HASAN UÇARSU (b 1965 )
Hasan Uçarsu was born in Istanbul in 1965. He studied composition with Ahmet Adnan Saygun at Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University (MSFAU) Istanbul State Conservatory, where he earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in composition in 1990 and 1992 respectively. He completed his doctorate in composition in 1997 at The University of Pennsylvania, USA, with George Crumb and Richard Wernick. Since then, he has been teaching at MSFAU Istanbul State Conservatory. As a composer, his main concern is to create an original musical language with a special emphasis on personality and identity. To this end, he utilises novel compositional techniques to develop a musical aesthetic which represents the sounds, geography and cultures of his homeland.