Mertol Demirelli was born in 1996 in Ankara. He began his music studies when he was four years old, private piano lessons followed when he was five. Displaying noticeable talent at the special admittance examinations, Mertol was accepted to the Bilkent University, Faculty of Music and Performing Arts, Music Preparatory Primary Schoolwith full scholarship. He studied piano with Oya Ünler for four years and with Ersin Onay for a year. Mertol also continued his high school education and followed a special program for talented children at this school by taking courses on Music Theory, Ear Training, with Orhun Orhon, Composition with Turgut Pöğün, Orhun Orhon and Onur Türkmen and Violin with Eda Delikçi. He was accepted to the Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel (Belgium) in October 2010 with full scholarship from Mr Bernard and Mrs Valérie Van Hool and studied piano with Abdel Rahman El Bacha for four years. After October 2014, he studied piano under the direction of Maria-Joāo Pires who invited him to the Partitura Project to share the stage on regular occasions the following year. In September 2016, he entered the Haute Ecole de Musique de Vaud-Valais-Fribourg (HEMU), becoming a student of Ricardo Castro and promoted to complete the program in two years. As the only pianist accepted to the master soloist program in 2018, he continues his education in the same institution. Simultaneously, he started the Piano and Direction from the keyboard course in the Fiesole Music School (Italy, Florence) in 2018.
At the age of seven in 2003, he won the IBLA Grand Prize Italy. The price included organization of concerts worldwide. In January 2004, Mertol gave concerts at Newcastle (England) in February 2004, at New York including Carnegie Hall and Arkansas-Little Rock (USA). At age 10, he won the first prize in the 7-15 age category of Onay Art piano competition in Istanbul. In 2011, he has been granted a prize "Young artist of the year, in Germany" during Munich concert by The Rupert Gabler Foundation. At age 23, he won the second prize in the Concert Pianist category of Concours International de piano d'île de France in 2019.
Between 2003 and 2011, he was recognized as a child prodigy and gave over 100 concerts in Turkey and internationally. Some of his important concerts; he performed W.A. Mozart’s Concerto for Piano No.11 when he was 8. At 9, the Piano Concerto No.12, at 11, the Piano Concerto No.23. When he was 10 in 2007, at the opening of 35th International Istanbul Music Festival, he played the J.S. Bach Concerto for Two Pianos, in C minor with Idil Biret at Hagia Eirene Museum. At 12, he played Mozart Concerto For Two Pianos with Hüseyin Sermet at Istanbul and Beethoven Triple Concerto at Munich. At 14, he played at the Belgium premiere of Mozart’ s Violin and Piano Concerto, KV Anh. 56 (315f) in March 2011 at Brussels at Flagey. Demirelli performed at the organisations at that time such as Akbank Piano Days, Mersin International Music Festival, Antalya International Piano Festival as well as special concerts at Turkish National Grand Assembly, Vehbi Koç Foundation. In 2004, he played at the special vocations which Prof. Dr. Ihsan Doğramaci gave to President of Azerbaijan; Ilham Aliyev, and in 2007 President of Israel; Shimon Peres. He performed with Fazil Say at his Ayvalık and Antalya International Piano Festival concerts in 2004. In 2005 with the invitation of The Turkish Foreign Ministry he gave concerts in Jordan, in 2008 Lithuania and Switzerland in Geneva at Palais des Nations of UN. He also performed with The Spivakov Genious Children at Boğaziçi University in 2007. He played at the Spivakov Music Festival at Moskow in 2008 and at the Summer of Culture Festival at Bratislava in 2009. He played at Belgium Royal Palace in November 2010.
In 2011, he played Liszt Piano Concerto No. 1 with Cem Mansur and the Youth Philharmonic Orchestra of Turkey at Istanbul and Munich. He played Mendelssohn’s Concerto for Violin and Piano (MWV O4) with Jean-Claude Casadesus and The Sinfonia Varshovia at the opening concert of Queen Elisabeth Musical Voyage 2011 in Istanbul. He played Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No.1 in October 2013, at the opening of concert season in Istanbul. He performed at Vexin Festival in 2012-2014, at Beethoven Festival in Brussels in 2014. He gave a recital at Barcelona University in 2014.
He gave a recital in Brussels at Zita in 2018. In 2018, He played Liszt Piano Concerto No.1 with Ricardo Castro and Bahia Youth Orchestra (NEOJIBA) in Brazil concerts being within the scope of preparations for the European tour with Martha Argerich. He played Beethoven Piano Concerto No.5 with Eskişehir Metropolitan Municipality Symphony Orchestra in February 2019. He played at Max van der Linden Festival in Brussels in March 2019 and performed a program around the theme of water.
He has also been broadcast on Bavarian Radio, Swiss Radio Television (RTS), Turkish Radio Television (TRT) and CNN Turk.
He attended Gulsin Onay, Muhittin Demiriz, Idil Biret, Edna Golandsky, Dmitri Bashkirov, Jean-Claude Vanden Eynden, Pietro De Maria, Giovanni Bellucci and Oya Ünler’ s master-classes. He attented chamber music course and worked with Hartmut Ometzberger and Diana Cummings in Graz, Austria.
He will give recitals at Rome (Sala Valdese di Piazza Cavour, October 2019), at Waterloo (Quenn Elisabeth Music Chapel, November 2019), at Paris (American Church, February 2020). He will play with the Lausanne Chamber Orchestra and Orchestra Galilei in 2020.
Mertol Demirelli has given concerts with all major Turkish orchestras including the Bilkent Symphony, Antalya, Bursa, Çukurova, Istanbul State Symphony, The Borusan Istanbul Philharmonic, CRR, Eskişehir Metropolitan Municipality, Doğuş Children’ s, Presidential Symphony of Turkey, The Youth Philharmonic Orchestra of Turkey and Kaunas Symphony, The Royal Chamber Orchestra of Wallonia, The Sinfonia Varshovia, NEOJIBA. The conductors he collaborated with are Augustin Dumay, Burak Tüzün, Cem Mansur, Ender Sakpınar, Gürer Aykal, Işın Metin, Ibrahim Yazıcı, Jean-Claude Casadesus, Kevin Griffiths, Modestas Pitrenas, Oğuzhan Kavruk, Rengim Gökmen, Ricardo Castro and Roberto Gianola.
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