Deniz Çağlarcan, Second Prize Winner – Void, for viola and electronic media
Recording (Deniz Çağlarcan, viola)
Deniz Çağlarcan is a Los Angeles-based composer, violist, and conductor initially from Istanbul, Turkey. He investigates the sonic quality of electronic music by any means and realizes this idealized environment as a model for his musical language. Çağlarcan’s music explores the interaction between acoustic instruments and electronic sounds within their sonic morphology. Besides, he is intrigued to create an environment by utilizing various immersive audio technique as well as visuals and spatial elements that surround the audience. He performs interdisciplinary works collaborating with media artists, computer graphics developers, and machine learning engineers. His works include solo instrumental pieces, chamber music, large ensembles, tape/electroacoustic works, live-electronic, mixed works, audio/visual compositions, site-specific sound installations, arrangements as well as film and video games scores.
Besides his composition career as a violist, he performs in solo concerts, chamber music, new music ensembles, and popular music. He is a co-founder of the ADE Duo ensemble, where he released the rendition of Can’t Help Falling in Love by Elvis Presley in 2021. He studied orchestral conducting for over eight years, and at Central Michigan University, he continued very in-depth study with José-Luis Maúrtua. He holds degrees in Master of Music in Viola Performance from Central Michigan University and a Master of Arts in Composition from Bilkent University.
Çağlarcan is currently a Ph.D. student in Composition at the University of California Santa Barbara, studying with Professors João Pedro Oliveira and Curtis Roads. He has studied with notable composers and performers; Mark Andre, Beat Furrer, Bruno Mantovani, Ken Ueno, Pierluigi Billone, Clara Iannotta, Alberto Posadas, Isabel Mundry, UlrichmKreppein, Laura San Martin, Jay C. Batzner, Alicia Valoti, Sheila Browne, Scott Woolweaver, Yuri Gandelsman, Tatjana Masurenko, Walter Küssner, Hartmut Rohde, AlexanderZemtsov, Ulrich Mertin, Christine Rutledge.