Speech Title: Piano as an instrument of cultural interaction between nations and races
Doctor in Musicology at National Music Academy by P. I. Tchaikovsky, Kiev, Ukraine in 2002. He is a professor of Music and Choreography in South Ukrainian State Pedagogical University, Odessa, Ukraine. He participated as a lecturer in more than 40 conferences and symposiums in Germany, Romania, Finland, China, Russia, Ukraine, Moldova, Georgia, Armenia, and Byelorussia. Most recent reports and appearances include: Fourth International Conference “Problems of the Theory and Technique of Teaching of the Musical Analysis”, Central Conservatory of Music , Beijing, China, 2005, International Conference “History of Urban Music in Central Europe and East Europe. The music of the Religious Communities around 1900”, Leipzig University, Germany, 2004, and International Conference “Transformation of Music Education”, Odessa, Ukraine, 2004.
Born in 1970 in Ankara, Türev Berki completed his piano education as a student of Elif and Bedii Aran at the Aran Music Centre, established by these renowned duo-pianists. He was awarded the first prize at the 29th International Steinway Piano Competition organized in Berlin in 1982. Berki also ranked among top five prize winners at the Senigallia International Piano Competition held in Italy in 1983. Türev Berki was the first Turkish pianist to be invited to the Sopot Music Festival in Poland in 1990. In 1993, he gave a recital in Washington D. C. as a cultural ambassador to the United States of America within the framework of the events marking the 70th anniversary of the Turkish Republic. His performance at the world-famous Carnegie Hall of New York in 2001, as part of the Moons and Stars Project, received great reviews. 1991 was the year when Berki decided to continue his career from a different perspective and with a different intensity as a pianist and a music theoretician. Born to a mathematician father and a lawyer mother teaching at university, this decision grew out of his lifelong interest in scientific work and a lifestyle as an academician as well as his passion for understanding music. In 1997, with the academic coaching of Prof. Dr. Ali Uçan, he completed six years’ work on his doctoral dissertation entitled A Framework Cadenza Model on Mozart’s Piano Concertos, to be a clarification of Mozart’s view of cadenza and received with great enthusiasmamong scientific and artistic circles. This different identity both as a performer and a scientist paved for Berki to be acclaimed in 1998 as the Outstanding Young Person of Turkey in the field of Culture by Junior Chamber International, one of the world’s largest career organizations, and to be awarded the Hacettepe University Art Prize in 2008. Berki continues to work on musical analysis and systematic musicology as a professor in the Department of Musicology, Ankara State Conservatoire, Hacettepe University.