Kamran Ince

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Kamran N. Ince (born May 6, 1960) is a Turkish-American composer. Ince in Turkish spelling is written İnce.


Ince was born in Glendive, Montana, United States and at the age of six moved with his family to Turkey. He entered the Ankara State Conservatory at the age of ten, in 1971, where he began studying cello and piano, and took composition lessons with İlhan Baran. In 1977 Ince entered the İzmir University where he studied composition with Muammer Sun,[1] but returned to the United States in 1978.[citation needed] He enrolled at the Oberlin College in Ohio in 1980, earning a Bachelor of Music degree in 1982, and went on to complete his master’s and doctoral degrees from the Eastman School of Music in 1984 and 1987. His teachers there included David Burge (piano), Joseph Schwantner, Christopher Rouse, Samuel Adler and Barbara Kolb (composition).[1]

Ince won a Rome Prize and a Guggenheim Fellowship in 1987, and the Lili Boulanger Memorial Prize in 1988. In 1990, he moved to Ann Arbor, Michigan to become a visiting professor at the University of Michigan, and in 1992 joined the faculty of the University of Memphis, where he teaches composition, co-directs the University of Memphis Imagine New Music Festival.[1][2] In addition, Kamran İnce founded the Center for Advanced research in Music at Istanbul Technical University, which he has directed since 1999.[3]

His music[edit]

Journalist Blair Dedrick described İnce’s music as

characterized . . . by its ability to pinpoint the sonorous strains present in the jagged dissonance of elements such as a smooth cello yearning suddenly broken by an incongruent spatter of drum beats.[This quote needs a citation]

His music has been described as post-minimalist, that is, it makes use of near repetition, tonal language, but avoiding traditional tonal functionality, and influence of world music.[citation needed] Indeed, his Concerto for Orchestra, Turkish Instruments and Voices uses an actual Turkish ensemble mixed with Western instruments.

His musical palette tends toward large-scale works, mainly for orchestra or ensemble; he has also composed several smaller works for either solo instrument (In Memoriam: 8/17/99 for piano) or solo instrument and piano (Lines for clarinet and piano).[citation needed]

Although several of his works display this sudden movement between slow chord movements and the nattering of percussion and / or instruments, such as Flight Box (2001) or Hammer Music (1990), other pieces use a more consistent texture, such as the energetic F E S T for New Music Ensemble and Orchestra (1998) or the subdued Curve (1998).[citation needed]


A critic for the Los Angeles Times called him

that rare composer, able to sound connected with modern music and yet still seem exotic, Kamran Ince is a force on the cutting edge of contemporary composition, bridging the East and the West.[This quote needs a citation]


List of works[edit]


  • Academica (1998)
  • Before Infrared (1986)
  • Cascade (1993)
  • Concerto for Orchestra, Turkish Instruments (ney, kemence, 2 zurnas) and Voices (2002)
  • Concerto for Piano and Orchestra (1984)
  • Deep Flight (1988)
  • Domes (1993)
  • Ebullient Shadows (1987)
  • F E S T for New Music Ensemble and Orchestra (1998)
  • Hot, Red, Cold, Vibrant (1992)
  • Infrared Only (1985)
  • Lipstick (1991)
  • Plexus (1993)
  • Remembering Lycia (1996)
  • Symphony No. 1 Castles in the Air (1989)
  • Symphony No. 2 Fall of Constantinople (1994)
  • Symphony No. 3 Siege of Vienna (1995)
  • Symphony No. 4 Sardis (2000)
  • Symphony No. 5 Galatasaray (2005)
  • Viper's Dance derived from Symphony No. 1, 1989 revised in 1993

Large ensemble[edit]

  • Aphrodisiac (1997)
  • Arches (1994)
  • Evil Eye Deflector (1996)
  • Flight Box (2001)
  • Hammer Music (1990)
  • In White, Violin Concerto (1999)
  • Istathenople (2003)
  • Love under Siege(1997)
  • Night Passage (1992)
  • One Last Dance (1991)
  • Requiem Without Words (2004)
  • Sonnet #395 (1991)
  • Split (1998)
  • Strange Stone (2004)
  • Turquoise (1996)
  • Turquoise/Strange Stone (2005)
  • Waves of Talya (1989)

Small ensemble (chamber music)[edit]

  • Curve (1996)
  • Drawings (2001)
  • Fantasie of a Sudden Turtle (1990)
  • Kaç ("Escape") (1983)
  • Köcekce (1984) (After a Black Sea folk dance)
  • Lines (1997)
  • Matinees (1989)
  • MKG Variations for cello solo (1998); also version for guitar
  • Tracing (1994)
  • Road to Memphis for viola and harpsichord (2008)


  • The Blue Journey (1982)
  • Cross Scintillations (1986)
  • In Memoriam: 8/17/99 (1999)
  • Gates (2002)
  • Kevin's Dream (1994)
  • My Friend Mozart (1987)
  • Sheherazade Alive (2003)
  • An Unavoidable Obsession (1988)
  • Symphony in Blue (2012)


  1. ^ a b c Chute, James. 2001. "Ince, Kamran". The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians, second edition, edited by Stanley Sadie and John Tyrrell. London: Macmillan Publishers.
  2. ^ [1] Archived May 28, 2010, at the Wayback Machine.
  3. ^ "who's who : kamran ince". Turkishculture.org. Retrieved 2015-03-05.
  4. ^ "Kamran N. Ince - John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation". Gf.org. Retrieved 2015-03-05.

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