String Quartet performance in Kapadokya, Turkey

from left: Beril Sun, Meriç Esen, Ezra Donner, Heidi Hoffman, Orhan Ahıskal
from left: Beril Sun, Meriç Esen, Ezra Donner, Heidi Hoffman, Orhan Ahıskal

From August 8-16, 2011, I attended the Klasik Keyifler Composers’ Cauldron in Kapadkoya, Turkey.  Composers Kamran InceMarc Mellits, and Michael Ellison, were in residence, along with many fabulous musicians from Turkey, Europe, and the United States.  My new string quartet, was workshopped and performed by Orhan Ahıskal and Beril Sun, violins; Meriç Esen, viola; and Heidi Hoffman, cello, for a full house in Şakir Paşa Medrese, an Ottoman School.  It was an amazing time and I was so grateful to be a part of it!