Zeynep Aydin

Zeynep Aydın was first introduced to music at the age of nine when she began violin lessons with Belgin Aydın. Because of her special interest in different instruments, she decided to teach herself how to play the piano while also continuing her classical studies with Elena Chekich, who was her mentor for a while.

At the age of 11, after being accepted to the Uludağ University Bursa State Conservatory, she started practicing viola with the help of Prof. Dr. Görkem Çalgan. By the age of 14, she had acquired comprehensive knowledge of these two instrumental families.

In high school, Zeynep formed a musical quartet which focused on performing jazz, funk, blues and rock classics along with three of her friends. The school orchestra, which she was also a part of (keyboards and back vocals), was awarded for the first and the second Best Performance respectively in the 20th and the 21st Fizy Inter High Schools Music Competition. Zeynep made all the arrangements including contrary motion scales, challenging arpeggios, brass solo section, the double modulation part, funk-Latin rhythm section, and jazzy 9/11 chords for a piece played in the 21st Fizy Inter High Schools Music Competition.

At this time she also developed an interest in the different kinds of rhythms she had discovered through different musicians such as Tigran Hamasyan, Avishai Cohen, Jacob Collier, Chris Potter, Sting, Ediz Hafızoğlu and Snarky Puppy. She also has an interest in improvisational techniques which derives from her fascination with jazz. Zeynep was a student at Galatasaray High School when she was accepted to the Berklee School of Music's Summer Performance Program. Her goal is to continue learning about the different aspects of jazz and to play Turkish-Armenian fusion jazz. 

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