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“She is a very fine cellist and has a lot of musical imagination and sensibility, searching always different possibilities to speak the music.”      -Gautier Capuçon



Born in 1989 in Istanbul, one of the leading cellists of her generation, Nil Kocamangil convinced the public as well as the press with her powerful, intense, and virtuoso playing, both as a soloist and chamber music player.

Since her debut concert as a soloist at the age of 15, she performed the most important works of the cello repertoire with the orchestras such as; Concertgebouw Chamber Orchestra, Kurpfälzisches Kammerorchester, Bilkent Symphony Orchestra, Tekfen Philharmonic, Sandnes Symfoniorkester, Mannheimer Philharmoniker, Sinfonietta Köln, Olten Philarmonic, Oberbergisches Kreises Symphonie Orchester, Istanbul State Symphony Orchestra, Antalya State Symphony Orchestra and Bursa State Symphony Orchestra among many others.

Recently, at the opening concert of Wonderfeel Festival in The Netherlands in July 2023, she made the Dutch debut of the Cello Concerto by Marie Jaëll along with Maestro Johannes Leertouwer and Wonderfeel Festival Orchestra. In 2021 she had a concert tour as a soloist with the renown Concertgebouw Chamber Orchestra performing the famous cello concerto of Robert Schumann. Chosen for the “New Masters on Tour” concert series by The Holland International Music Sessions in 2015, she gave a recital tour in the Netherlands, including the “Concertgebouw Amsterdam”. Also, recorded the “Swan” of C. Saint-Saens with Mannheimer Philharmoniker under the baton of Boian Videnoff for the CD “Träumereien” which was released in 2015. In concert season of 2012, she performed the cello suites by J. S. Bach live, during the performances of the Hagen Theater Ballet's production called “Bach Tanzt” in Germany.

Ms. Kocamangil won various awards at many international and national competitions, such as 3rd prize and Jury Special Award in “Antonio Janigro International Cello Competition” in Croatia, 1st prize and German Friendship Special Award in “International Austrian and German Music Competition” in Bulgaria, 1st prize and the Jury Special Award in “International Young Musicians Competition” in Italy, 1st prize in “Canetti International Music Festival”, 2nd prize in “National Cello Competition” in Turkey, 3rd prize in “Liezen International Cello Competition” in Austria, 1st prize in “Leipzig Chamber Music Competition” in Germany. Also, she received the Prix du Musée Bonnat and the prize of Saint Jean de Luz - Rotary/Lions Club, in the two different years she participated at the “Maurice Ravel International Music Academy” in France.

Besides her appearances at the world’s famous concert venues such as l’Auditorium de Fondation Louis Vuitton Paris, Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Philharmonie im Gasteig München, Tonhalle Düsseldorf, Gewandhaus Leipzig, Rosengarten Mannheim, Theater de Vest Alkmaar, Théâtre du Chatelet Paris, Nikolaisaal Potsdam; she performed both as a soloist and chamber musician at the outstanding festivals such as; “Verbier Festival”, “Istanbul Music Festival”, “Ankara International Music Festival”, “Euregio MusikFestival”, “Stavanger Chamber Music Festival”, “Amsterdam Chamber Music Festival”, “Dvorak Festival”, “The Holland Music Sessions & Festival”, “Sommer-Schlosser Virtuosen”, “D-Marin Turgutreis International Music Festival”, “Athens & Epidaurus Festival” and also gave many other concerts across Europe and America. Her chamber music partners includes distinguished artists such as; Tedi Papavrami, François-Frederic Guy, Isabelle van Keulen, David Grimal, Oliver Triendl, Ludmil Angelov, Noe Inui, Vassilis Varvaresos, Calidore Quartet and Fazıl Say among others.

At the renowned academies and some workshops, Ms. Kocamangil had the opportunity to work with renowned cellists such as Gary Hoffman, Frans Helmerson, Yo-Yo Ma, Jens Peter Maintz, Laurence Lesser, Lluis Claret, Giovanni Sollima, Steven Isserlis, Philippe Müller among many others. Also, as a passionate chamber musician, she worked with distinguished artists such as Gabor Takacs-Nagy, Pavel Gililov, Natalia Prischepenko (ex-Artemis Quartet), Hortense Cartier-Bresson, Paul Katz, Klaus Hellwig, James Buswell, Vladimir Mendelssohn and the members of Ebene Quartet among many others.

Nil Kocamangil started to play the cello at the age of 9 and since then, pursued her studies in the cello classes of Dilbag Tokay (MSFAUSC, Istanbul); Claus Kanngiesser (master, Hfmt Köln); Marc Coppey (master, CNSM de Paris) and Gautier Capuçon (FLV, Paris). Also, she got her master’s of chamber music in the classes of Itamar Golan (CNSM de Paris) and Miguel Da Silva (Ysaÿe Quartet-CRR de Paris). As last, in 2019 she graduated with distinction from “Meisterklassenexamen”, class of Prof. Peter Bruns, at Hmt Leipzig and right after her graduation, she worked as a cello teacher at the same establishment.

During her studies, she was the scholar and laureate of many foundations such as Turkish Education Foundation, Tekfen Foundation, German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), Dr. Nejat Eczacıbası Foundation, Borusan Kocabıyık Foundation, Sinfonima Foundation/Mannheim (instrument), Yehudi Menuhin Live Music Now, ProQuartet, Association des Jeunes Talents, Werner Richard - Dr. Carl Dörken Foundation, Villa Musica Rheinland-Pfalz/Germany and she was also supported by the private sponsors.

Nil Kocamangil is the Founder and Artistic Director of “Istanbul International Chamber Music Festival” and “Istanbul International Music Academy” which are being organized since 2021. Apart of her soloist career, she is teaching cello and chamber music at Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University State Conservatory Istanbul, and also at the national and international masterclasses. Ms. Kocamangil plays on a 19th-century cello provided to her by a generous private sponsor.

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