Zeynep Ucbasaran, concert pianist
Santa Barbara, California

Pianist Zeynep Ucbasaran started her music studies at age four at the Istanbul Conservatory. She has a Concert Artist Diploma from the Liszt Academy of Music , Budapest, where she studied under Prof. Zempleni Kornel, Prof. Katalin Nemes (pupil of Bela Bartok), Balazs Kecskes, and Prof. Istvan Lantos. She also has a Diploma in Aufbaustudium from the  Hochschule für Musik , in Freiburg, Germany. She has obtained her MA and DMA degrees in Piano Performance from the University of Southern California. Her awards include American Liszt Society Award, Rozsnyai Memorial Award, Ina Broida Award from UCSB, and USC Associates Music Merit Scholarship. She is also a recipient of the MAA 2001 Aspen Summer Music Festival Scholarship, where she was selected to play in the distinguished artist Master Class of Leon Fleisher. Ucbasaran was a prize-winner in the 1996 and 2000 Los Angeles Liszt Competitions. She was designated a "woman of distinction in the year 2003" by the Daughters of Ataturk organization in the US. She has given many recitals and concerts in Turkey, Hungary, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, England, Egypt, Estonia, Slovenia, Lithuenia, Belarus, and in the United States. Her Wigmore Hall debut in London was in November 2004. 

She has recorded Santa Barbara LISZT Album (Eroica JDT3092) Virtuoso SCHUBERT (Eroica JDT3108) LISZT / Sonata in B minor  (Eroica JDT3135) W. A. Mozart (Eroica JDT3222)Scarlatti / Beethoven / Saygun / Bernstein / Muczynski (Eroica JDT3223)W. A. Mozart (Eroica JDT3311)  for  Eroica Classical Recordings. In February 2007, she has recorded the piano music of the Turkish composer A. Adnan Saygun for Naxos International Naxos 8.570746 (April 2008). Her latest releases  are two double disks of Mozart sonatas,  W. A. Mozart: Early Sonatas (Eroica JDT3403) (August 2008) and  W. A. Mozart: Late Sonatas (Eroica JDT3404) (August 2008), concluding her recording of the complete piano sonatas of Mozart for Eroica, as well as selected music for two pianos, recorded with pianist Sergio Gallo:  Music for Two Pianos (Eroica JDT3421) .