Ayşegül Sarıca

Ayşegül Sarıca started studiying the piano at the İstanbul Conservatoire. Later she continued her studies under Lıucette Descaves (piano) and Pierre Pasquier (chamber music) at the Conservatoire National de Paris, graduating in 1953 with a First Prize. She continued her studies in Paris with Marguerite Long and was awarded Prix de la Ville de Paris at the Marguerite Long-Jacques Thibaud Competition in 1959. She has performed with the prestigious conductors such as Dervaux, Ancerl, Fourestier, Wallberg and Fistoulari. She has also appeared in recitals and played with virtuosi including Navarra, Ferras and Schiff. Ayşegül Sarıca has been the resident soloist of the Presidential Symphony Orchestra since 1968. Sarıca has been given ‘Chevalier de I’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres’ by the French Ministry of Culture in 1974. She recorded Cemal Reşit Rey’s ‘Katibim’ variations with Hungarian State Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Hikmet Şimşek in 1991.

Other recordings by the artist are; Grieg, Debussy and Franck’s sonatas for violin and piano she has performed with Ayla Erduran, Mozart’s concertos no. 15 and 23 with Ankara Chamber Orchestra conducted by Gürer Aykal, Beethoven’s concertos no. 3 and 4 with Presidential Symphony Orchestra and Shumann’s La Minor Piano Concerto with Bilkent Symphony Orchestra. She also has a recital recording including Moments Musicaux series of Schubert and Rachmaninov. Sarıca who has been a jury member in several international piano competitions, has been honoured by the title State Artist of Turkey in 1971.