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                             Assoc.Prof. Omer Turkmenoglu (Tenor)

          Omer Turkmenoglu got his Associate Professor from Turkey in 2017. He has performed extensively in Australia, Azerbaijan, Canada, Cyprus, Hungary, Italy, Kyrgyzstan, Luxemburg, Macedonia, Jordan, Pakistan, Spain, Syria, Turkey, Tunisia, and U.S.A. Turkmenoglu has appeared at numerous solo recitals and Gala Opera Concerts, and has collaborated with the leading symphony orchestras of Turkey, including the Bilkent Academic Symphony Orchestra, the Mersin State Opera and Ballet Orchestra, and the Bilkent Academic Chamber Orchestra. He also started a teaching career, working as the assistant at the Bilkent University Opera Department. In 2009-2011, Turkmenoglu studied with Professor Carlos Montane at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. In May 2011, Turkmenoglu carried out the project “Abraham’s Children: A Prayer for Peace” that featured musical pieces coming from three religions, Chirstianity, Islam, and Judaism. 

          In 1996, Mr. Turkmenoglu won First Prize at the Turkish Folk Music Competition held by the TRT State Radio and Television channel. In 2001, he was among finalists of the Bulbul International Opera Competition in Baku, Azerbaijan. In 2003, he participated in the Summer Academy of İmalatesta in Italy, where he studied with Baritone Alessandro Calamai, who is the Artist of Arena di Verona, and with Tenor Mauro Trombetta who is the Artistic Director of the Binjamin Giulio Opera. For six years, he has been a soloist at the Ankara Opera House, and for three years has been a soloist for the Mersin State Opera and Ballet Theater at the Turksoy Opera Festival. In 2005, he was chosen to be one of 40 singers to participate in the Operalia Placido Domingo Opera Competition and the Layla Gencer Opera Competition.  He took  master classes with sopranos Mirelle Freni and Katia Ricciarelli, and has appeared in numerous TV and Radio programs and newspaper interviews.