Meet Korkmaz Can Saglam: This Year's Recipient of Ahmet Ertegun Memorial Scholarship!

Korkmaz Can Sağlam (BM ’22, Piano) began studying piano at the age of six and gave his first recital at the age of eleven. After being accepted to Bilkent University, Music and Ballet Primary School at the age of seven, he started working with Ms. Gamze Kırtıl. He received scholarships from Sevda Cenap and Music Foundation and private sponsors. In 2018, he was accepted as a scholar of the “Young Musicians on World Stages” project created and mentored by Güher & Süher Pekinel with the financial support of Tüpraş.

Throughout the years, Can has played in masterclasses of artists including Pavel Gililov, Boris Berman, Ilya Itin, Michel Beroff and Jean-Francois Heisser. He also performed in festivals such as the Gümüşlük Classical Music Festival, Antalya Piano Festival, and Bellapais Music Festival. He has performed throughout Turkey; in Europe, he has appeared in concerts in France, Belgium, and Italy. He is also active in chamber music s, performing with his quintet at the Bilkent Chamber Music Days and several other venues. After studying with Ms. Gamze Kırtıl at the Bilkent University Music and Performing Arts High School, he studied with Antonio Pompa-Baldi and Sergei Babayan at the Cleveland Institute of Music. Korkmaz Can Sağlam continues his studies with Sergei Babayan in The Juilliard School.


Established by The American Turkish Society in 2007 in memory of Ahmet Ertegun, founder of Atlantic Records and long-time chairman of The Society, the Ahmet Ertegun Memorial Scholarship supports talented musicians of Turkish descent in their studies at The Juilliard School in New York City. The scholarship continues Mr. Ertegun’s legacy of promoting talented artists while contributing to greater cultural understanding between the United States and Turkey.


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