Alican Süner – Violinist

  Born in 1992 in Mersin, Turkey, the young violinist Alican Süner is the first prize winner at 2015 Max Rostal Competition in Berlin and Concorso Postacchini in Fermo, Italy. He also received the audience prize and a special award at the Max Rostal Competition, where his Tchaikovsky concerto has been broadcasted by the German Culture Radio. Alican was also awarded the Medaille of the Italian Presidency at the Concorso Postacchini. Other prizes include a first prize at the 2008 Gülden Turalı National Violin Competition, a special prize at the Enescu Competition 2018, and the “Aydın-Gün-Prize” from the 2021 Istanbul Music Festival, given to a promising young talent under 30 years of age.

    Alican already performed as a soloist at European concert venues such as Berliner Philharmonie, Konzerthaus Berlin, Leipzig Gewandhaus, Verona Philharmonic, as well as at festivals such as Istanbul Festival, Kissinger Sommer and MúsicaMallorca. He performed with Konzerthausorchester, Liszt Chamber Orchestra, Filarmonica Marchigiana and I Virtuosi Italiani under conductors such as Ryusuke Numajiri, Evan Christ und Romolo Gessi. His chamber music partners included Nora Chastain, Kolja Blacher, Adrian Oetiker, Silvia Simionescu and Troels Svane. He took masterclasses with respected pedagogues such as Pierre Amoyal and Ana Chumachenko.

     Alican received his first violin lessons in Mersin from Lily Tchumburidze. He played with the most prominent Turkish orchestras, with conductors such as Rengim Gökmen, İbrahim Yazıcı, Naci Özgüç, Cem Mansur to name a few. After his graduation from the Mersin Conservatory, Alican enrolled in the class of Prof. Thomas Christian in Detmold from 2009-2011. Currently he is pursuing his master solist degree with Prof. Nora Chastain at the Berlin University of the Arts. From 2017-2019 he was a scholar of the “Young Musicians on World Stages” system, mentored by Güher & Süher Pekinel. He performed on violins made by Amati, Gagliano, Gabrielli and Vuillaume. Currently, Deutsche Stiftung Musikleben provides Alican with a 1700 C. G. Testore violin from the federal property of Germany.

     Alican was a member of the Karajan-Academy of the Berliner Philharmoniker from 2016-2018, where he took lessons with the 1. concertmaster Noah Bendix-Balgley. Following that, he has served as a 1. concertmaster of the Komische Oper in Berlin and has been invited to perform as a guest concertmaster with Musikkollegium Winterthur, Staatsorchester Stuttgart, Orchestre de la Suisse Romande and Tekfen Philharmonic Istanbul under Gábor Takács-Nagy, Christoph Koncz and Aziz Shokhakimov.

     Since August 2021, Alican plays as a 1. violinist at the renowned Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich under Paavo Järvi. In addition to that, he is chosen to be an ad-interim 2. concertmaster in the 2022/23 season.