Emre Yavuz

Emre was born in 1990 in İzmir, Turkey. His talent for learning at a rapid pace was evident at an
early age, eventually leading to a musical education. He started his education in music in 1998
under the “Educational Act for Prodigy Children”, studying with Kamuran Gündemir in Ankara.
He continued his studies with Fazıl Say and Sanem Berkalp at the Bilkent University, where he
also studied composition. Later studying with Roland Batik in Vienna, Karl-Heinz Kämmerling
in Hannover, and with Arie Vardi in Hannover and Tel Aviv. Starting at an early age he played
with major orchestras performing concertos of Mozart, Beethoven, Chopin, Saint-Saëns,
Tchaikovsky and Rachmaninoff. With his interpretations of Chopin he won prizes in Sicily in
2007, and in Vienna in 2010. He became the first piano student of the Vienna Conservatory to
graduate with full grades upon his final recital, performing works by Beethoven, Saygun and
Rachmaninoff. In 2013 he performed Beethoven’s Concerto No. 3 under the conduction of
Zubin Mehta. Emre has competed in a number of competitions: In 2012 he won the first prize in
the 4th International Rosario Marciano Competition in Vienna where he was designated as an
“outstanding artistic personality”, in 2015 first prize in the 2nd National Piano Competition in
Ankara, in 2016 first prize and Schubert Prize at the Vienna International Piano Competition,
third prize in Schubert Competition in Dortmund, and lastly first prize at Kissinger
KlavierOlymp in Bad Kissingen where his unconventional programming with a self-composed
piece and works Scarlatti, Rameau, Beethoven, Schubert, Chopin, Rachmaninoff, Saygun was
especially praised. In 2018 he launched his Rachmaninoff International tour which lasted one
year, performing solo works, chamber music and concertos by Rachmaninoff. Emre Yavuz is a
Bösendorfer Pianist and lives in Vienna.