BIOGRAPHY

OZLEM CELİK – CLARINET

Ozlem is currently playing as a versatile principal clarinettist in various orchestras and groups across the U.K. and has established herself as a solo and chamber musician of distinction.

Ozlem’s  musical education began in Dokuz Eylul University State Conservatory, where she studied clarinet with Atif Peynirci and chamber music with oboist Murat Ozulgen, principals of the Izmir State Symphony Orchestra. During her studies which culminated in a degree ducation she also took periodic lessons with Nusret Ispir who is principal player of Bilkent Symphony Orchestra. She participated in masterclasses with Alain Damiens, Nicholas Baldeyrou and Sarah Elbaz at Bilkent Clarinet Festival and attended the International Clarinet Festival and studied with Guy Deplus, Alexander Fitterstein and Karl Heinz Steffens. She had got chance to attend masterclasses with Karl Leister, Patrick Messina, Martin Fröst, Andrew Marriner, Robert Plane, Michael Collins during her education in London.

Ozlem is an experienced orchestral player. In 2005 she was appointed to a chair at the Izmir State Opera and Ballet Orchestra as second and bass clarinettist. For the next four years she held this position, as well as performing on occasions as guest clarinettist for the Antalya State Opera and Ballet Orchestra and the Antalya and Bursa Symphony Orchestras. In 2009 she was appointed to a permanent position as Principal Clarinet in the Samsun State Opera and Ballet.

She played as a soloist of Youth-Genç Symphony Orchestra which was the cooperation orchestra of German and Turkish young musicians and toured with this orchestra around Germany and Turkey in 2006.

OzlemCelik is currently based in London, completed the MA in Performance programme at the Royal Academy of Music, 2016. She was delighted to be awarded a full scholarship by the Borusan Philarmonic Orchestra. Ozlem was also awarded a scholarship by the Royal Academy of Music in 2016 and is supported by Talent Unlimited. Ozlem Celik studied clarinet with Angela Malsbury and Timothy Lines, E flat clarinet with Chi Yu Mo and bass clarinet with Laurent Ben Slimaneat the Royal Academy of Music.

Recent engagements in the 2015-2016 season include solo and chamber concerts in Beethoven Piano Society of Europe Summer Festival, Asia House Talent Unlimited Music Future Festival and Wimbledon Festival. She appeared at Royal Festival Hall, Royal Overseas League, St. James’s Piccadilly besides performances as principal clarinettist of The World of Women Orchestra, the Dulwich Opera Company and Hornton Chamber Orchestra.