|Pianist Zeynep Ucbasaran
was born in Istanbul, Turkey.
She entered the Istanbul Conservatory at age four - one of the youngest ever to be admitted.
In 1987 Ucbasaran started her studies in the Liszt Academy of Music in Budapest, where she worked with Prof. Zempleni Kornel, Prof. Katalin Nemes (pupil of Bela Bartok), Balazs Kecskes, and Prof. Istvan Lantos. After obtaining her Teacher and Concert Artist Diploma in 1994, she continued her studies with Prof. Dr. Tibor Szasz in Hochschule für Musik, Freiburg, Germany and obtained her Diploma in Aufbaustudium I.
She has her advanced graduate degrees in Piano Performance from the University of Southern California, Los Angeles: MA (2000), DMA (2004).
Zeynep Ucbasaran has given solo recitals and concerts in Turkey, Egypt, Hungary, Holland, England, Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Germany, Switzerland, Belarus, Estonia, Slovenia, Lithuania, and the United States in addition to several chamber music performances.
Among other professional awards such as the American Liszt Society Award, 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 recorded for Eroica Classical Recordings the music of Franz Liszt (Santa Barbara Liszt Album, 2001) and (Liszt/Sonata in B minor, 2003), Franz Schubert (Virtuoso Schubert, 2002) works of W. A. Mozart (Mozart, 2005) and Scarlatti through twentieth-century composers (Scarlatti/Beethoven/Saygun/Bernstein/Muczynski, 2005) to critical acclaim. She recorded another collection of Mozart sonatas for Eroica in 2007 (Mozart, 2007). Her recording of piano works of the Turkish composer A. Adnan Saygun was issued by Naxos International in April 2008 (Piano Music of A. Ahmet Saygun, 2008). She has brought of her complete cycle of Mozart sonatas to a close by two double CDs for Eroica in 2008 (Mozart: Early Sonatas, 2008), (Mozart: Early Sonatas, 2008). She has also recorded selections of two piano music for Eroica with pianist Sergio Gallo in 2008 (Music for Two Pianos, 2008).
Since 1996 she has been living in Santa Barbara, California.
She is on the Internet at www.zupiano.com