RUYA TANER, acknowledged as one of the Turkey´s new generation leading concert pianists and a steinway artist, is originally from Turkish Republic of North Cyprus. Her musical training began with her father, which followed studies at Ankara State Conservatoire with Mithat Fenmen and Tulga Cetiz. At the age of 11, highly Gifted Children Act enabled Taner to gain a state scholarship to London, where she studied with Joan Havill at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, gaining both degrees from AGSM and ARCM from The Royal College of Music and the rarely given Concert Recital Diploma.
Throughout her student years, she participated in many master classes including Pascal Devoyon (London) and Pascal Roge (Nice), after which she performed together at Bellapais Festival in Northern Cyprus. A prize winner of many national festivals around the United Kingdom, which include first prize at “National Mozart Piano Competition, Oxford and Hatfield“ festivals, in which she was praised by critics for her interpretation of Franz Liszt and later at her London Wigmore Hall debut recital.
Since her debut at The Wigmore Hall, she appeared at London’s St John s Smith Square, Fairfield Hall and major venues within the U.K. She has toured extensively over almost 70 countries in Europe, USA, Asia and the Gulf region, giving solo recitals, chamber music and concerto performances.
Taner has performed with the leading State and private orchestras in Ankara, Istanbul, Izmir, Antalya, Bursa, Adana and Mersin ,The Turkish Armed Forces Band orchestra in Turkey, Sofia Philharmonic Orchestra , Plovdiv Philharmonic Orchestra, Molovian National Symphony Orchestra, MAV Orchestra in Hungary, Philharmonic orchestras in Belgium, Ukraine, Sarajevo, Macedonia, Greece, Belarus, Pakistan, Azerbaijan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan and Kyrgyzstan and The Royal Oman Symphony Orchestra. Her performances abroad have been broadcasted on national radio and television in Northern Cyprus, Italy, Slovakia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Macedonia, Azerbaijan, Turkey & TRNC.
As well as furthering her solo career ,Taner has dedicated more time to chamber music, giving performances with the new generation soloist and two piano recitals with “ADAP” (Association for Artists United for Peace) musicians, of which she is a permanent member.
Her recordings of “Wigmore Hall Debut Recital” live in London and “Sweet Waters of Europe” recorded at the Rudolfinum in Prague, received much acclaim from the press and music lovers around the world.
DINCER ÖZER - began his musical training with his father Erdem Özer,after which he was excepted to further his musical studies at the Ankara State Conservatoire in Turkey with
Muzaffer Erberik and Hasim Yedican.
During his solo studentship as an undergraduate,he gave many performances with percussion groups,which he later became a permanent member.
After his successful graduation from the Percussion department,he gained a position at the Presidential Symphony Orchestra where he became a member of the percussion group.
Özer was awarded first prize at 'Mediterranean Youth Orchestra (France)and performed here as the leader of the percussion group,participated in many masterclasses abroad including the renowned percussionist Sylvic Gualdo (France) Jazz musician S.Saunders Smith (USA),Symphonic music with Dannis Kain and Rock music with Kenneith Anoff .He was
very much acclaimed by the American press.
He won first prize to obtain a scholarship by the Swiss Government to study Baget percussion
with Yves Bruestaux,Mallet percussion with William Blanc and Latin percussion with John Mayer in Geneva.
Amongst his musical duties at the Presidential Symphony Orchestra in Ankara,Özer also continues to give solo performances which includes works such as Bela Bartok Concerto for two piano and percussion ,performing with Swiss Roman Orchestra,International Geneva Percussion Group and CD and TV recording projects in Turkey and abroad.
Touring extensively with the Presidential Orchestra around the world,he still provides quality time to new projects,adopting Turkish melodies and rhythms to keyboard percussion
instruments,performing as a duo with his percussionist brother Soner Özer,modern dance and folk dance companies.
Currently a faculty lecturer at Gazi University in Fine Arts High School where he shares his musical knowledge and promotes young talents while organizing a percussion festival which celebrates its 7th anniversary this year.