Ece Goksu

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Turkish jazz vocalist and pianist Ece Goksu was born in Ankara, Turkey. Growing up in a family of musicians encouraged her to start taking private piano lessons when she was 5. After finishing elementary school in New York City, her family returned to Turkey and she entered Hacettepe University State Conservatory’s piano department in 1993 where she had many recitals, chamber music concerts and performed with the H. U. State Conservatory’s orchestra. Goksu also double majored in Opera for one year. In 2002 she moved to Istanbul and transferred to Mimar Sinan University State Conservatory graduating from the piano department. Prior to moving to Istanbul she had developed an interest in jazz and once in Istanbul she began singing in clubs like Q Jazz Bar, Nardis Jazz Club, Naima Jazz Club, Istanbul Jazz Center and performed in the Istanbul International Jazz Festival and Afyon International Jazz Festivals. Goksu also participated in concerts in Dubai and Budapest. In 2007 Goksu was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship and studied jazz vocal performance with Nancy Marano in William Paterson University in New Jersey, where she earned her Master of Music degree. During her education in WPU she gave recitals and participated in big band concerts. Goksu attended master classes with world re-known pianists Aysegul Sarica and Huseyin Sermet. She has a wide repertoire in classical music from J.S. Bach to O. Messiaen and she continues to sing and play in New York City and New Jersey as well as teach private piano and voice lessons and makes accompaniments to singers and instrumentalists.

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