Zeynep Toraman is a composer and scholar from Istanbul, Turkey, living and working in Berlin, Germany. Her practice-based research explores the ways in which texts (in the broadest sense of this word) can interact with one another within the larger framework of musical compositions, by way of thinking of her own library as an archive, and enfolding autobiography, poetry, fiction and history within her works.
Past and recent collaborators include Lauren Cauley, ELISION Ensemble, Ensemble Linea, Quatuor Diotima, Distractfold Ensemble, Ensemble Adapter, Amie Weiss and Nicola Barbieri, Noam Bierstone, and the Wet Ink Ensemble. Her music has been performed at festivals such as as Darmstadt Ferienkurse (Darmstadt, Germany), Summer Academy Schloss Solitude (Stuttgart, Germany ), IRCAM ManiFeste (Paris, France) and Wet Ink Large Ensemble Readings (New York, NY). Her research has been supported by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD).
Zeynep taught at the Institute for Electronic Music and Acoustics (IEM) at the University of University of Music and Performing Arts Graz and she completed her PhD in Music Composition at Harvard University in 2023, where she studied with Chaya Czernowin, Hans Tutschku and John Hamilton.
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