Award-winning cellist Emirhan Tunca made his orchestra debut as a soloist with the Istanbul Symphony at the age of eleven. Emirhan was born in Istanbul, Turkey into a family of musicians. He began studying the cello at the age of seven at Istanbul Conservatory where he received his Bachelor of Music. Emirhan was accepted into the studio of Marion Feldman at New York University Steinhardt where he received both his Master’s and Artist Diploma in Cello Performance. He went on to study at Manhattan School of Music and completed a Professional Studies diploma in cello performance. Since his debut at age eleven, Emirhan has appeared in numerous concerts and recitals in the United States and Europe, as well as national and international competitions. He made his Carnegie Hall debut in May 2012, performing Lalo’s cello concerto.
Following his first appearance at Carnegie Hall, he was invited back to perform Elgar’s cello concerto as a soloist with the New York Concerti Sinfonietta. Some of his many awards and honors include: 1st Prize at the 2004 International Young Virtuosos Competition in Bulgaria, 3rd Prize at the 2006 VI. Antonio Janigro International Cello Competition in Croatia, 2nd Prize at the 2007 International Austrian and German Music Competition in Bulgaria, 1st Prize at the 2007 International Young Musicians Competition in Italy,2nd Prize at the 2008 Turkish National Cello Competition in Turkey, 1st Prize at the 2009 International Young Musicians Cello Competition in Turkey, 1st Prize at the 2012 Associated Music Teachers League Competition in New York, 1st Prize at the 2013 New York University International String Competition in New York, 1st Prize at the 2015 NY Concerti Sinfonietta International Shining Stars Competition in New York.
Emirhan has had the honor to work with many of the most eminent cellists of our time including Yo-Yo Ma, Maria Kliegel, Claus Kanngiesser, Peter Bruns, Jens Peter Maintz, László Fenyö, Daniel Müller Schott, Antonio Meneses, Wolfgang Boettcher and Alexander Rudin.