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Ibrahim Yazici’s busy and diverse conducting career started in 1995 at Ankara State Opera and within short time he conducted orchestras such as Deutsche Symphonie Orchester, Lucerne Symphony Orchestra, WDR Symphony Orchestra, The New Japan Philarmonic Orchestra, Taipei Symphony Orchestra, Slovenian Symphony Orchestra, Het Rezidentie, Wuppertal Symphony Orchestra, Brandenburgische Staatorchester, Camerata de France, Ensemble Resonanz Hamburg, the Presidential Symphony Orchestra and all major symphony orchestras in Turkey. With those orchestras he performed in prestigious concert halls such as Berlin Philharmonie, Vienna Konzerthaus, Essen Philharmonie, Moscow International Music House, Laeiszhalle Hamburg, Liederhalle Stuttgart, Palais des Beaux Arts Bruxelles, Berlin Konzerthaus, Tel Aviv Performing Arts Center or Seoul Arts Center. In 2000 he conducted “Suor Angelica” and “Gianni Schicchi” at the Puccini Festival Valencia. In April 2008 he brought the Turkish Presidential Symphony Orchestra to the International Music House in Moscow. He has also appeared at Europäischer Musik Sommer Berlin, CBS Korea, Izmir and Istanbul International Music Festivals. In 2012 he conducted the German Premier of Fazil Say's Oratorio “Nazim” in Wuppertal, followed by performances in Essen and Frankfurt with a triumphal success.

Born in Ankara in 1970 Ibrahim Yazici studied piano, composition and conducting at Ankara State Conservatory and received an MM degree. He continued his studies at the “Conservatoire à Rayonnement Régional de Perpignan” and obtained three “Premier Prix”. Besides he also studied with Gilbert Varga and has participated at master classes in various European countries. In 2021 he got his PhD on conducting. 

He has recorded many works by Turkish composers such as Ahmed Adnan Saygun, Fazil Say, Muammer Sun and Turgay Erdener on CD and DVD.

In 2002 Ibrahim Yazici received the "Artistic Encouragement Award" of Hacettepe University, in 2005 he was honoured with the " Cavaliere dell'Ordine della Stella d'Italia " awarded by the Italian President and in 2012 he has received the “Conductor of the year, Donizetti Prize”.

He gave classes at Hacettepe University Ankara State Conservatory and Bilkent University of Music and Performing Arts Faculty. From 1998 to 2007 he was the resident conductor of the State Polyphonic Choir. With this ensemble he toured around the world, conducted at various prestigious halls, received many awards, made several recordings and prepared a very extensive repertoire, capturing audiences from a large number of nationalities. In 2007 he was appointed the General Music Director of the Izmir State Symphony, a post he held until 2012. He was the conductor of Mersin State Opera and Ballet Orchestra  between 2013-2015 and İzmir State Opera and Ballet Orchestra 2015-2023. Besides his very busy conducting schedule he appears regularly on stage as pianist and teaches piano. In last years he has been concentrated on composing too. 

Starting from 2023 fall he is the General Music Director of Istanbul State Opera and Ballet Orchestra. He is also the Music Director of Olten Philharmonic Orchestra and Artistic Director of KODA Chamber Orchestra.

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