Turkish composer, pianist, and conductor Erberk Eryılmaz received his education at Samsun Conservatory, Ankara State Conservatory, the Hartt School, Carnegie Mellon University, and is currently pursuing his doctoral studies at Rice University's the Shepherd School of Music.
He has collaborated with ensembles including the Presidential Symphony Orchestra of Turkey, Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, Carnegie Mellon Philharmonic, Hartt Symphony, Apollo Chamber Players, and Carpe Diem, Tesla and Del Sol String Quartets. His compositions, performances and recordings have received praise by Washington Post, Fanfare Magazine, Andante, CNN Turk, Cumhuriyet, Hürriyet, and have been featured on Turkish State Radio and American Public Media's Performance Today.
Eryılmaz has received numerous awards including BNY Mellon Award for Outstanding Artistic Achievement, the Diemente Prize and top prizes at the Van Rooy Competition for Musical Excellence, Silberman Chamber Music Competition, Carnegie Mellon University's Harry G. Archer Orchestra Composition Competition and String Quartet Composition Competition. He was also selected to participate in the Moon Arts Project which will include his work, "Was her face the moon or sunlight?", expected to be sent to the moon in 2020. This project will bring the first music to the moon.
In 2015, Erberk Eryılmaz and his wife Laura Krentzman established Hoppa Project with aims to promote music from Eastern Europe and the Middle East by performing the music of the region with a wide range of styles from folk to newly commissioned contemporary music. Hoppa Project has collaborated with varied artists such as Ismail Lumanovski, Apollo Chamber Players, Ayşe Göknur Şanal and Yiğit Kolat.
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