Sezi Seskir

Pianist/Fortepianist

Biography

Sezi Seskir received her first degree in piano in her native Ankara, Turkey, with Prof. Kamuran Gündemir. She went on with her studies at the Lübeck Musikhochschule, in Germany, with Prof. Konstanze Eickhorst, where in 2005 she completed degrees in both artistic and pedagogical piano. Along with many solo recitals in Europe, the USA and Turkey, she also performed with various orchestras as a soloist, playing Schumann's A-minor piano concerto Op. 54, Ravel's Concerto in G-major and Mozart's A-major, K. 414 piano concerto.

Seskir’s musical direction took a new turn after completing her D.M.A. degree in performance practice with Malcolm Bilson at Cornell University. Her experience performing on a variety of historical keyboards, including 5-octave instruments from the second half of the 18th century, as well as 6 and 6.5-octave instruments from the first half of the 19th century, enriched and deepened her understanding of the genres and repertoire of these periods. Her research focuses on the use of tempo rubato in Robert Schumann's keyboard music, as well as performance practices of the 18th and the 19th centuries. She has given guest lecture-recitals and workshops at schools such as Stanford University, Penn State University, Princeton University,Trinity College of London, the Royal Conservatory of the Hague and UC Berkeley. She presented her work on Schumann at King's College London, the American Musicological Society’s (AMS) 2012 meeting, the Schumann-Haus in Zwickau, Germany, and the Basel Musikhochschule in Switzerland at a Schumann conference. These last two presentations resulted in two articles, both of which appeared by Studio Punkt Verlag, in Germany and in Basel, Switzerland, respectively. Her edition of Robert Schumann's piano works Arabeske Op. 18 and Blumenstück Op.19 for the Schumann Complete Edition published by Schott, appeared in summer of 2016.

Sezi Seskir is an assistant professor of music at Bucknell University. Her duties include teaching applied piano, music history and performance practice courses. She is in a duo with the British violinist Lucy Russell, with whom she concertizes on period instruments.