Şölen Dikener is a Turkish/American cellist who promotes the works by leading composers from Turkey and the United States.
His projects feature the music of İlhan Baran, Ahmed Adnan Saygun, İlhan Usmanbaş, Cengiz Tanç, Necil Kazım Akses Cemal Reşit Rey, Kamran Ince, Paul Tortelier, Othmar Schoeck, William Matthews, Mark Zanter, David Williams and David Walther. Şölen recorded seven albums that are combination of original commissions as well as undiscovered works from twentieth century.
He has appeared as solo cellist in Germany, Austria, France, USA and Turkey, performing with Kalamazoo Symphony, Huntington Symphony, CMU Orchestra, K-College Orchestra, Bilkent Symphony, Presidential Symphony, Istanbul State Symphony, Hacettepe Symphony and collaborating with conductors Jean Perrison, Tadeusz Strugala, Raymond Harvey, Yoshimi Takeda, Isin Metin and Gürer Aykal among others.
He is the founding member of Capital Trio since 1997, currently based at University Albany (SUNY). The group performs throughout the New England region and Europe. Their concert venues includes Cambridge University, Harvard University, Boston Atheneum, Marshall University and elsewhere.
As a dedicated cello teacher, Şölen published a cello method book “Cello Warm-Up!” in 2010. This method is available at many prestigious music stores throughout the USA and elsewhere.
During his graduate studies in Nice, France, Şölen has been a final assistant of great cellist French Paul Tortelier. During that time, he also studied cello with Maud Tortelier, Frieder Lenz and chamber music with Michel Lethiec at the Conservatoire National de Music. Previously he attended Hochschule fur Musik in Wien, and the State Conservatory of Music of Hacettepe University in Ankara, Turkey. There he studied in the class of gifted music students and earned his Bachelors of Music degree at the age of eighteen. His other mentors included Tobias Kühne, Mithat Fenmen, Bedii Aran, Dennis Parker and Owen Carman.
Şölen lives in Princeton, New Jersey and teaches music at Marshall University in West Virginia. His CD recordings are available on iTunes, Amazon, Cdbaby, D&R Booksellers. He performances was aired live at numerous radio stations including WWFM, TRT and Radio France.
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