Updated: Apr 8
At the Josiah Quincy Orchestra Program we are proud to have an exceptional team with a diverse background of teaching and performance experiences. When our Teaching Artists are not teaching music lessons, they are pursuing their own professional careers as active performers, composers, music producers, dancers, and the list goes on.
Most recently, our Mozart and Villa-Lobos Teaching Artist, Bengisu Gokce, was featured by Berklee School of Music. The video features her composition Inspiration performed by JQOP Teaching Artists both past and present! "Inspiration is my first composition that I originally wrote for string orchestra and solo violin," shared Bengisu. "My inspiration to write this piece came from the 20th century Turkish composers, who combined Turkish folk melodies and rhythms with a Western Classical approach. I am so honored and happy that I got to record it with these extraordinary musicians, who had also been a part of JQOP family in the past!"
"My inspiration to write this piece came from the 20th century Turkish composers, who combined Turkish folk melodies and rhythms with Western Classical approach."
Turkish born and raised, Bengisu Gokce is a multi-genre Violinist and Singer, known for combining in her music the Turkish roots with Eastern-European and Middle-Eastern traditions. As a professionally renowned performer, Gokce’s versatile playing has led her to share the stage with several music icons including Mark O’Connor, Tigran Hamasyan, Aynur Dogan, Shreya Goshal, Toninho Horta, Shankar Mahadevan, Simon Shaheen, Amal Murkus, and Pablo Ziegler to name a few.
An important note from JQOP
Bengisu is among the countless artists worldwide who believe in the power of music to foster community and creativity.
We are fortunate to have her and many other teaching artists on our staff, sharing their knowledge and love of music with JQOP children, and we’re excited about finding ways for you to get to know them through this blog and our new “Couch Concert” series.
We care deeply about our teaching artists, and the relationships they’ve established with JQOP children – not just through the current crisis, but over the long-term. Your contribution to JQOP at any level helps to support our teaching artists like Bengisu. Thank you for your support.