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FÜREYA ÜNAL, Instructor in Music

Fureya UnalFüreya Ünal was born in Istanbul where she started playing the piano at
the age of 3 1/2. Her formal music education began at Istanbul University
State Conservatory when she was five years old. In 1995-1996 she studied
in Monaco with State Artist Hüseyin Sermet at the Monaco Music Academy.
After graduating with honors from the Istanbul University State
Conservatory in 1996, she gave her recital at the 2nd International Piano
Festival at Cemal Resit Rey Concert Hall. She also performed at the
closing concert with State Artist Huseyin Sermet and French pianist Eric
LaSage. Ünal received two Master¹s degrees: her first Master¹s degree was
granted from Istanbul Conservatory; her second from the Hochschule für
Musik und Darstellende Kunst Frankfurt am Main. During her education,
Ünal studied with many renowned teachers such as Irina Zaritskaya,
Mikhail Voskresenski, Anatol Ugorski, and Leontina Margulis. In 1998 she
was admitted to the class of Arkady Aronov at the Manhattan School of
Music. In 1999 she was granted a full scholarship by the Turkish
Educational Foundation to study in Frankfurt, Germany with Catherine
Vickers, a student of Paul Badura-Skoda and Alfred Brendel. After
completing her studies in Germany, Ünal became a member of Faculty at
Yildiz Technical University.  In 2003 she gave a recital at the Spectral
Music Festival in Istanbul, performing works by Jonathan Harvey, Messiaen
and Walicki. A recording of this concert can be found in various
libraries throughout Europe.

Being an avid chamber musician, Ünal has collaborated with many musicians
from around the globe. As a part of the Unal Korkmaz flute-piano duo, she
has given concerts and master classes in Istanbul as well as the United
States, premiering works by contemporary composers. She has performed at
the New Music Festival at California State University Fullerton numerous
times, sharing the stage with famous composer Fred Rzewski, and pianists
Gloria Cheng, Ursula Oppens, and Kathie Supove.

Ünal is a Faculty member at California State University Fullerton. She
has been teaching for over 20 years at schools in Istanbul, Germany and
the United States. Her students have won numerous competitions and
festivals. Ünal has given a number of concerts and recitals in Turkey,
Germany, Monaco, France, Bulgaria, Italy, Portugal, Switzerland, and the
United States, both as a solo artist, accompanist, and ensemble player.
She was a recipient of Cultural Exchange Fellowship in 2012 given by the
Turkish Cultural Foundation to give concerts and master classes in The
People¹s Republic of China. She has been awarded ³the Woman of
Distinction 2013 from 65th District of California² by the Assemblywoman
Sharon Quirk-Silva. Ünal is the founder, co-artistic director and pianist
of the new music ensemble Divan Consort. Her ensemble has given numerous
concerts and master classes since their beginning in 2009 in the US and
Europe. The group has released their first album ³Refuge² (Albany
Records), which has been awarded the Gold Medal in Album category and the
Silver Medal in composition category by Global Music Awards.

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