Zeynep Alpan is the 2017 &2018 Ahmet Ertegun Scholar at the Juilliard School of Music where she is studying for her master’s degree. Zeynep began studying the violin at the age of 5 as part of her music therapy treatment for her diagnosis of speech delay and Auditory Processing Disorder. Almost immediately after being introduced to the violin, Zeynep started to speak. Then, at the early age of 12, Zeynep made her orchestral debut, performing Mendelssohn’s violin concerto with the Istanbul Symphony Orchestra. She is a prizewinner in many competitions and was awarded the Ataturk Youth Achievement by the Ataturk Society of America in 2015. She has also performed at Carnegie Hall, the Aspen Festival, and the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra.