Education Background

  • D.M.A. in Performance Practice, Cornell University
  • M.M.A. in Performance Practice, Cornell University
  • Music Education Degree, Musikhochschule Lubeck, Germany
  • Artist's Diploma, Musikhochschule Lubeck, Germany
  • B.A. in Piano Performance, Ankara State Conservatory, Turkey

Teaching Interests

  • Piano
  • Music history

Research Interests

  • the use of tempo rubato in Robert Schumann's keyboard music
  • performance practices of the 18th and the 19th centuries

Activities and Other Interests

Dr. Seskir has performed many solo recitals in Europe, the USA, and Turkey, and as well as with various orchestras as a soloist, playing Schumann's A-minor piano concerto Op. 54, Ravel's Concerto in G-major and Mozart's A-major, K. 414 piano concerto.

Her experience performing on a variety of historical keyboards, including 5-octave instruments from the second half of the 18th century, as well as 6 and 6.5-octave instruments from the first half of the 19th century, enriched and deepened her understanding of the genres and repertoire of these periods. She has given several guest lecture-recitals and workshops at schools such as UC Berkeley, Stanford University, Princeton University, the Royal Conservatory of the Hague, Trinity College of London and Penn State University. She presented her work on Schumann at King's College London, the American Musicological Society's (AMS) 2012 meeting, the Schumann-Haus in Zwickau, Germany, and the Basel Musikhochschule in Switzerland at a Schumann conference. These last two presentations resulted in two articles, both of which appeared by Studio Punkt Verlag, in Germany and in Basel, Switzerland, respectively. Seskir recently edited Robert Schumann's piano works Arabeske Op. 18 and Blumenstück Op.19 for the Schumann Complete Edition, which appeared in summer of 2016.

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