Ali Can Puskulcu
Turkish-American composer and violinist Ali Can Puskulcu has been recently awarded a Charles Ives Scholarship Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters and ASCAP/SEAMUS Commission Competition. His other accolades include Fromm Foundation Commission from Harvard University and a Copland House Residency Award. His debut album “Gibberish Shreds” was released by New Focus Recordings, and he also performed the “Gibberish Shreds Vol. 1,” from his album, at the MATA Festival in New York City. Ali’s chamber music piece “Wired” was premiered by wild-Up ensemble at Los Angeles Philharmonic’s Noon to Midnight series in Walt Disney Hall. He has also received the ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composer Award for his ensemble piece “Broken,” and as a chosen composer, he performed his solo violin piece “Point G” at Lincoln Center in New York City. Additional performances took place at Gaudeamus Muzikweek (Netherlands), Saint-Martin-Vésubie (France), Rutgers University, and the University of Southern California.
In 2007, Ali entered the Robert Schumann Musikhochschule in Dusseldorf, Germany under the instruction of Professor Ida Bieler. In 2010 he was invited to the renowned Schwetzingen Festspiele as a guest artist to perform music by contemporary Turkish composers. In July 2012, Ali graduated from the violin class of distinguished pedagogue, Rosa Fain. He holds both a Bachelor and Master of Arts Diploma from the Robert Schumann Musikhochschule. In March 2013 Ali made his Carnegie Hall debut as the Second Prize Winner of the American Protégé Strings and Piano Competition. He was the winner of the Ereprijs Commission at YCM 2017 and wrote a new piece for Orkest de Ereprijs, which was premiered in March 2018.
Ali completed his Master of Music in music composition at the University of Southern California under the guidance of Andrew Norman and Donald Crockett. He is currently a Ph.D. candidate in composition at Brandeis University.