Our alumna of the month is Turkish flutist Nihan Atalay (Academy 2005), professor of flute at the Conservatory of the University of Fine Arts “Mimar Sinan” in Istanbul. She is a pioneer in the use of historical instruments in her country, with a special interest in contact points between European and Turkish music.
Educated in Turkey, France, and Switzerland, she is a member of Ensemble Diwan, a multiethnic orchestra founded by the Haute école de musique de Genève and Mimar Sinan. As a researcher and soloist, she participates in “Oulomenen,” a collaboration between HEM Genève and the Kyoto City University of Arts dedicated to the relationship between music and poetry in the East and West.
In 2012, she won first prize in the Baroque Flute Competition of the US National Flute Association. Recent highlights include performing as soloist with Florence Malgoire, Guido Balestracci, and Jonathan Rubin in Istanbul and with ensemble Modo Antiquo in Italy and Istanbul. Upcoming projects include a CD dedicated to contemporary Turkish composers and their relationship with traditional music, and a concert program with Francis Biggi for La Côte Flute Festival2018. Nihan Atalay is a Powell Flutes Artist.