“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
Nil Kocamangil, one of the leading cellists of her generation, has convinced the public as well as the press with her powerful, intense and virtuoso playing, both as a soloist and a chamber musician. With her creativity and virtuosity seldom found in any other, Ms. Kocamangil builds an enduring bond with her audience.
She started to play cello at the age of 9 and since then pursued her studies in the cello classes of Dilbag Tokay (MSGSU Istanbul), Claus Kanngiesser (Hfmt Köln), Marc Coppey (CNSM de Paris), Gautier Capuçon (FLV Paris) and Peter Bruns (Hmt Leipzig). Also she got her chamber music master's degree both with her piano trio and string quartet under the supervision of Itamar Golan (CNSM de Paris) and Miguel Da Silva (CRR de Paris).
She has won numerous 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“; 3rd prize in “Liezen International Cello Competition” in Austria; 1st prize and the Jury Special Award in “International Young Musicians Competition” in Italy and many more.
After having her debut with the orchestra at the age of 15, Ms. Kocamangil has performed with many of the distinguished orchestras of the world. She made a recital tour for the “New Masters on Tour” in Netherlands including prestigious The Royal Concertgebouw. Beyond that, she has recorded The Swan by Camille Saint-Saëns as a soloist with the Mannheim Philharmoniker under the direction of Boian Videnoff.
She had performances at the most eminent concert halls around the globe such as L’Auditorium de la Fondation Louis Vuitton, Théâtre du Châtelet, Gewanhaus Leipzig, Theater Odeon Zwolle, Tonhalle Düsseldorf. Moreover, Ms. Kocamangil has been featured in some of the world’s leading festivals such as Verbier Festival, Norwegian Youth Chamber Music Festival, Istanbul Music Festival, Athens & Epidaurus Festival, Amsterdam Chamber Music Festival, Dvorak Festival Nelahozeves, D-Marin Turgutreis International Music Festival and many more. Thanks to her impeccable musicality, stylistic diversity and technique as well as her performances with renowned musicians such as David Grimal, Isabelle van Keulen, Calidore String Quartet, Nina Tichman; she has been one of the central figures in classical music and mainstream media.
At the renowned academies and workshops, she had the opportunity to work with distinguished cellists such as Gary Hoffman, Jens Peter Maintz, Frans Helmerson and Yo-Yo Ma. Furthermore, as a passionate chamber musician, she worked with influential artists such as Gabor Takács-Nagy, Pavel Gililov, Vladimir Mendelssohn and members of Ebene Quartet among others.
During her studies, she was scholar and laureate of many foundations such as Tekfen Foundation, Turkish Education Foundation (TEV), Dr. Nejat Eczacıbası Foundation, German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), 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 private sponsors.
Ms. Kocamangil currently teaches cello at Hochschule für Musik und Theatre “Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy” in Leipzig, Germany. Moreover, she is the solo cellist of Tekfen Philharmonic Orchestra and plays a cello made in the 19th century provided her by a generous sponsor.
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