Nil Kocamangil, Cellist


Born in 1989 in Istanbul, one of the leading Turkish cellist of her generation, Nil Kocamangil convinced the public as well as the press with her powerful, intense and virtuoso playing, both as soloist and chamber music player. She started to play cello at the age of 9 and since then pursued her studies in the cello classes of Dilbag Tokay (MSFAUSC, Istanbul); Claus Kanngiesser (Hfmt Köln); Marc Coppey (CNSM de Paris) and Gautier Capuçon (FLV, Paris). Also she got her chamber music masters in the classes of Itamar Golan (CNSM de Paris) and  Miguel Da Silva (CRR de Paris).

Since her debut concert as a soloist with orchestra at the age of 15, she performed the important works of the cello repertoire with the orchestras such as; Mannheimer Philharmoniker, Sinfonietta Köln, Olten Philarmonie Orchestra, Oberbergisches Kreises Symphonie Orchester, Istanbul State Symphony Orchestra, Eskisehir Anatolia Symphony Orchestra, Philarmonia Istanbul, Bursa Region State Symphony Orchestra, Baskent Academic Orchestra, Mersin University Academic Orchestra. She has recorded the “Swan” of C. Saint-Saens as soloist with Mannheim Philharmoniker under the baton of Boian Videnoff for the CD called “Träumereien” which released in November 2015.

She won various awards at many international and national competitions, such as 3rd prize and Jury Special Award in “Antonio Janigro International Cello Competition” in Croatia, 1st prize and German Friendship Special Award in “International Austrian and German Music Competition“ in Bulgaria, 1st prize and the Jury Special Award in “International Young Musicians Competition” in Italy, 1st prize in “Canetti International Music Festival” in Turkey, 2nd prize in “National Cello Competition” in Turkey, 2nd prize in “International Young Musicians Classical Music Competition” in Turkey, 3rd prize in “Liezen International Cello Competition” in Austria, 3rd prize in “Nusret Kayar Cello Competition” in Turkey. Also she received the Prix du Musée Bonnat and the prize of Saint Jean de Luz - Rotary/Lions Club, in two different years she participated at the “Maurice Ravel International Music Academy”  in France. In 2015 she has been selected for the “New Masters on Tour” concert series by The Holland International Music Sessions in which she gave a recital tour in Holland including the Amsterdam Concertgebouw.

Besides of her appearances at the world famous concert venues such as Amsterdam Concertgebouw,  l’Auditorium de Fondation Louis Vuitton, Tonhalle Düsseldorf, Rosengarten Mannheim, Theater Odeon Zwolle, , Gewandhaus Leipzig, Théâtre du Chatelet, she performed as soloist and chamber musician at the outstanding festivals such as; “Istanbul Music Festival”, “Verbier Festival”, “Euregio MusikFestival”, “Gumusluk Classical Music Festival”, “Amsterdam Chamber Music Festival”, “Sommer-Schlosser Virtuosen”, “D-Marin Turgutreis International Music Festival”, “Ayvalik International Music Festival”, “Cappadoccia Music Festival” and also gave many other concerts across the Europe and America. Also she has collaborated with the renown artists such as; Isabelle van Keulen, Nina Tichman, Ellen Jewett, Atilla Aldemir, Ariadne Daskalakis among others.

At the renown academies and some workshops she had the opportunity to work with distinguished cellists such as Gary Hoffman, Frans Helmerson, Yo-Yo Ma, Steven Isserlis, Laurence Lesser, Lluis Claret, Maria Kliegel, Jens Peter Maintz, Philippe Muller, Peter Bruns among others. Also as a passionate chamber musician she worked with important artist such as Gabor Takacs Nagy, Klaus Hellwig, James Buswell, Carol Ou, Vladimir Mendelssohn, members of Ebene Quartet among others.

During her studies, she was the scholar and laureate of many foundations such as Tekfen Foundation, Turkish Education Foundation (TEV), Dr. Nejat Eczacıbası Foundation, German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), Borusan Kocabıyık Foundation, Sinfonima Foundation/Mannheim (instrument), Yehudi Menuhin Live Music Now, Association des Jeunes Talents and she was also supported by the private sponsors. She still gives concert as the scholars of Werner Richard - Dr. Carl Dörken Foundation and Villa Musica Rheinland-Pfalz.

At the moment she is continuing her career in the orchestra academy of Düsseldorfer Symphoniker where she also studies Prof. Nikolaus Trieb (Solo Cellist of Düsseldorfer Symphoniker). Her 2016/2017 season highlights are including the concerts as soloist and chamber musician in Holland, Norway (debut), Turkey and Germany.

Nil Kocamangil plays on an Italian cello (1830) kindly on loan to her by a private sponsor.

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Short Profile

NameKocamangil, Nil
Date of Birth1989-04-23
Born inTurkey, Asia
Home LocationParis, France
Main languageTurkish
Additional languages English,  German,  French 
attended UniversitiesConservatoire National Superieur de Musique et de Danse de Paris, Hochschule für Musik und Tanz Köln, Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University State Conservatory Istanbul