Meliha Doguduyal is a Turkish/Dutch composer, pianist, improviser, music educator, author and interdisciplinary performer based in Amsterdam. She mainly focuses on interdisciplinary approaches to music and creating in which crossovers are possible with colleagues in different genres and others artists in the visual and performing arts, and with filmmakers on multimedia projects, discovering new modes of perception and weaving together experimental structures.
Praised as having “multitalented musical personality” by the Elsevier weekblad (NL) and described as being “imbued with intense emotion” by the Brussel Bulletin, Doguduyal has developed a rich and versatile style in her work which encompasses diverse tendencies and techniques that thrive on the contrasts of traditional and contemporary sounds, genres, movements and images combining Multiple Serialism with Polystylism.
She has composed several acoustic and electroacoustic works that have received very positive reviews among critics, with praises going towards the dramatic phrases, mysterious timbres and surprised but elegance extremes. Her music has been played almost everywhere: at festivals, concert hall, museums, universities, art & culture institutes, churches, theatres, factories, clubs, on streets and on TV’s/radios… including Het Concertgebouw Amsterdam, De Doelen Rotterdam, Galway Cathedral (Dublin), Moscow's Maly Theatre, Borusan Music House, Auditorium Kaufmann (Brussel), Gaudeamus Contemporary Music Center, Strasbourg’s Modern and Contemporary Art Museum, Amsterdam Pianola Museum, the European Music School Union, Lucca Summer Festival, Padova Music Festival, International Mediterranean Literature Festival (NL), the International Istanbul Music Festival, the Mise-En Music Festival in NYC, and the 2009 Sweden and 2014 Poland ISCM World New Music Days among numerous others. Her music has also been presented at the UNESCO International Rostrum of Composers in Paris, in 1997 and 2001; and at the 2004 European Music Schools Seminar (EMU) in Netherlands.
As a composer Meliha has written in many styles encompassing orchestral music, chamber music, film and theatre music, pieces for solo Western and non-Western instruments and vocal works that have been performed by such lleading orchestras and groups as Ricciotti-Orkest (NL), Orkest de Ereprijs (NL), Istanbul State Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra @Modern, Moscow Contemporary Music Ensemble, Interensemble (IT), Divertimento Ensemble (IT), Lontano Ensemble (EN), Ensemble Accroche Note (FR), Ensemble Mise-En (USA), Syrinx Quartet (NL), Stockholm Saxophone Quartet, Borusan Quartet (TR), Trio Amici dell'Arte (NL), Duo Levent (NL), Duo Axelsson & Nilsson (SE), to name a few.
As a performer, she has appeared in many different settings, including musical theatre performances, vocal, chamber music and orchestral concerts in many European countries, Russia, Ukraine, and Lithuania as well as in many cities of Turkey. She has recorded and gave live broadcast concerts for Dutch, Swiss, German, Belgian and Turkish Radio-TVs.
She was a composer in residence at the 1993 Ankara New Music Festival, together with Moscow Contemporary Music Ensemble, in Istanbul Bilgi University in 2005 and at the VICC (Visby International Composers Centre) in Sweden, in 2007.
Meliha holds a B.Mus. in piano (Metin Ögüt) and composition (İlhan Usmanbaş) from the Mimar Sinan University State Conservatory of Istanbul, an M.Mus. in composition (Gilius Bergeijk, Louis Andriessen, Theo Loevendie) from the Royal Conservatory of The Hague, and a doctoral degree in music performance from the Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University of Istanbul.
She is also the author of the book: “From Music to Word”
Her recordings are available on the Dreyer-Gaido and Antre and Xango Music labels.
Meliha Doğuduyal grew up in a musical family in Istanbul surrounded by many artists and intellectuals. Her father, a music-theory and trombone teacher at the Istanbul Municipal Conservatory, was her first instructor. His primary instrument was trombone, played at the Istanbul Philharmonic Orchestra, but he also played various musical instruments, such as piano, violin and horn. There was always music in the house; every day with in their daily life. The young Meliha, therefore, had the great advantage of growing up in a thoroughly practical artistic atmosphere.
Having a musical family paved the way for her to start playing piano at a very early age. She was only 3 years old when she began her first musical education with her father. At the age of 4 she was enrolled as a part time of student at the Istanbul Municipal Conservatory where she was trained as a concert pianist. Her first public performance was at the age of 7 and by 14 she was performing Bach concertos with local orchestras.
During school years, she was active in playing in recitals, accompanying soloists and teaching music to children and school choirs including Akbank Children Chorus. She had also learned flute and violin as well as trying some other instruments such as Mandolin, Saz and Ney.as well as trying some other instruments such as Mandolin, Saz and Ney.
At the end of her upper secondary school (lyceum) education, she entered the Istanbul State Conservatory where she became a piano student of Metin Ögüt and a composition student of İlhan Usmanbaş, one of the pioneers of Turkish contemporary music. In the meantime, she attended the courses given by Cemal Reşit Rey, Ercivan Saydam, Afşar Timuçin and Ahmed Adnan Saygun.
In 1991, she went to the Netherlands and worked advanced composition with Theo Loevendie and attended master classes with Louis Andriessen and Gilius van Bergeijk at the Royal Conservatory of The Hague. Meanwhile, she followed jazz and free improvisation courses led by Arnold Dooyeweerd in the Bimhuis in Amsterdam.