Beste Toparlak - Harpist | Charlotte, North Carolina(no reviews)
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Turkish harpist Beste started her music studies with pianist Yevgenia Tarasova in Almaty, Kazakhstan when she was 8. Returning to Turkey with her family in 1999, she was admitted to the Harp Department of Ankara State Conservatory of Hacettepe University. She worked with Bahar Goksu, Mujgan Aydin during her pre college and undergraduate studies and graduated in 2009 receiving high honors for her Bachelor of Music in Harp degree. She continued her graduate studies with former Vienna Philharmonic harpist and soloist Xavier de Maistre at Hochschule für Musik und Theater-Hamburg and graduated wit
... h a Masters Degree in 2013.
During her studies she attended master-classes and symposiums in United Kingdom, Belgium, Netherlands and worked with world renown harpists such as Alice Giles, Elinor Bennett, Sylvian Blassel, Hugh Webb, Skaila Kanga, Marisa Robles, Catherine Michel, Frédérique Cambreling, Marie-Pierre Langlamet, Trina Bourne, Isabelle Moretti and Fabrice Pierre.
She performed many recitals in Turkey and abroad and amongst some of them had a chance to play for the Russian, Italian, British, Macedonian, Costa-Rican, Irish and Estonian heads of state. She also premiered works by composers Muhiddin Dürrüoğlu, Wolf Kerschek, Eda And, Matti Pakkanen and Xiao Fu.
Beste played under conductors such as Neeme Jarvi, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Simone Young, Alexander Liebreich and Justus Frantz in orchestras such as Hamburg Staats Oper, NDR Symphony Orchestra, RIAS Symphony Orchestra (Berlin), Philharmonie der Nationen (Hamburg), Bilkent Symphony Orchestra, Turkish Presidential Orchestra, Antalya State Symphony Orchestra, Hacettepe Symphony Orchestra, Eskisehir Symphony Orchestra, Greek-Turkish Youth Orchestra, Turkish-American Cultural Alliance Symphony Orchestra, in venues such as Berlin Philarmonie, Berlin Konzerthaus, Hamburg Laeizshalle, Hamburg Staats Oper, Frankfurt Alte Oper, Bremen ‘Die Glocke’, Munich-Gasteig Philharmonie, Kieler Schloss, Musik und Kongresshalle Lübeck, Konzerthaus Freiburg, Koblenz Kongresshalle, Wuppertal Stadthalle, Erfurt Alten Oper, Basel Stadt-Casino, Bregenz Festspielhaus.
Beste attended a program for “Young Talents” organized by NDR and got the chance to record a CD at the NDR studios in Hamburg. She accompanied the Carl-Philipp-Emmanuel Bach Choir during their tour of Germany and also appeared as solo in their CD. She was also invited by the Hamburg Senate to perform a recital in the Hamburg Rathaus.
She played Reinhold Gliere’s Concerto for Harp with Bilkent Symphony Orchestra and Eskisehir Symphony Orchestra (Maestro Isin Metin).
She is winner of Matinee Musicale-Indianapolis Competition’s intrumental category at 2017 and Gold Medalist of Medallion International Artists Competition at 2018.
Currently, Beste is pursuing an Artist Diploma at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music studying with distinguished Professor Susann McDonald, Philadelphia Orchestra Principal Harpist Elizabeth Hainen and Professor Elzbieta Szmyt.
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