Emre Ersahin

Award: Ian Fleming Award

Year: 2017

Genre: Classical

Instrument/voice type: Double Bass

Location: Royal Academy of Music

Emre Ersahin was born in Ankara, Turkey in 1995. He started double bass studies at the Ankara State Conservatory in 2006. In 2011, he was awarded a scholarship from the Purcell School of Music where he studied double bass with Rinat Ibragimov.

Currently, he is an ABRSM Scholar and a fourth year undergraduate double bass student at the Royal Academy of Music where he studies with Graham Mitchell, Dominic Seldis and Tom Goodman.

Recently he was awarded the Philharmonia Orchestra’s “MMSF String Fellowship” for two seasons and London Symphony Orchestra’s String Scheme for one season. He is a member of the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra under the direction of Daniel Barenboim, he plays concerts in Teatro Colon-Buenos Aires, Waldbühne-Berlin, Salzburg Festival, Lucern Festival and BBC Proms and many other venues with the orchestra. He is also invited as Guest Principal at the Royal Northern Sinfonia.

He has been playing in the Royal Academy Symphony Orchestra with renown conductors such as Semyon Bychkov, Edward Gardner, Sir Mark Elder, Trevor Pinnock, Marin Alsop.

As a soloist Emre has performed Serge Koussevitzky’s Double Bass Concerto with the Presidential Symphony Orchestra in Ankara,Turkey in 2016 and Giovanni Bottesini’s Gran duo Concertant with the Alesund Symphony Orchestra in Norway in 2015.

He has won several international competition prizes such as 2nd Prize at the First International Double Bass Competition in Ankara,Turkey 2015. 1st Prize at the International Youth Double Bass Competition Copenhagen in 2012 and 3rd Prize at the International Youth Double Bass Competition Paris in 2008.
In his first year at the Academy, Emre won the 1st prize (double bass) at Academy’s “Solo Bach Prize Competition” and in his 2nd and 3rd year won the 1st Prize (double bass) at the “Strings Performance Prize”.

He regularly plays at the Academy’s public double bass masterclasses of worldwide known double bass professors and soloists; Edgar Mayer, Joel Quarrington, Matthew McDonald, Bozo Paradzik, Rick Stojin and many others. He played in Maxim Vengerov’s double bass masterclass in 2015 at the Academy.

He is the recipient of the “2014 Aydın Gün Encouragement Award” which is presented annually to one successful young musician in Turkey by the İstanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts.
He was awarded the “Yamaha Music Foundation of Europe String Scholarship 2016” in London.