Meliha Doğuduyal grew up in a musical family in Istanbul surrounded
by many artists and intellectuals. Her father Mahmut Doğuduyal, a
music-theory 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
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. Music became a way for her to express herself in those early years.
During school years, she was active in playing in recitals, accompanying soloists and school choirs including Akbank Children Chorus, and teaching music to children. She has also learned flute and violin as well as trying some other instruments such as Mandolin, Saz and Ney.
At the end of her upper secondary school (lycee) education, she entered the Istanbul State Conservatory. During the graduate program (1977-1986), 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. She also earned a Doctorate of Fine Arts from the Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University of Istanbul in the field of piano.
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.
As a composer she 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
leading orchestras and groups like Istanbul State Symphony Orchestra,
Orchestra @Modern, Ricciotti-Orkest (NL), Orkest de Ereprijs (NL), Moscow Contemporary Music Ensemble, Interensemble (IT), Divertimento Ensemble (IT), Lontano Ensemble (EN), Ensemble Accroche Note (FR), Syrinx Quartet (NL), Stockholm Saxophone Quartet, Borusan Quartet (TR), Trio Amici dell'Arte
(NL), Duo Levent (NL), Duo Axelsson & Nilsson (SE)
Her music has been programmed at various festivals such as;
• ISCM World New Music Days
• International Istanbul Music Festival,
• Ankara Music Festival,
• Padova Music Festival,
• Lucca Summer Music Festival,
• Galway Cathedral International Summer Festival,
• Strasbourg Music Festival,
• International Mediterranean Literature Festival (NL)
• Femmes au Clavier at Auditorium Kaufmann (BE)
• International Mediterranean Contemporary Music Days (Istanbul).
As a performer, she has appeared in many different settings, including musical theater performances,vocal, chamber music and orchestral concerts in many European countries, Russia, Ukraine, 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.
In 1993, she was an artist in residence at the Ankara New Music Festival with
Moscow Modern Music Ensemble.
In 1997 and in 2001, her works have been selected for the UNESCO Composers Rostrum in Paris.
In 2004, she represented the Netherlands as a composer and educator at 17th International
Music School Seminar in Sneek (NL).
In 2007, she was a composer in residence at the Visby International Centre for Composers
in Gotland, Sweden.
In 2009-Sweden and in 2014-Poland, her compositions have been chosen for performance at
the ISCM World New Music Days.
Since 1991, Meliha Doğuduyal has been working and living in Amsterdam.