers. Özdemir coaches educational workshops at universities and festivals around the world for bassoonists, ensembles and electronic musicians.

Der Fagottist und Komponist Burak Özdemir gehört aktuell zu den interessantesten und spannendsten Musiker; ein Spieler, der in der klassischen Musikwelt sowie in der elektronischen Underground-Szene gleich Zuhause ist. The New York Times feierte Burak Özdemirs Fagottspiel als: “more than energetic“. 2008 gründete er, die von den Welt-Kritiker gefeierte Musica Sequenza. Ein Ensemble, das die Wände um das klassisches Konzert zerbricht, ein Ziel, er dabei mit seinem exotischen und virtuosen Spiel, sowie durch ihrer inter-kulturellen Produktionen erfolgreich ist.

Burak Özdemirs musikalische Aktivitäten führten ihn fast in ganz Europa, Nord- und Südamerika sowie nach Asien. Seine Soloauftritte rund um die Welt finden in Konzertsälen wie in der Elbphilharmonie, Peter J Sharp Theater, Berliner Philharmonie, Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Wiener Staatsoper und Teatro Colon in Buenos Aires statt. Er ist ein resident Künstler bei Club Berghain, Radial System V und Sophienkirche, dabei gewinnt die Begeisterung für Klassik-Liebhaber und die jüngeren Zuhörer weltweit.

Neben seiner Arbeit mit Musica Sequenza spielt Burak Özdemir regelmäßig mit zahlreichen historischen und modernen Orchestern wie L’arte del mondo, Kammerakademie Potsdam, dem Deutschen Sinfonie Orchester und dem Filmorchester Babelsberg zusammen. Als Solist trat er unter der Leitung von William Christie, Nicholas McGegan und Krzysztof Penderecki mit den Istanbul Philharmonikern, dem Juilliard Symphony Orchestra und den Les Arts Florissants auf. Er arbeitet mit internationalen Künstlern wie Sasha Waltz, Matthew Herbert, Jordi Savall, Mari Kimura (IRCAM), Fazil Say, Monica Hugget, Andreas Scholl, Rias Kammerchor, Lars Vogt und Edita Gruberova zusammen.

Burak Özdemir erhielt folgende Preise: Türkei Young Talents Wettbewerb, Istanbul Jazz Festival Young Talents, Juilliard Concerto Competition und Paul Hindemith Stiftung. Seine Kompositionen wurden von Instituten wie z.B. Biennale für Alte Musik, Grand Palais Museum Paris, Internationales BachFest Schaffhausen, Handel Stiftung Halle, Borusan Culture, Radial Stiftung, American Turkish Society, DAAD, Tokyo Art Foundation, Gustav Kettel Stiftung und Festival d’Avignon im Auftrag gegeben.

Seit 2012 arbeitet Burak Özdemir exklusiv bei Sony Music und Deutsche Harmonia Mundi Labels als Recording Artist. Als Lehrer unterrichtet er Barock-Fagott an der Musikschule in Berlin und bietet Workshop Coaching für Barockspieler und Kammerorchester. Burak Özdemir wurde in Istanbul geboren. Er studierte an der Juilliard School in New York, der Universität der Künste in Berlin und am Istanbul Konservatorium.

WORKS/
KOMPOSITIONEN

„..more than energetic.”
New York Times

ON IMDB

SOUNDCLOUD

TRANSMUTE 4
Composition
Berghain
Premiere Berghain Kantine 2016

SAMPLING BAROQUE/HANDEL
Recomposition
Sony Music
Premiere Berghain, Berlin 2016

SAMPLING BAROQUE/BACH
Recomposition
International Bach Festival
Premiere Kammgarn, Schaffhausen 2016

TRANSMUTE 3
Composition
Zuhören Festival mit Sasha Waltz & Guests
Premiere Radial System, Berlin 2016

VELAZQUEZ WILD REALISM
Original Soundtrack
Arte TV France
Premiere Grand Palais Museum, Paris 2015

RAMEAU A LA TURQUE
Recomposition
Sony Music
Premiere Berghain, Berlin 2014

#OCCUPY GEZI
Suite for Sasha Waltz & Guests
World Premiere, Festival d’Avignon 2013

GÖTTER WIE WIR
Original Soundtrack
ZDF Kultur 2013
Deutsches Fernsehpreis
Beste Komödie 2013

LIFELONG THE MOVIE
Original Soundtrack
Berlinale Panorama Selection
Razor Film 2013

BACH THE SILENT CANTATA
Recomposition
Sony Music
Premiere Berghain, Berlin 2013

SHAMAN WOMEN
Original Soundtrack
Director Azra Deniz
Istanbul,  2012

FUGA THE
ELECTRO-BAROQUE OPERA

Opera in II Act
Premiere Performance 2010
Baruch Performing Arts Center, NYC

VIVALDI : THE NEW FOUR SEASONS
Recomposition
Sony Music
Premiere Radial System, Berlin 2012

L’OREAL PROMO FILM
Original Soundtrack
Director Walter Kaul
Berlin, 2010

LA PROCEDURE SEXUELLE
Original Work
Director Louis Elsass
NYC, 2010