Assistant Professor of Music; Associate Dean; Artistic Director of BSO
Işın Metin started his music education at an early age in İstanbul. He was admitted to the Bilkent University, Faculty of Music and Performing Arts in 1987 and studied composition and conducting with professors Sami Hatipoglu, İstemihan Taviloğlu, Wojciech Szalinski and Bujor Hoinic. He attended various seminars and master-‐classes and worked with imminent composer Arif Melikov.
Since 1996 he worked with prominent ensembles and orchestras around the world in Australia, Azerbaijan, China, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Montenegro, Portugal, Russia, Spain, Taiwan, Ukraine and his native Turkey. He has appeared in festivals and venues such as the Schleswig Holstein International Music Festival in Kiel, Lübeck and Hamburg, İstanbul International Music Festival as well as the Ankara, Bodrum, Mersin and Phaselis International Music Festivals and at İstanbul İş-‐sanat Concert Hall and has received high critical acclaim.
His symphonic repertoire includes a wide range of works by composers ranging from Bach to Mahler with special interest in Mozart, Beethoven, Brahms, Schumann, Tchaikovsky, Sibelius and Rachmaninov to name a few, and composers of the 20th century such as Shostakovich, Prokofiev, Ravel, Debussy, Bartok, Schoenberg, Dutilleux, Bernstein. He champions works of Turkish composers of all generations and regularly performs works by; Hasan Ferit Alnar, Yiğit Aydın, Mahir Cetiz, Ulvi Cemal Erkin, Kamran İnce, Turgut Pöğün, Cemal Reşit Rey, Fazıl Say, Ahmed Adnan Saygun, Muammer Sun, Ferit Tüzün, Hasan Uçarsu and İlhan Usmanbaş. In addition to this vast symphonic repertoire, he also conducts operas with his most recent appearance being Donizetti’s L’Elisir d’Amore with the Greek National Opera in 2011.
Metin regularly conducts the Bilkent Symphony Orchestra (Artistic Director and Conductor), Eskişehir Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra, Athens State Symphony Orchestra, Antalya State Symphony Orchestra, Azerbaijan State Chamber Orchestra, Bursa State Symphony Orchestra,Orquesta Sinfonica de la Region de Murcia, Odessa Philharmonic Orchestra, Kotorart Chamber Orchestra, Novaya Rossiya -‐ New Russia, Moscow State Symphony Orchestra, Santiago Philharmonic Orchestra, Munich Modern Ensemble, Lemberg Philharmonic Orchestra, National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine, Thessaloniki State Symphony Orchestras, Orquestra Metropolitana de Lisboa and Bilkent Modern Ensemble. Some vocal ensembles include the Ankara State Opera Chorus, Chorus of the Helenic National Opera and the Ministry of Culture and Tourism Ankara State Polyphonic Chorus.
In addition to professional ensembles, he has worked with the Bilkent Youth Chorus (European Grand Prix) during 1992-‐97 and with the Bilkent Youth Orchestra since 2005. He has conducted the World Youth Orchestra in its 2007 tour and is the co-‐founder of the Greek-‐Turkish Youth Orchestra in 2008. In 2002 he has collaborated with the city of Eskişehir, as artistic advisor and conductor to help found the most recent symphonic ensemble in Turkey the Eskişehir Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra
His soloists include pianists; Boris Berezovsky, İdil Biret, Emre Elivar, Alexander Ghindin, H.J. Lim, Gülsin Onay, Ayşegül Sarıca, Fazıl Say, Janis Vakarelis, Anika Vavic, Silver -‐ Garburg, piano duo. Guitarists; Kağan Korad, Kürşad Terci and Soner Egesel. Harpist, Şirin Pancaroğlu. Folkloric instruments; Zacharias Spyridakis, cretan lyre and Tahir Aydoğdu, kanun. Flute: Sharon Bezally. Clarinet; Nusret İspir, Sabine Meyer. Horn; Cem Akçora, Ondřej Vrabec. Trumpet; Alison Balsom, Gabor Boldoczki. Violin; Pierre Amoyal, Nicola Benedetti, Anastasia Chebotareva, Ayla Erduran, Server Ganiev, Toğrul Ganioğlu, Ilya Gringolts, Priya Mitchell, Sergiu Nastasa, Valery Oistrakh, Valeriy Sokolov, Dima Tkachenko. Viola; Atilla Aldemir, Cavid Cafer, Dov Scheindlin, Mirjam Tschopp. Violoncello; Dmitriy Cheglakov, Mischa Maisky, Gözde Yaşar. Voice; Naira Abrahamyan, Pervin Çakar, Vassiliki Karagianni, Hülya Kazan, Elena Kelessidi, soprano. Aylin Ateş, Denyce Graves, mezzo-‐ soprano. Konstantinos Klironomos, Antonis Koroneos, Ünüşan Kuloğlu, tenor. Haris Andrianos,
Dionisios Sourbis, baritone. Tassos Apostolou, Burak Bilgili, Dimitris Kassioumis, Tuncay Kurtoğlu, Beran Sertkaya, Marek Wojciechowski, bass.
Işın Metin was appointed as the Artistic Director of the Bilkent Symphony Orchestra, the prestigious permanent private ensemble in Turkey. Starting from 2003 he modified and redesigned the orchestra programming to include concerts and recordings of large-‐scale orchestral works as well as masterpieces by Turkish composers with internationally renowned artists. He carried performances of Turkish composers’ works by prominent international artists to recordings that were released by international labels. In 2004 he started the Rising Star soloists series to host young soloists (ages 5-‐ 18). Special education and social benefit concerts were also incorporated in to the programming for long-‐term cooperation with non-‐government organizations and foundations such as UNICEF, LOSEV and the Ankara, Aspendos, İstanbul and Mersin International Music Festivals. In 2009 UNICEF -‐ Turkey, has named both the Bilkent Symphony Orchestra and Işın Metin as its conductor UNICEF Goodwill Ambassadors.
Noted for its interpretations since it’s founding, the Bilkent Symphony Orchestra had recorded successful CD’s and had released them nationally through its own label the BMP. With Metin’s initiative, the orchestra started recording for prominent record labels such as EMI, CPO, Naxos and ALPHA. In 2005 the Bilkent Symphony Orchestra released its first EMI CD, thus becoming the first Turkish ensemble to reach international audiences through worldwide distributed recording labels. The orchestra now has over 50 CD’s available worldwide.
In addition to conducting concerts and recordings with the Bilkent Symphony Orchestra and abroad, Metin is also noted with his compositions. Amongst his works are the “Concerto for Violin”, Symphonies no.1 and No.2, Symphonic Movement “Intuitions”, Symphonic Sketches, String Quartets, “Music for Choir and Strings”, “Miniatures” and Suites.
In recognition of his achievements and his contributions to the artistic platform in Turkey and abroad, Metin has received prestigious awards such as the Sevda Cenap And Music Foundation “Silver Medal” and the MIMF Foundation “Hanri Atat Price”. Currently Dr. Metin is working as Asst. Prof. and Chair of Music Department, Associate Dean of the Faculty of Music and Performing Arts, Bilkent University and as Artistic Director and Conductor of Bilkent Symphony Orchestra.