Masis Aram Gozbek

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Born in 1987, İstanbul. Started out playing the harmonica at the age of 3, started singing with the church choir at 7. Formed his first band in Besiktas Anatolian High School and won the first prize in 2004 at a competition called the “Battle of the Bands (vol. VI)”. He won the third prize at KASDAV music competition among highschools with his arrangement in 2005 and between 2005 and 2007 he carried on singing with Turkish National Radio Choir. He took place at Alexander Markov’s Rock Concerto in 2006 in Istanbul and played the keyboard with the rock band 2 days in a row. He attended the “Musicateneo” festival in Italy with the Bosphorus University Classical Music Choir, in 2007. The same year he started conducting the Bosphorus University Jazz Choir with which he also sang between 2005 and 2007 and with that group he attended many festivals including the 15th International Istanbul Jazz Festival, 18th Akbank Jazz Festival and 7th Jazz Musicians’ Festival. He also gigged with Sertab Erener. (eurovision 2003 winner) He managed to get the “silver diplom” at the most prestigious a cappella contest in the world called “Vokal.Total” both in pop and jazz categories. After taking part at the 7th Jazz Musicians’ Festival, these 5 people were named as “Istanbul Essence”. In July 2010 with BUMC Jazz Choir, he also attended to the biggest and the most prestigious choral music organisation "WORLD CHOIR GAMES - Shaoxing 2010" in China, which hosted more than 450 choirs from 90 countries and nearly 40000 participants, and returned back to Turkey with 3 gold diplomas from the 3 categories: mixed chamber choirs, musica contemporenea, jazz. He attended some choral workshops as conducted by Elisenda Carrasco i Ribot, Bernd Spitzbarth and Wim Van Herk. In 2009, one of his compositions called "Dante's Last Day" was played in 3. Young Composers Festival. He also attended to the choral conducting masterclass, "European Academy For Young Choral Conductors" directed by Johannes Prinz in Graz, Austria. In 2010, he attended to the composition masterclass "5th International Workshop for Young Composers" in Latvia and got the chance to study with some composers such as Par Lindgren, Richard Ayres and David Lang. The same year, he also attended to the choral conducting masterclasses directed by Volker Hempfling in Germany and Denes Szabo in Hungary. He quit studying Math at Bosphorus University and was accepted at Yildiz Technical University, Music and Performing Arts, Composition. The following year, he was accepted at Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University Conservatory, Composition and Orchestral Conducting. Recently, he’s still conducting Bosphorus University Jazz Choir, Istanbul Essence -also singing- and working with Yasemin Mori (a famous Turkish rock singer), Bosphorus University Classical Music Choir and several bands. He also carries on with his composition studies with Ozkan Manav at MSGSU Conservatory and with Emre Dündar.

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