The Story of Uyghur Composer and Pianist Guldiyar Tanrıdaglı

At the age of 5, she came to Turkey from East Turkestan with her family.[1] She received ballet training at her mother Gülzade Tanrıdağlı’s ballet and dance school in Istanbul.[2] After graduating from elementary school, she entered the Istanbul State Conservatory affiliated with Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University. She studied piano under Nurferi Onur and Perim Hamidoglu. She gave her first concert with an orchestra at the age of 14, performing Mozart’s Concerto for Two Pianos with Can Okan, accompanied by the MSGSU Youth Orchestra.[3]

After completing her conservatory education, she went to Austria for a master’s degree in concert piano performance.[4] She graduated from the Concert Piano Department of the Universität Mozarteum Salzburg.[1] During her master’s program, she also received training in film music.[5] In the same period, she worked as a dancer and classical ballet instructor at the Salzburg Sead Dance University.

During her education, she gave numerous concerts, especially in Austria and Turkey, and contributed to albums. She won awards in national and international competitions she participated in.[3] She also took part in dance performances with the Contemporary Ballet Company and participated in festivals.[3]

After staying in Austria for eight years, she returned to Turkey. She worked as a lecturer at the conservatories of Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University and Maltepe University. In May 2015, she released the album “Rachmaninov Anatolian Project” on the Kalan Muzik label.[6] On this album, she performed Rachmaninov’s works together with traditional Anatolian instruments[2] and tried to trace the melodies possibly originating from the composer’s Tatar roots in these works.[7]

From 2016 onwards, she composed music for TV series, films and documentaries. Some of the productions she composed music for include Babam, Koca Koca Yalanlar, Kapı, Kurşun, Baba and Yalı Çapkını, and she contributed to Ekşi Elmalar.[8][9]

The artist, who generally ends her concerts in Europe by playing folk songs, brought together seven folk songs she arranged for various instruments, three of which are for solo piano, in her 2018 album “Mülhem”. In her works, she focused on the artistic interaction between East and West[10] and stated that she worked to spread Turkish folk music worldwide with her arrangements.[11]

In 2020, she composed the original music for the 11-part documentary “Kadınımızın Hatıra Defteri” by Nebil Özgentürk.[2]

In 2021, she released a single album titled “Çiçekçi Seyhan” together with the singer Feryal Öney. The album was prepared to keep alive the name of a florist named Seyhan who was killed by her husband who was released from prison, and to draw attention to femicides, in the Feneryolu neighborhood of Kadikoy.[12]

In 2023, she released the album “Rachmaninov Works for Cello & Piano” together with cellist Çağlayan Çetin. The first live performance of the works on the album took place in a concert at Süreyya Opera House.

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