«CLOSE UP» is an international co-production of:
KosmosTheater Wien (2.+3. October 2015)
ARGEkultur Salzburg (15.+16.+17. October 2015),
manipulate Festival Edinburgh (1. February 2016),
and Posthof Linz.
"Once again AYSEDENIZ fuses classic rock with classical via a dramatic and gripping performance" - Rafe Offer, Sofar Sounds
"I look forward to hearing and seeing this innovative mish mash of styles, cutting through contemporary culture" - Paul Heard, M People
AyseDeniz completed her Masters in Piano Performance at the Royal Academy of Music in London under the tutelage of Christopher Elton, and received her Bachelors Degree at Eastman School of Music in Rochester NY, studying with Douglas Humpherys. In her early teens, she also had the chance to study with Rosalyn Tureck, becoming one of her last students.
AyseDeniz was considered a child prodigy in her native Turkey and made her concerto debut when she was nine, with the Gordion Chamber Orchestra playing J.S. Bach’s Keyboard Concerto No. 5. At thirteen, she had already performed as a soloist with more than a dozen of orchestras. Since then, she has played in major festivals around the world, including Moscow’s Musical Kremlin Festival, California’s Wavelength Festival; Sofia’s Piano Extravaganza Festival; 38th and 41st International Istanbul Music Festival; 31st International Ankara Music Festival; Gouveia Art Rock Festival and Piano City Milan. She has appeared on various TV channels, radio stations and magazines including Classic FM, CNN Turk, NTV, TRT, The Voice of Russia, International Piano Magazine, Andante, Opus, Vogue Turkey and Prog Rock Magazine.
After three of her piano arrangements of Pink Floyd songs in the style of Franz Liszt went viral, AyseDeniz attracted the attention of the progressive rock listeners, and was featured on Pink Floyd’s official Facebook and Twitter pages. Upon the requests of fans, she completed a full album called "Pink Floyd Classical Concept", which has been released on iTunes, and in limited hardcopy edition.
Recently she has won the Argentinian Association of Cable Television Music Award with the show from the “Pink Floyd Classical Concept Album” release gala concert in Argentina, and has traveled to Bulgaria, Ecuador, Portugal, Italy and Turkey to perform these arrangements for classical and progressive rock audiences. She has also played at the gala of TatliDil Forum (a conference aiming at strengthening and institutionalising the civil dialogue between Turkey & the UK) in November 2014 to which Prince Andrew, Duke of York, the former president of Turkey as well as royalties, business leaders, distinguished professors and lawmakers attended.
She is currently working on a Classical Nirvana album, to be released in 2015 as well as a modern dance project Close Up with Editta Braun to be premiered in Austria in October 2015. You can follow AyseDeniz from her Facebook Page and watch her performances on her YouTube Channel.