Volume 16, October 2022
A Technical Guidance for the Dragonetti Concerto In A Major By Édouard Nanny and Beyond

by Irmak Sabuncu

About the Author — Dr. Irmak Sabuncu

Born in 1981 in Germany, Irmak Sabuncu began music at the age of 10 with piano lessons. He then began double bass training in 1996 at Çukurova University, Turkey in Prof. Tahir Sümer's class. He continued his education in 1998 in Dokuz Eylül University, State Conservatory, Turkey. In 2005, he graduated from Prof. Tahir Sümer's double bass class. Irmak was accepted to Zurich University of the Arts (Zürcher Hochschule der Künste) in 2006. For the years of 2009 and 2010, he pursued his Konzert Diplom and CAS (Certificate of Advanced Studies in Music Performance) diplomas, respectively in the class Prof. Duncan McTier. Subsequently, he was accepted to the class of Prof. Bozo Paradzik in 2010 for pursuing Orchester Diplom in Musikhochschule Luzern, Switzerland and he completed this degree in 2013. Irmak also completed his practical training in Bern Symphony Orchestra (Switzerland) in 2011. He participated in Prof. Zakhar Bron's chamber orchestra.

In 2010, he attended to Sion Festival in Zhdk Strings Chamber Orchestra with Prof. Rudolf Koelman and Shlomo Mintz also participated "Herbst in der Helferei" (Zürich) Festival with Zürich Stringendo Chamber Orchestra throughout the four years (2008, 2009, 2010, and 2011). He took part in Winterthur Musikkollegium, Collegium Novum Zürich, Zürcher Kammerorchester, Berner Kammerorchester as well as Musikkollegium Basel orchestras. He attended workshop and master classes of Prof. Tahir Sümer, Prof. Bozo Paradzik, Franco Petracchi, Gary Karr, and Massimo Giorgi. During 2012-2017, he worked as a double bass lecturer at the Mersin University, State Conservatory, and teaching fellow in the University of North Texas from 2017 to 2020.

Irmak obtained his D.M.A. from the class of Professor Jeff Bradetich at the University of North Texas in May 2021.