An outstanding pianist of his generation, Burak Çebi has been captivating an ever-larger public with his poetic, introspective approach to music making. His playing is marked by tonal perfection, subtly structured voicing and a range of moods and colours, allowing meditative moments to unfold, for example, in the late piano sonatas of Beethoven and in Chopin’s Nocturnes.
Since his recent successes in competitions in Italy, Spain, and Turkey, the Berlin-based artist has already made guest appearances in practically all of Turkey’s major concert halls. Recent performances in Munich, Berlin, and Hamburg were received with enthusiasm, and the coming season will include engagements at the Laieszhalle Hamburg, the Gewandhaus Leipzig, and the Berlin Philharmonic, among other venues.
Çebi hails from a Turkish family of musicians with deep and extensive roots in the Western classical tradition. Although he received his first music lessons at the age of five, it was not until age 12 that he began to train as a pianist at the state conservatory in Izmir. He completed his musical studies at the Hochschule für Musik in Nuremberg, earning a soloist diploma. He was awarded first prize in the Orchestra Sion International Piano Competition in 2013 in İstanbul, second prize in Forum Orihuela 2016 in Spain and second prize at IMA Inharmonia 2016 in Rimini, Italy.
He attended the master classes of Abdel Rahman El-Bacha, Werner Bärtschi, Filippo Gamba, Bernd Glemser, and Jura Margulis. His collaboration with two artists, which played an important role as a mentor, held a significant place in his career: Turkish pianist and state artist Hüseyin Sermet, and Jean-Francois Antonioli, Swiss-Italian pianist and pedagogue, with whom he did several master-classes.
His hometown Izmir also provided the setting for his solo and orchestra debuts, the latter with the Izmir Symphony Orchestra, playing Beethoven’s 4th piano concerto under the direction of Ibrahim Yazici in 2007. He gave recitals and chamber music concerts in Berlin (Philharmonie, Haus des Rundfunks, Französischer Dom), Hamburg (Laeiszhalle), Leipzig (Gewandhaus), Dresden (Piano Salon) , München (Steinway-Haus), Ankara (Bilkent Concert Hall, Staatsphilarmonie), Istanbul (Notre Dame de Sion, CRR Concert Hall), Izmir (Saygun Concert Hall, Hikmet Simsek Hall), Bayreuth (Steingräber-Haus), Fürth (Stadttheater), Ingolstadt, Trier, Ludwigshafen, Bamberg and many other cities. He participated in events such as the „Klavier Akademie Freiburg 2011“, „Geza-Anda-Klaviertage 2011“, „Heidelberger Frühling 2010“, International Chamber Music Courses in Schaffhausen (Switzerland), Piano Festival „Chance 2009“ in Tegernsee among others. In his recital at the world-renowned Reitstadel concert hall in Neumarkt-Oberpfalz on the occasion of the bicentennial of Schumann’s birth in 2010, Çebi played a full Schumann programm and gained critical acclaim.
Burak Çebi who won also prizes in the context of the international piano competition held in Steinway-Haus Munich in 2008 and Mozart Chamber Music Competition in Nürnberg has also been awarded scholarschips from DAAD, Sparda Bank Nürnberg, Berlin Gotthard-Schierse Fund and Richard Wagner Assocciation.
He is currently based in Berlin and Munich.