Born in Izmir/Turkey (4 December1977), Zeynep Gedizlioğlu studied composition with Cengiz Tanç in Istanbul, Theo Brandmüller in Saarbrücken, Ivan Fedele in Strasbourg, and Wolfgang Rihm in Karlsruhe, in addition to music theory with Michael Reudenbach. She received numerous scholarships, such as State Graduate Scholarship Saarland, the Wolfgang Rihm Scholarship of the Hoepfner Foundation (2008), scholarship from the Baden-Württemberg Art Foundation (2010), Artists-in-Residence-Programms KulturKontakt Austria (2018) and Herrenhaus Edenkoben in Germany (2019). In 2005, she won the Grant-in-Aid Prize of the Franz Liszt Scholarship in Weimar. She worked at IRCAM on electroacoustic music in Paris (2010-2011) and gave masterclasses in composition at the Bilkent University Ankara, Hochschule für Musik Karlsruhe, Musik21 Niedersachsen in Hannover and at Jeunesse Musical Deutschland in Weikersheim.


Her compositions were performed at international festivals such as Istanbul Music Festival, Musica Strasbourg, ISCM World New Music Days, Maerz Musik, Ultraschall Berlin, Beethovenfest Bonn, Eclat Stuttgart, Wien Modern, Wittener Tage für Neue Kammermusik, Salzburger Festspiele, Musikprotokoll Steirischer Herbst Graz, cresc Biennale in Frankfurt and G((o))ng Tomorrow in Copenhagen, and Festival SoundState in London. Her music has been broadcasted on radios such as the Deutschlandradio Kultur, SR2 Kultur Radio, Açık Radyo Istanbul, Radio France, SWR2, SRF2 Kultur, hr2 Kultur, Ö1/ORF, and many others. She works with the Borusan Istanbul Philharmonic Orchestra, Radio Symphony Orchestra Vienna, Bilkent Symphony Orchestra, hr-sinfonieorchester, Ensemble Modern, ensemble recherche, Accroche Note, Ensemble Orchestral Contemporain, Neue Vocalsolisten Stuttgart, Aleph Gitarrenquartett, Ensemble 2e2m, Oenm, Klangforum Wien and the Arditti Quartet; with conductors Emilio Pomarico, Johannes Kalitzke, Oswald Sallaberger, Gürer Aykal, Titus Engel, Ilan Volkov, and Jonathan Stockhammer, who have premiered many of her works.


Zeynep Gedizlioğlu received the prestigious Ernst von Siemens Composers’ Prize in 2012, the Composer of the Year Prize of the 5th Donizetti Music Awards Istanbul in 2014 and was nominated for the Deutsche Musikautoren Preis in 2016 in the category Music for Ensemble. In 2018, she received the Heidelberg Female Artist Prize (Heidelberger Künstlerinnenpreis) for her entire compositional work. She is awarded by the jury of Akademie der Künste, with the ‚Kunstpreis Berlin‘ in the Section Music in 2019. Zeynep Gedizlioglu currently lives and works as a freelance composer in Berlin.




  • Verbinden und Abwenden portrait CD (Edition Zeitgenössische Musik – Wergo, 2020)
  • Kesik portrait CD (col legno, sponsored by Ernst von Siemens Music Foundation, 2012)
  • Akdenizli and Susma in Hezarfen Ensemble’s Of Light and Shadows CD (Çağsav Müzik, 2015)
  • Durak in Begegnung mit Beethoven CD (Beethovenfest and Deutsche Welle, 2013)
  • Along the Wall in Seda Röder’s Listening to Istanbul CD (A.K. Müzik, 2010)
  • Akdenizli in Ulucan Trio’s Bir Ağaç Gibi CD (Lila Müzik, 2009)
  • String Quartet No. 1 in New Music Art CD (2004)