Naci Ozguc


Born in Ankara, Naci Ozguc comes from a musical family; both his parents are opera singers, especially his mother was the first guide on his early musical life.

He started first piano lessons at the age of 4, and then started studying music at the State Conservatory in Ankara. After the graduation from the Piano and Composition departments (1987), he was accepted to the Indiana University School of Music in Bloomington where he received his Master of Music Degree in Instrumental and Operatic Conducting, (1990).

In 1985, he studied 'German Lied an Interpretation' in Mozarteum Academy, Salzburg with Charles Spencer and took part in final recitals as accompanist.

In 1988, he became the Musical Director of Indiana University Chamber Opera Company for two successive years. During this time, his conducting included Mozart's 'L'Impresario' and Rossini's 'La Cambiale di Matrimonio'.

He studied with Lorin Maazel in Pittsburgh, with Jiri Belohlavek in Zlina and with Ferdinand Leitner in Siena where he was awarded to the 'Diploma of Merit' and conducted the Russe Philharmonic Orchestra for a concert in Teatro dei Rinnovati.

As conductor of the Ankara State Opera and Ballet Company since 1990, Ozguc held the positions of, Assistant to the Chorus Master (1990-92), Chief Coach (1992-93), Assistant to the Music Director (1993-94) and General Music Director (1994-95).  During this period he premiered a large operatic and ballet repertoire including the rarely staged operas, Mozart's 'Zaide' and  Weill's 'The Rise and the fall of the city Mahagonny'. His conducting included also a wide range of symphonic repertoire with the Istanbul, Izmir, Bursa, Antalya State Symphony Orchestras, Bilkent University Academic Symphony as well as the Presidential Symphony in Ankara.

In 1994, he conducted Tchaikowsky's 'The Sleeping Beauty' and Mozart's 'Don Giovanni' in Ankara State Opera and with these productions he was awarded to the 'Best Conductor of the Year' by the 'National Theatre, Opera and Ballet Foundation' (TOBAV).

He was invited to the Aspendos International Opera and Ballet Festival in Antalya for three successive years between 1994 and 1996 to conduct, Mozart's 'Die Entfuhrung aus dem Serail', Tuzun's 'The Ears of Midas', Adam's 'Le Corsaire' and Orff's 'Carmina Burana'.

In 1998, he recorded live the five piano concertos of Beethoven with Bilkent University Academic Symphony Orchestra featuring the world known pianist Idil Biret. These CD's have been published in December 1999.

In 2000, he completed his professional perfection course in the field of 'Italian Opera' in Accademia AIDA in Rome with Maestro Bruno Aprea.

In 2001, he conducted the World Premiere of 'NAZIM' an oratorio for soloists, full choir and orchestra composed by world-known composer and pianist Fazil Say, with the collaboration of the Presidential Symphony orchestra, State and TRT choirs.

The world premieres Ozguc has conducted includes Sabri Tuluğ Tırpan' s symphonic poem: "MEVLANA – SİMYACI". Ozguc premiered the work on March 29, 2007 with the contribution of Bursa Region Symphony Orchestra featuring Sabri Tuluğ Tırpan, Ziya Azazi, and Sertab Erener.

His interpretation of A. A. Saygun's oratorio Yunus Emre in Osnabrück/Germany in December 2011 was chosen as the "Best Foreign Recording" of the year and recorded as CD. Ozguc is invited to Morgenland Festival in Osnabrück every year since then. He worked as arranger, conductor and  Music Director in Beijing and Shanghai in March 2013 for the occasion of Turkish year in China.

In 2014, he was awarded as the Best Conductor of the Year by LIONS Confederation in Turkey.

In Summer 2014, he conducted the world premiere of Fazil Say's Hermias/The Boy on a Dolphin stagework with the Presidential Symphony Orchestra during the 10th D-Marin International Classical Music Festival.

Following his posts as the General Music Director at the State Opera and Ballet in Ankara between 2007 – 2009,  Istanbul State Symphony orchestra between 2009 – 2012 and State Opera and Ballet in Istanbul between 2013 - 2015, he returned to Ankara State Opera and Ballet as Conductor.

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