Cello, Music Appreciation
Smith Music Hall 204
Mr. 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 performed in the US, Turkey, Germany, Austria and France as a recitalist, chamber musician and soloist with orchestras. As a dedicated chamber musician, Dikener shared the stage with Shangai String Quartet; as well as performed with several other groups. Since 2002 he plays regularly with Fontana Piano Trio, ensemble in residence at MU. In recording studio, Dikener premiered the cello works by Turkish composers for AK Muzik and Yesa labels. His first CD that features world premiere recording of the Elegy by Paul Tortelier, was released in 1998 and it is available at www.towerrecords.com. Another of his CD is 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 fulltime 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 18, he worked with Prof. 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.