Şölen Dikener continues his music career in the USA as cello/bass professor and director of the university symphony orchestra at Marshall University, and he also works in Turkey where he is the director of the international summer music academy and chamber music festival, Akademi Datca. Dikener has performed in the US, Turkey, Germany, Austria, and France as a recitalist, chamber musician, and soloist with orchestras. As a dedicated chamber musician, Dikener has shared the stage with the Shanghai String Quartet as well as several other groups. In the recording studio, Dikener has premiered the cello works by Turkish composers for the AK Muzik and Yesa labels. His first CD, which features the world premiere recording of the Elegy by Paul Tortelier, was released in 1998 and is available at towerrecords.com. Another CD includes the music of living Turkish composer Ilhan Baran (2002).
A dedicated teacher, Dr. Dikener established the annual Ohio Valley Cello Festival in Huntington (2003) to gather cellists for a festive cello day. His teaching experience includes full-time professorships at Central Michigan University and Hacettepe University (Turkey) and as director of Crescendo Academy in Michigan.
Şölen Dikener began his cello studies at the age of eight and attended the State Conservatory of Music in Ankara, Turkey, in the class of “Highly Gifted Students.” Following his college graduation at the age of eighteen, he worked with Professor Tobias Kühne in Vienna, Austria, and became an assistant to legendary Paul and Maud Tortelier in Nice, France, where he also worked with Frieder Lenz and Michel Lethiec. Mr. Dikener immigrated to the United States in 1992, and completed his cello studies at Louisiana State (MM) and Michigan State (DMA) Universities.
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