About Izem Gurer
Izem Gurer was born in Istanbul, Turkey. She started to study piano with concert pianist Birsen Ulucan at the age of eight. She has been prize winner of numerous national and international piano competitions between the years 2012-2020 and she was a semi-finalist in the Epinal International Piano Competition in France in 2017.
In 2013 Izem has been invited by virtuoso pianist Prof. Dmitri Bashkirov to study with him in Escuela Superior de Música Reina Sofía in Madrid . In 2017 Izem was recognized as an outstanding young musician of the year, an achievement prize personally awarded to her by the Queen Sofia of Spain. In June 2021, she completed her Bachelor’s degree in Escuela Superior de Música Reina Sofia with a diploma of achievement . In 2023, she completed her Master in Performance degree at Musik-Akademie Basel, Switzerland in the class of Prof. Zoltan Fejervari.
As a concert pianist,she performed numerous recitals and chamber music concerts in some of the most prestigious stages in Spain, Turkey, Austria, Greece, France, and the UK. She has attended masterclasses of renowned musicians during these years such as Menahem Pressler, Marta Gulyas ,Nikolai Demidenko, Luis Fernando Perez, Claudio Martinez Mehner, Eldar Nebolsin, Josep Colom, Rena Shereshevskaya, Elisabeth Leonskaja, and Milana Chernyavska.
Apart from her solo studies, Izem has a keen interest in playing chamber music and has been studying with Prof.Marta Gulyas and Özcan Ulucan, – who was one of senior students of violinist Maxim Vengerov. Izem had considerable success in her chamber music career as a member of “Trio Fundacion Mahou San Miguel” in Escuela Superior de Música Reina Sofía and namely: the first prize in International chamber music Competition Arnuero, Santander, an award-prize winner for the best chamber music group of the year and in 2020, performed “Triple Concerto of Beethoven” under the baton of Spanish conductor Pablo Heras-Casado in one of the most prestigious concert halls of Spain,” Teatro Monumental” in Madrid.
Currently, she is studying Doctor of Musical Arts in Performance at the class of Prof.Christina Dahl and she works as a teaching assistant at Stony Brook University, New York.