Musician in Residence – Emirhan Tunca

Emirhan Tunca was born into a family of musicians in Istanbul, Turkey. He began studying the cello at age eight at Istanbul State Conservatory. In 2011, he was accepted into the studio of Professor Marion Feldman at the New York University Steinhardt School, where he received both his Master’s and Artist Diploma in Cello Performance in 2015. Since his debut at age eleven with the Istanbul State Symphony Orchestra, Emirhan has appeared in numerous concerts and recitals in Europe and the United States, as well as national and international competitions. He recently made his debut at Carnegie Hall, performing Elgar’s Cello Concerto as a soloist with the New York Concerti Sinfonietta. His awards and honors include: NYU String Competition, New York, 1st Prize; Associated Music Teachers League, New York, Grand Prize Winner; and International Young Musicians Classical Music Competition, Edirne, Turkey, 1st Prize; International Young Musicians Competition, Bari, Italy, 1st Prize; International Young Virtuosos Competition, Sofia, Bulgaria, 1st Prize. İn 2017 he earned his PhD at the Manhattan School for Music, where he has been asked to join the faculty.