"The young woman with an exceptional charisma, demonstrates her personality through her magnificent performance"
des Harpistes et Amis de la Harpe
(Newsletter December 2016)
Gunes Hizlilar was born in Istanbul, Turkey. She has been described by the musical authorities as "who has a deep intellect of music and one of the major talents of the current harp world". She has already participated in many concerts and competitions around the world. When she was only 14, she won the 1st prize under the 21 years old's category in Marcel Tournier International Harp Competition in Italy. She also had the 1st Prize in International Harp Academy Competition in Germany in 2016, 2nd prize in Slovene International Harp Competition 2013, 3rd Prize in Martin Geliot International Harp Contest in Paris in 2016, 3rd Prize in Franz Josef-Reinl, Stiftung Competition in Vienna and the honor prize in Ksenia Erdely Golden Key International Harp Competition 2012 in Russia.
Recently, she performed with Austrian Modern Music Ensemble during the Taschenoper Festival in Salzburg. Where she also performed the world premier of "Mundbogenrelikte" for solo harp by Gerhard E. Winkler. Also Junge Deutsche Philharmonie, she toured around Europe and South America, performed in world reknown venues such as Berlin Philharmonic, Alte Oper Frankfurt, Sala Sao Paulo.
She has been invited to participate as the principal harpist in the Pacific Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Arthur Arnold in Powell River, Canada, BC during the Pacific Region International Summer Music Academy 2015. Beside of performing in the orchestra she has been succesfully participated in Concerto Competition organized by PRISMA and she has been selected to perform as a soloist with the Pacific Philharmonic Orchestra. During her participation in this academy she has been supported by the Rotary Club of Fatih, İstanbul.
She has participated in the orchestras such as; Istanbul University State Conservatory Symphony Orchestra, Eskisehir Metropolitan Orchestra, Mozarteum University Orchestra, Oper im Berg Festival Orchestra and Badreichenhall Philharmonic and took part in festivals around the world as Beethoven Fest and FIMU Fest. The conductors she has been worked are Juan Garcia Rodriguez, Bruno Weil, Ramiz Melik Aslanov, Arthur Arnold, Ender Sakpınar and Gernot Sahler. Also she took a part in a CD recording project with the conductor Avlana Eisenberg, violin soloist Zina Schiff and Salzburg Chamber Soloists.
She had started her music education when she was 11 at the University of Istanbul State Conservatory in the harp department under the Ms. Umit Tunak and Yonca Ozkan. She gave her debut recital when she was 17 in Dogus University then continued to give many solo and chamber music recitals throughout the world. She has been selected to attend to the Harp Masters Academy in Switzerland with a scholarship provided by the "Association of the Art of the Harp" in Turkey, it was given in a memory of Turkish harpist Ceren Necipoğlu who passed away in a plane crush.
She has also participated in a lot of fellow harpists's masterclasses such as Isabelle Moretti, Godelieve Schrama, Carl Swanson, Jana Bouskova, Nancy Allen, Alice Giles, Margareth Köll... Since 2015 October, she is continuing her education in the Mozarteum University of Salzburg in the class of Prof. Stephen Fitzpatrick with the scholarship provided by the Mozarteum University as well as by Modern Education Foundation's Young Talents project. Since 2017 this project sponsored by QNB Finansbank. She is giving concerts in Turkey and Europe regularly as one of the Yehudi Menuhin Foundation's "Live Music Now" artists.