Gizem Gokoglu

Gizem Gokoglu is a film composer and singer form Turkey and the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus. She is an alumna of Berklee College of Music and NYU Steinhardt (Master of Music Theory and Composition: Scoring for Film and Multimedia). Gizem was the recipent of the Quincy Jones Award in 2009 as well as one of four participants of Maria Schneider Jazz Composition Seminar Classes at Berklee. After Boston, motivated by her acceptance to the prestigious BMI Jazz Composers Workshop, Gizem moved to New York City. She attended the workshop (led by Jim McNeely and Mike Holober) for 3 years. During this time, Gizem was selected as one of three participants of the West Point Jazz Knights Composers Forum, and at NYU Steinhardt she pursued her Masters Degree (Scoring for Film & Multimedia). There, she studied composition and orchestration with Sonny Kompanek, Justin Dello Joio and Ira Newborn. In 2015, Gizem received a place in the Society of Composers and Lyricists/ NY Composer Mentor Program led by film composer Chris Hajian. In the same year, her composition “Inhale” won an Honorable Mention in the Composition Contest of the Seattle Women’s Jazz Orchestra (Performance at the Earshot Jazz Festival 2015). Gizem’s music has been performed by various groups, here in the U.S. as well as in Switzerland, Germany, Italy, Turkey and Cyprus. Gizem continues her calling as a film composer and singer in New York City, working on local and remote projects including music for film and music for various ensembles.

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2017 Film Scoring Workshop