H. Ertug KORKMAZ
In 1980, having qualified for Conducting department, he began attending the class of Professor Gürer AYKAL at the Ankara State Concervatory.
Having graduated from both the Composition and Conducting departments, he was sent to London on a state scholarship. There, he studied Composition and Conducting with Professors Alfred NIEMAN, George NICHOLSON and Alan HASELDINE at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama.
In London he also had chances to study Contemporary Music with artists who are some of the well known authorities of the Art of Music such as Hans Werner HENZE, Karlheinz STOCKHAUSEN and Peter Maxwell DAVIES.
So far, he has appeared on the programs of International Music Festivals, concerts and workshops-seminars as a Conductor and Composer in Turkey and countries round the Globe such as Japan, Italy, France, Belgium, Portugal, Spain, Switzerland, Denmark, Germany, Poland, Brazil, Argentina, Mexico, Russia, Venezuela, United Kingdom and USA.
In February 2001 he worked with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra on a CD recording of his Symphonic Poem. “SHADES – AND” under his direction in London. Following the CD, it was performed by Leningrad Philharmonic Orchestra. In August 2002, the same work was performed at the opening concert of the Euro Classic Summer Music Festival, in Berlin.
In 2003 he was invited to found a new concervatory and an orchestra at Baskent University and chosen as Turkish delegate for the IRC, International Music Council, UNESCO.
In October 2005, he has appeared as a conductor of the opening concert of the IV. Saint Petersburg International Piano Festival at the well-known Saint Petersburg Philharmonic Hall, Russia.
He has worked together with prestigious artists worldwide such as Salvatore Accardo, Idil Biret, Rocco Filippini, Martin Berkovsky, Ilya Grubert, Gustav Rivinius and Alexander Rudin to name a few.
At present he is the Artistic director and the Principal conductor of the Orchestra Academic Baskent.
His works include four Symphonic Poems, two Symphonies: the Rain Forest and Enuma Elish (Sumerian Myth of Creation), Guitar concerto and Sonata (World premier by Manchester Camerata) and various music for chamber ensembles, choirs and solo instruments.