Born in Izmir/Turkey (4.December1977) Zeynep Gedizlioglu studied composition with Cengiz Tanc in Istanbul, She studied with Theo Brandmüller in Saarbrücken, Ivan Fedele in Strasbourg and Wolfgang Rihm in Karlsruhe in addition to music theory with Michael Reudenbach..She received scholarships from the Elisabeth and Bruno Meindl Foundation (2003), from the Saarland Education Ministry (2004), the ‘Landesgraduiertenstipendium’ scholarship (2005), the Wolfgang Rihm Scholarship of the Hoepfner Foundation (2008) as well as a scholarship from the Baden-Württemberg Art Foundation (2010). In 2005 she won the Grant-in-Aid Prize of the Franz Liszt Scholarship in Weimar. She participated in the International Summer School for New Music in Darmstadt and in Centre Acanthes with her own compositions. She was in residence at the electro-acoustic music research center Institut de Recherche et Coordination Acoustique/Musique IRCAM in Paris (2010-2011).  Between 1994 and 2000 she wrote pieces for various theatrical works. Her compositions were performed at international festivals like ‘Grenzenlos-Kulturelle Begegnung mit der Türkei’ in Berlin, ‘Rendez-vous Musique Nouvelle’ in Forbach, ‘Mediterrane Neue Musik Tage’ and at the Biennale in Istanbul, 'MITo Settembre Musica' in Milan, ‘Estovest’ in Turin, ‘Musica’ in Strasbourg, ‘ISCM World New Music Days’ in Goteborg, 21.European Cultural Days in Karlsruhe, Maerz Musik in Berlin, Beethovenfest in Bonn, Eclat in Stuttgart and at the festival Wien Modern in Vienne. On the radio her works were performed live on SR2 Kultur Radio, Acik Radyo Istanbul, TRT3, TRT2, Radio France-France Musique, SWR2, dradio (Deutschland Radio Kultur), SRF 2 Kultur und OE1 ORF i.a. Zeynep Gedizlioglu works with the soloists of the SWR Symphony Orchestra Baden-Baden and Freiburg and of the Navarra Symphony Orchestra, with the Orchestre National de Lorraine, Borusan Istanbul Philharmonic Orchestra, Radio Symphony Orchestra Vienne, Istanbul University State Conservatory Symphony Orchestra, Ensemble Modern, ensemble recherche, Accroche Note, Ensemble Orchestral Contemporain, Neue Vocalsolisten Stuttgart and the Arditti Quartet who have premiered many of her works.

In 2012, she won the Ernst von Siemens Composers’ Prize.


She lives and works in Berlin.



Prizes and Scholarships :


  • Ernst von Siemens Foundation Composers’ Prize 2012
  • Baden Württemberg Art Foundation Scholarship Award 2010
  • Centre for Composers Visby / Composer in Residence 2008
  • Hoepfner Foundation -Wolfgang Rihm  Scholarship 2008
  • State Graduate Funding (Germany) 2005
  • Grant-in-Aid Prize of the Franz Liszt Scholarship, Weimar 2005
  • Scholarship of Culture Ministry of Saarland 2004
  • Elisabeth-and-Bruno-Meindl Foundation Scholarship  2003


Festivals and Concerts (selected):


  • Berlin.Grenzenlos.Kulturelle Begegnung mit der Türkei, Berlin 1998,
  • Rendez-vous Musique Nouvelle, Forbach 2003,
  • Mouvement-Musik im 21. Jahrhundert, Saarbrücken 2004,
  • Mediterranean Contemporary Music Days , Istanbul 2004/2006,
  • Estovest, Torino 2007- 2009,
  • Festival Musica,Strasburg 2007/2008,
  • International Pera-Fest Istanbul 2007,
  • ‘‘The 1st Encounter with Contemporary Cultures-Turkey’’ Huarte Contemporary Art Center, Pamplona 2008.
  • ISCM World New Music Days, Göteborg 2009
  • Lille 3000 – Europa XXL 2009
  • MITO SettembreMusica, Milan 2010
  • Portrait Concerts of Zeynep Gedizlioglu - Soloists of SWR Symphony Orchestra Baden-Baden und Freiburg, Baden-Baden 2010, Freiburg 2010
  • november music – Essen 2010
  • Fiktion Okzident İstanbul 2011
  • Hommage au Mauricio Kagel Saarbrücken 2011
  • 21. / 22. European Cultural Days Karlsruhe  2012 / 2014
  • Maerz Musik Berlin 2013
  • Beethovenfest Bonn 2013
  • Wien Modern Vienna 2013
  • ECLAT Stuttgart 2014
  • Wittener Kammermusiktage fün Neue Musik Witten 2014
  • Salzburger Festspiele 2014


CDs with her works:


  • Portrait CD Zeynep Gedizlioglu ‘Kesik’ Label  col legno (2012) Sponsored by the Ernst von Siemens Music Foundation
  • ‘Durak’ for Orchester -‘Begegnung mit Beethoven’ – Beethovenfest und Deutsche Welle (2013).
  • ‘Die Wand entlang – Along the Wall’ for piano solo  -‘Listening to Istanbul  Seda Röder (2010).
  • ‘Akdenizli’ –‚The Mediterranean’ for violin, viola and piano - ‘Bir Agac Gibi’ Aysen, Birsen, Özcan Ulucan , Label Lila Müzik - Istanbul (2007)
  • String Quartet Nr.1 (2003) - New Music Art, Förderverein Junge Talente HOA235310