Ilkim Tongur is a Turkish-Canadian composer currently based in Calgary. Whether composing for solo, chamber, orchestra or electronic media, her compositions create a capturing atmosphere in a highly expressive context. Her music is influenced by the multicultural texture of Istanbulite and Canadian communities capturing the elegant combinations of their music and creating a passionate fusion of their expressive qualities. She explores transformations of a variety of musical materials, ideas and atmospheres derived from the varied musical cultures. Her works are an elegant reflection of an aesthetic exploration of the blending of musical ideas between and among different traditions that resulted from centuries of communal interaction, all of which are distilled by her own contemporary sensibility.  As a composer, she has been commissioned by the GroundSwell, Jari Juhani Piper, Sarah Kirsch, Lacie Marchand and Damla Tuncer. Her works are performed in Canada, Turkey and the United States. Ilkim completed composition and conducting undergraduate, and master’s programs at the Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University in Istanbul, composition master’s degree at the University of Manitoba and she hold a Ph.D. in composition from the University of Calgary. Her Dissertation topic focused on combinations of several musical traditions, architectural features, and cultural symbols and composing by deriving material from these.

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