The Istanbul-born pianist, Angela Otcuoğlu, began her career at the age of seven at the Istanbul University State Conservatory. Her outstanding performance won her the first prize at the 2003 Yamaha Competition. Since 2005, she has performed in many television programs such as Maestro & Elizabeth, Müzik Deyince where she played with the orchestra of Hakan Güngör who performs regularly with Jordi Savall. She also had the privilege to star in the commercial for the Young Classical Musicians Festival with Fazıl Say and has performed in the festival itself.
She participated in the masterclasses of Andrei Diev, Merited Artist of Russia, who described her as “a very talented, intelligent pianist”. She also had the opportunity to work with Diane Andersen, Bruno Canino, Pablo Galdo, and Robert Silverman.
Angela successfully completed the Istanbul University State Conservatory’s Superior Studies Program in the same year as her graduation from Pierre Loti High School (French International school in Istanbul). In 2013, she began her academic life at McGill University’s Schulich School of Music where she received her Bachelor’s degree under the tutelage of Professor Marina Mdivani, who performed for such eminent musicians as Emil Gilels, Stravinsky, and Shostakovich. Her innovative interpretations and her engaging performance style earned her the opportunity to perform as an invited artist by the Head Consulate of Turkey in Canada.
Angela finished her Master's degree in piano performance with Professor Sara Laimon and graduated from The Global Leaders Program, an executive graduate certificate in social entrepreneurship, teaching artistry, civic leadership, cultural agency, and organizational management. She is currently performing solo recitals and collaborating with musicians.
As a collaborative pianist, the young musician has enjoyed working with Jean Marchand, Theodore Baskin, and vocal coaches such as Annamaria Popescu, Michael McMahon, and Joanne Kolomyjec on a variety of art-song. A versatile soloist, Angela readily adapts to the demands of many classical genres and composers. Audiences experience a profound emotional connection with her impassioned playing and stage presence.
She is the co-founder of Duo Columbus, a piano duo creating a musical and educational experience relevant for today’s generation while helping to promote peace and hope in a world full of conflict. A strong believer in social change through music, Angela presented lectures, taught masterclasses, performed in Panama and Chile to support music education.