Dr. Şőlen Dikener has been the professor of cello and double bass at Marshall University since 2002. He began his teaching career as cello teacher at Hacettepe University in Turkey (1990-1995) and continued at Central Michigan University (1999-2000). As an educator, he has been a vigorous advocate of arts in the United States and Turkey, working on many levels of music education including as the director of Crescendo Music Academy in Michigan, as the coach for All State Orchestras and WV Youth Symphony, and as the founder/artistic director of Akademi Datca (2006-2008) an international summer music school and festival in southwestern Turkey. In 2010 he published a cello method book “Cello Warm-Up!” which received high critical acclaim from The Strad Magazine.
As a performer, he promotes the works of contemporary composers from Turkey and the USA. His recording projects feature the music of Ilhan Baran, Ahmed A. Saygun, Ilhan Usmanbas, Necil K. Akses, Cemal R. Rey, and Kamran Ince, as well as Paul Tortelier, Othmar Schoeck, William Matthews, Mark Zanter, David Walther, and David Williams. He has recorded seven compact discs that are available on iTunes, Amazon, Napster and other music stores. Some of his live performances were broadcasted on numerous radio stations including WWFM, WMUK, Radio France, and TRT (Turkish Radio & Television). Dr. Dikener has also appeared as solo cellist and chamber musician in the USA, Germany, Austria, France, Turkey, and England, and has also performed with the Kalamazoo Symphony, Huntington Symphony, CMU Orchestra, Kalamazoo College Orchestra, Marshall Orchestra, Bilkent Symphony, Presidential Symphony, Istanbul State Symphony, and the Hacettepe Symphony. These performances have given him the opportunity to collaborate with conductors Jean Perrison, Tadeusz Strugala, Raymond Harvey, Yoshimi Takeda, Isin Metin and Gurer Aykal, pianists Adam Neiman and Yefim Bronfman, and the Shangai String Quartet,. He is the founding member of Capital Trio (1997), based at SUNY -Albany, New York . The group has performed throughout New England and the midwest, along with the United Kingdom in concert venues including Cambridge University, Emerson College, Harvard University, Boston Athenaeum, Williams College, and the Franco Center.
During his studies in France, Dr. Dikener has been one of the final assistants of legendary French cellist Paul Tortelier. He received his Doctorate of Musical Arts degree from Michigan State University.