Erol Erdinç

Erol Erdinç
Born (1945-11-30) November 30, 1945
Iskenderun, Turkey
Occupation conductor, composer, Pianist and educator

Erol Erdinç (born 30 November 1945) is a Turkish conductor of classical music,[1] composer, pianist and educator.[2]

Early life and education

Erol Erdinç started out studying composition with Ahmed Adnan Saygun and piano with T. Çetiz at the Ankara State Conservatory. After graduating in composition he stayed on at the conservatory to teach, while also working as pianist for the Ankara Turkish State Opera and Ballet. In 1975, he went to Paris where he studied conducting under well-known musicians such as Jean Martinon at the Paris Conservatory; Pierre Dervaux at the Ecole Normale de Musique de Paris; composition with Nadia Boulanger and Pierre Petit; and accompaniment with Pierre Pontier. He also participated in master classes given by Pierre Boulez and Kirill Kondrashin.[3]


Returning to his country in 1980, Erol Erdinç became conductor at the Ankara Turkish State Opera and Ballet.[4]

Between 1983 and 2000, Erdinç was the chief conductor and musical director of the Istanbul State Symphony Orchestra as well as conducting teacher at the Istanbul University Conservatory. He then became dean of the Faculty of Music at Bilkent University, serving in this position until 2002.[3] In 2003 he became a member of the Hacettepe University Ankara State Conservatory, where he led the Composition Department and the Hacettepe Symphony Orchestra. In 2010 he created the jazz department of this music faculty.[5][6]

Erdinç has served as a jury member several times in international competitions, including the Canada International Music Competition [7] and the Enescu Conductors Competition in Romania.[8]

He produced music for the television network. In 1991, he created his own TV show on Turkish Radio and Television Corporation, the state cultural channel, in which different aspects of music were approached.[9]

As a composer and orchestrator, he has written numerous works for orchestra, choir, symphonic jazz orchestra and music for children, integrating traditional Turkish modal music, popular styles, and jazz, and creating his own musical language.[1]

As a chamber pianist, he is especially involved with jazz. While he was still a student at the Ankara Conservatory, he started to play solo piano in different formations. Many years later he introduced symphonic jazz music to Turkey, through the "Spring Concerts" with the Istanbul State Symphony.[10]

He was also guest conductor with some European, American and Latin American orchestras around the world, including Saint Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra,[11][12] Russian State Symphony Orchestra and Orchestra Sinfonica di Roma.[13][14] He has made guest appearances in France, Italy,[15] Portugal, Spain, Belgium,[16] Netherlands, Luxemburg, Poland, Hungary, Russia, Lithuania, Serbia, Azerbaijan, Belarussia, Bulgaria, Czechoslovakia, Mexico and the United States.[17] He conducted major orchestras through tours of South America, Argentina and Brazil.[18]

An internationally recognized maestro, he has at least seven CD recordings with the Saint Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra, Bilkent Symphony Orchestra and others.[3]

Between 1992 and 1995 he was artistic advisor to the Ministry of Culture. From 2011 to 2013 he was named General Director of Fine Arts at the Ministry of Culture. In the same period he was music director and chief conductor of the Presidential Symphony Orchestra.[19]

He made several CD recordings with different kinds of repertoire, including opera, symphonic music and jazz.


Erol Erdinç has received a variety of honours and awards, including:

1994 – Medal of Honour, Republic of Turkey’s 7th President Süleyman Demirel [20]

1998 – State Artist, Republic of Turkey [21]

2011 − Best Conductor of the Year award, Mavi Nota [22][23]

2012 – Artist of the Year award, Hacettepe University of Ankara[24]

2013 – Chevalier de l′Ordre des Arts et des Lettres, France [25][26]

Personal life

Erdinç has been married since 1983 to Vera Oliveira Erdinç, Brazilian pianist at Ankara State Opera and Ballet Theater.[27] They have a son, Deniz Erdinç, a music student at Bilkent University Music Faculty.


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  9. Say, Ahmet. The music makers in Turkey. pp. 103, 110, 111, 178, 179, 186, 187, 281. ISBN 975-7436-19-4.
  10. Toker, Alaz (December 10, 1998). "IDSO 1998". Hürriyet Daily News.
  11. "Erol ERDINC - Saint-Petersburg Philharmonia, Санкт-Петербургская академическая филармония".
  12. "Kerem Görsev - November in St Petersburg".
  13. "I concerti di musica classica all'Auditorium Conciliazione". House Loft Rome.
  14. redazione. "Erol Erdinc dirige Mozart, Beethoven e Caikovskij". AgoraNews.
  15. "Mozart, Beethoven e Caikovskij con l'Orchestra Sinfonica di Roma, patrocinata…".
  16. "Lisede de kilisede de büyük alkış".
  18. "ATKB Etkinliği – 2010 – Cem Duruöz Gitar Resitali". Turkish Women's League.
  19. "who's who : erol erdinc".
  22. ATTİLA AŞUT (26 July 2012). "Mavi Nota Müzik Ödülleri sahiplerini buldu".
  23. "Mavi Nota Müzik Ödülleri sahiplerini buldu".
  24. "Hacettepe Üniversitesi Ankara Devlet Konservatuvarı".
  25. "Le Chef d'Orchestre Erol Erdinç devient Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres - Aujourd'hui la Turquie". Aujourd'hui la Turquie.
  27. "Kültür Bakanlığı İstanbul Devlet Opera ve Balesi". Archived from the original on 10 December 2002.

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