Emre Şener among the composers of the ‘200 Pieces’ project

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Emre Şener is among the composers to participate in the “200 Pieces” project which will mark the bicentenary celebrations of the Royal Academy of Music in the United Kingdom

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The Royal Academy of Music, one of the top five music schools in the world, commissioned 200 musicians to compose pieces to mark the occasion.

Emre Şener, who studies composition at the academy, is among those 200 musicians who include renowned composers Hans Abrahamsen, Sir George Benjamin, Sally Beamish and Daniel Kidane.

The world premiere of Şener’s piece will take place at the Duke’s Hall of the Royal Academy of Music on July 8 and will then be launched on the special website dedicated to the “200 Pieces” project.

Şener was one of two students admitted to the Royal Academy of Music in 2020 to pursue studies in composition and contemporary music.

“It’s tempting to look to the past, but we want to highlight the Academy’s work in its third century,” Academy Director Jonathan Freeman Attwood said of the 200 Pieces project.

The Royal Academy of Music was founded in 1822 and admitted its first student in 1823.

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Alumni of the academy, which received its royal charter in 1830, include Sir Simon Rattle, Sir Harrison Birtwistle, Sir Elton John and Annie Lennox.

Award-winning composer

Şener was a guest artist in the 2021 season of the ‘Paris Youth Music Society’ and conducted his own piece at the Paris Conservatoire last year. He was also invited to the ‘Les Journées de Pont ar Gler’ festival in May.

He won the Ataneo de la Laguno composition prize in Spain.

His award-winning work will be performed at the Auditorio de Tenerife in the Canary Islands on June 17.

The Turkish musician will take part in the Masterclasses this summer as a student of Salvatore Sciarrino and Stefano Gervasoni.

His future performances also include the International Contemporary Ensemble of Valencia.

Şener founded the London Contemporary Soloists, together with another Turkish composer, Cem Güven, who is doing a master’s degree at the Royal Academy of Music.

The ensemble mainly focuses on the interpretation of new music, the organization of calls for scores for composers around the world and the creation and performance of contemporary music.

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