Ayşe Celasun

After studying piano at the Conservatory of Istanbul from the age of five in the class of Sive Onat, Ms. Celasun moved to Paris on a scholarship to the Ecole Normale de Musique de Paris, in the class of Germaine Mounier. Having obtained the Higher Diploma, in conjunction with a degree in musicology at the University of Paris VIII, she began teaching and playing in several countries, in Europe, Central America and North America. Between 1989 and 1991 she worked with Arkady Aronov in New York.

Back in Paris, Ms. Celasun continued to teach and play. She studied conducting with Sergiu Celibidache, there, and in Munich, and worked with Lelia Gousseau, A-R Petrossian, MarieFrançoise Bucquet and played in the Sons Croisés concert series.

Internationally, Ms. Celasun has performed, inter alia, with G.Torma, J.Bourgès-Maunoury, J.Canon, M.Maurer, A.Sicot, F.Masquelier, D.Rachmanov.M. Akalin, Douglas Nestler, Andrew Scultze, Mihaela Ionescu to name but a few.

Regularly invited to be a panel member for competitions, Ms. Celasun is currently a tenured assistant professor at the Conservatoire National de Musique in Créteil (CRR), France, and took a leave of absence starting in July 2009 for personal reasons.

In 2011, she collaborated with the Coopératif de la Musique Nouvelle – Yeni Muzik Kooperatifi, where Prof. Ahmet Yurur and Dr. Alper Maral have written works for her and partners. Recently she became a Board member of this association.

In 2012 Ms. Celasun moved to Chicago where she founded “Fine Arts Music – Performance and Scholarship”, a 501-c-3 non-profit. Incorporated in September 2013, FAM-PS has a concert series and the revenue goes to three types of scholarships: French Emerging Talent, Chicago Area, and Turkish female students, the last of which is administered through partnership with Cagdas Yasami Destekleme Dernegi (Association for the Support of Contemporary Living), a non-governmental Turkish organization that helps girls obtain an education and ultimately promotes gender equality.

In October 2014 she founded “Notre Ecole de Musique LLC”, a French curriculum-based music school. Both NEdM’s name and FAM-PS are registered trademarks.

Most recently, through FAM-PS and the Adalar District Directorate of National Education, Ms. Celasun collaborated with public schools on Buyukada Island, Istanbul, to tutor children and teenagers with little to no piano-playing experience to give a concert after a mere 5 weeks.

She is also a member of MTNA, ISMTA, CAMTA, Institut Français Profs, le réseau social de l’éducation en français.

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