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Füsun Köksal (b. 1973 in Bursa, Turkey) is a Turkish composer of contemporary classical music.

Köksal grew up in Bursa and attended Bilkent University’s Faculty of Music and Performing Arts in Ankara from 1989 to 1996, where she earned her bachelor’s degree in music theory and composition, studying under the supervision of Bujor Hoinic. From 1996 to 2002 she lived in Cologne, Germany, where she studied composition with Krzysztof Meyer,[1] and theory with Johannes Schild, earning a Diplom Musikerin from the Hochschule für Musik Köln.[2] In 2002 she returned to Bilkent University, where she taught composition for three years. In 2004, she matriculated into the doctoral program at the University of Chicago, where she has studied with Marta Ptaszynska and Shulamit Ran.[3] For the 2010–11 academic year she was Visiting Professor of Theory and Composition at the University of Pittsburgh.[4] She is currently completing her PhD at the University of Chicago. Her oeuvre ranges from solo to orchestral works and is informed by the gestural and timbral concerns of Pierre Boulez, Luciano Berio, and fellow composers of her generation.

Köksal’s honors include:

  • Nominated for the Festival Pablo Casals Third International Composers Competition, France (2009)[5]
  • Third prize at the Sixth Concours International de Composition Henri Dutilleux (2008)[6]
  • Regional awards of the SCI/ASCAP Student Composition Competition (2006, 2007, 2008)
  • Finalist at the Second International Composer’s Competition, Reggello, Italy (2005)
  • Second prize at the Third International Deutsche-Polnische Kompositions Wettbewerb, Köln (1998)
  • Century Fellowship and Mellon Dissertation Year Fellowship (declined) from the University of Chicago

She has participated in master classes by Peter Eötvös, Salvatore Sciarrino, Augusta Read Thomas, and David Felder.

Her music has been performed throughout Europe and America at festivals such as Young Composers in New Music (Detmold), Turkkfest (London), Toronto Summer Music Festival, Forum Neuer Musik (Cologne), June in Buffalo Festival, Centre Acanthes (Metz), Via Festale (Spain), and the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival (Germany).

The prominent ensembles who have featured her music include International Ensemble Modern Academy, Pacifica Quartet, eighth blackbird, Penderecki String Quartet, Ensemble Calliopée, Orchestre Nationale de Lorraine, Arditti String Quartet, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra’s 10/10 Ensemble, Ensemble Fire-Wire, Dafô Quartet, Bilkent Symphony Orchestra, Hezarfen Ensemble, and Vertixe Sonora.


  • Moire for two pianos and ensemble (2010-2011)
  • Horn Trio for violin, horn and piano (2011)
  • Six Pieces for two pianos (2010)
  • Deux Visions for flute, clarinet, violin, cello, percussion, piano (2009); also version for five instruments (2011)
  • Five Miniatures for marimba (2009)
  • Nocturnal for flute, violin, cello, piano (2008)
  • Three Songs for baritone, cello, and piano, text by Bertold Brecht (2008)
  • Imaginary Spaces for chamber orchestra (2007)
  • String Quartet No. 1 (2006-07)
  • Around Circles for solo clarinet (2006)
  • Fanfare for Wind Quintet for flute, oboe, clarinet in Bb, trumpet in Bb, baritone saxophone (2005)
  • Quartet for oboe and string trio (2002)
  • Trio for violin, cello, piano (2001)
  • Four Pieces for string quartet (1998)
  • Windows Suite for orchestra (1996)


External links[edit]

Society of Composers Bio

Listening to Istanbul Bio

University of Chicago Department of Music

Four Pieces for string quartet (Dohr) available here

Miniatures for marimba (Bachovich) available here

Category: Turkish composers Category: Women classical composers Category: 1973 births Category: Bilkent University alumni Category: Alumni of the Cologne University of Music