EPN BREAKFAST TALKS 19: The Phenomenon and Education of Art in Belgium – Is it a spare time activity or a concept of civilization?

  26 January 2014 10:30 – 13:00

  Ecole Des Etoiles @ 2G, Rue de la Grenouillette 1130 Bruxelles


The Phenomenon and Education of Art in Belgium

Is it a spare time activity or a concept of civilization?

Pianist and Composer Muhiddin Dürrüoğlu


 As European Professionals Network (EPN), we continue to bring together experts representing various professions on the last Sunday of every month to provide the attendants with the opportunity to discuss interesting and thought-provoking issues.

 In this month’s talk, Turkish symphony composer and pianist Muhiddin Dürrüoğlu, who began his musical career at a very early age and before long made a name for himself with his talent throughout the world, will talk about his musical journey and the perception and education of art in Belgium. On behalf of EPN, we would be delighted to have your presence at this breakfast talk which will also include a piano resital at the theatre hall of the Ecole des Etoiles following the breakfast and the talk.


Brief Biography of Dürrüoğlu

Born in 1969 in Gerede, the Turkish composer, now resident in Belgium, of orchestral, chamber and piano works that have been performed in Europe and North America, started his piano lessons at the age of 10 and started receiving music education at the Ankara State Conservatory, where he was treated as “special statue”. Having studied piano and composition with well-known figures, Dürrüoğlu continued his education in famous music schools in Belgium and the USA with the scholarships of, respectively, Eczacıbaşı and Fulbright. He became the first Turkish student to get accepted at the  Chapelle musicale Reine Élisabeth, an international school where young talented musicians are trained, in Waterloo in 1989. Earning his DMus at Indiana University in Bloomington in 1994, the pianist has given solo recitals since age 12 and often plays chamber music and as a soloist with orchestra. He has performed in Argentina, Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, Luxembourg, Portugal, Romania, Spain, Turkey, the UK and the USA. He has taught chamber music at the Koninklijk Conservatorium in Brussels since 1994.


Conference Programme

10:00-10:30    Registration
10:30-11:30    Breakfast
11:40-13:00    Talk with Dürrüoğlu and piano resital


Program Report

Following a pleasant breakfast with friends, the composer and pianist, Muhiddin Dürrüoğlu, took to the stage. He started his lecture by asking each person in the room to introduce themselves. Then, with his sincere attitude, the pianist talked about what a parent should do for his child’s music education. Dürrüoğlu strongly suggested that the earlier a child starts playing a musical instrument, the better it is. He then gave an example: “Music is a language just like French or Dutch is. And it is a common knowledge that it is always easier to teach a language at an early age.” The child’s motivation may not remain the same throughout the education; but the important factor affecting his music education is having a teacher who can build a strong relationship with the student, he noted. Upon a question from the attendees about whether being a successful musician is possible only with innate talent, the pianist underscored that it is the combination of talent, knowledge and practice that leads to success. At the second part of the program, the pianist played sections from the compositions of Bach, Mozart and himself, concluding the event with a fascinating musical feast.

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