20+ years teaching students of all ages.
Istanbul State Conservatory, MM Manhattan School of Music.
Rockland County, NY
Since her New York debut at Carnegie Recital Hall in 1988, which was hailed “vigorous” by The New York Times, Sevgi has enjoyed a growing international recognition. A native of Turkey, she began to play by ear and Improvise on the piano at the age of two, gave her first public performance at the age of seven and later graduated from the Istanbul State Conservatory where she studied with Gulsin Onay and Kamuran Gundemir. Winning a state competition in 1984, she came to the United States where she received her Master’s degree from the Manhattan School of Music as a student of Zenon Fishbein. Her numerous distinctions have included piano awards in the Artists International Fifteenth Annual Young Artist Competition and Artists International 1994 Distinguished Artist Competition. Since her arrival in the United States she has performed at some of the world’s most prestigious venues, beginning with her orchestral debut at Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center in New York. She has also performed at Merkin Concert Hall, Bruno Walter Auditorium, The United Nations Auditorium, Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, National Gallery of Art and CRR Concert Hall. Her performances have taken her across the United States with concerts in Boston, New York, Duxbury, New Jersey, Washington D.C. and Chicago where she has appeared at the Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concerts Series which was broadcast live over WFMT and its three hundred affiliated satellite stations across the country. Sevgi has been a featured guest artist at the Mid Summer Music Festival in Pesaro, Italy and in Brazil where she performed as a soloist with the Sao Paulo Symphony Orchestra, as well as live concerts recorded and broadcast by the Turkish National Radio. She has also recorded for several radio broadcasting networks such as National Public Radio WNYC, “Voice of America”, WGTS, and has made a television appearance for the NY-NJ cable television.