American pianist Evren Ozel began his musical education at age 3, taking lessons at MacPhail Center for Music in his hometown of Minneapolis, MN. He has performed with numerous orchestras including the Cleveland Orchestra, Jacksonville Symphony, RTÉ National Symphony, Minnesota Orchestra, and Boston Pops. He has taken masterclasses from Andras Schiff, Richard Goode, and Paul Lewis, as well as many other notable artists. His achievements include scholarships from the U.S. Chopin Foundation and the YoungArts Foundation, first prize at the 2016 Boston Symphony Concerto Competition, second prize at the 2016 Thomas and Evon Cooper International Competition, and second prize as well as the Mozart and Chopin special prizes at the 2018 Dublin International Piano Competition. He has performed three times on NPR’s From the Top, as a soloist and as a chamber musician, and has participated in festivals such as Marlboro Music Festival and International Mendelssohn Akademie Leipzig. He has previously studied piano with Dr. Paul Wirth, theory and composition with Dr. Sarah Miller, and conducting with Courtney Lewis. In 2014, Ozel moved to Massachusetts, attending Walnut Hill School for the Arts. After graduating from Walnut Hill in 2017, he matriculated to New England Conservatory, where he currently studies piano with Wha Kyung Byun.
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