The Turkish pianist Zeynep Özsuca has performed worldwide as a soloist, chamber musician and accompanist. Born in Ankara in 1984, she began piano lessons at the age of four and continued her studies at Ankara Conservatory of Hacettepe University. After winning Istanbul Symphony’s Young Soloists Competition in 2001, Zeynep moved to the United States to complete a Bachelor’s degree in Piano Performance at the Oberlin Conservatory under Prof. Peter Takács. She has since majored in accompaniment and vocal coaching at Hochschule für Musik ‘Hanns Eisler’, Berlin with Prof. Alexander Vitlin.
Zeynep has recently worked with conductors such as Gustavo Dudamel, Simon Halsey and Sir Simon Rattle, and acted as rehearsal pianist for singers ...Magdalena Kožená and Rolando Villazón. Due to her innate ability to follow the slightest musical impulse while simultaneously commanding a strong leadership, Zeynep is considered one of today’s ‘great ensemble pianists’. As a chamber musician, she has performed on prestigious stages such as the Berlin Philharmonie, Palau de la Musica Valencia and Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival. Her performance for the Juan March Foundation in Madrid in 2010 was broadcast live on Classical Music Radio RNE. She also regularly appears in recital with duo partner Sacha Rattle. Zeynep has been taking part in opera productions as a guest repetiteur at the Staatsoper Berlin since 2012.