Aysegul Durakoglu (edurakog)

Aysegul Durakoglu

Teaching Professor

School of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences


  • PhD (1997) New York University (Music Theory and Performance)
  • MM (1987) Juilliard School of Music (Music-Piano )
  • BM (1982) Mimar Sinan Univ.-Istanbul Conservatory (Piano Performance)
  • Other (1980) Istanbul Municipal Conservatory (Piano Performance and Composition)


The music and philosophy of Friedrich Nietzsche

Chamber music and solo piano compositions of contemporary Turkish composers

Musical journey of Sephardics from Spain to Turkey

Contemporary musical styles and practices in the Eastern Mediterranean region

Please see attached CV on PasteBoard

General Information

Research/ Publication

Nietzsche and Music: Philosophical Thoughts and Musical Experiments compiled and edited by Aysegul Durakoglu, Michael Steinmann, and Yunus Tuncel. July 2022

Presentation of Nietzsche's music and philosophy in national and international conferences and academic events.

Audio Recordings

A Turk in America: Chamber Music and Solo Piano works by M. N. Beken 2019 North-South Consonance Inc.

Dances through the Keyboard, 2016 recorded at Jazz at Lincoln Center

Twelve Piano Etudes of Claude Debussy, 2011

Favorite Piano Works, 2009
Alla Turca, 2006

Video Recordings

Stravinsky Tango: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9fQY_Hv15XI

Debussy Valse Romantique: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=48meafojoxc

World Piano Day Video Recording on March 28, 2023: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q0snRLt2a6c


Lecture-Recital at the Goethe Institute in Boston, 04/15/2023

World Piano Day Performance at Stevens Institute of Technology, 03/28/2023

Solo Recital at the Lycee Saint Benoit in Istanbul-Turkey, 03/11/2023

Solo Performance at the Earthquake Relief Concert in Drom-NYC, 02/2023

Lecture-Recital as part of Nietzsche Symposium at NYU, 02/10/2023

Lecture-Recital at Campus Point Connection: The Music and Philosophy of Friedrich Nietzsche at Stevens Institute of Technology, 12/06/2022

Solo Recital at The Anatolian Artists Festival: Blue Gallery-NYC, 10/22/2022

Lecture-Recital at the Historical Society of West Virginia, 04/2022

Nietzsche and Music Event: Karahan Studio, NYC, 05/ 2022

Beethoven@Stevens: A Virtual Festival-Lecture Performance
S.C. Williams Library at Stevens, 2020

A Musical Journey with the Orient Express: DeBaun Auditorium At Stevens, 2019

10th World Piano Conference: Piano works of F. Nietzsche, 2018-Novi Sad, Serbia

Radio Interview and Performance at Cazkolik, Istanbul, January 2016.

Solo Performance at Shangri-La in Istanbul, December 2015Lecture-Recital on

Debussy’s Piano Etudes: Novi Sad, Serbia, June 2015
Program and Interview in

“Miniatures”: TRT Istanbul Radio Station on July 8, 2014.

Performance of solo piano works of Turkey’s leading electronic music composer Ilhan Mimaroglu: The International Ankara Jazz Festival, June 14, 2014.

“From Bach to Buenos Aires” at the Classical Concert Series of St. Peter’s Church in New York City, May 26, 2014.

An Evening of Piano and Dance Music: The Samuel C. William Library, Stevens Institute of Technology, November 22, 2013

A Musical Journey with the Orient Express: Grand Hall at the Pera Palas Hotel, Istanbul-Turkey, September 6, 2013

Rhythms and Dances with Musica Mundana: Series of Latin American Music at Drom in New York City, May 23, 2013

Music of the Sephardic and Turkish Cultures: The Embassy of the Republic of Turkey in Washington DC, March 21, 2013

Songs and Dances from Distant Lands: DeBaun Auditorium at the Stevens Institute of Technology, November 28, 2012

A Musical Journey with the Orient Express: The Allen Room at the Frederick P. Rose Hall, home of Jazz at Lincoln Center, June 2, 2012


(Please see attached CV)

Since her acclaimed New York Debut Recital, Aysegul Durakoglu has been concertizing as soloist and chamber musician nationally and internationally. She was featured as soloist in the International Istanbul Music Festival with James Galway, International Ankara jazz Festival, Contemporary Music Festivals in Russia, Musical Intersections and International Niagara Chamber Music Festival in Canada, Borges Cultural Center in Buenos Aires, and has participated in the World Piano Conference in Serbia. She has also appeared as soloist with major orchestras in Turkey and has been featured in radio and television programs in the States.

Aysegul began her musical life in Istanbul and received her Bachelor of Music degree at the Istanbul State Conservatory. As a recipient of a scholarship, she came to the United States to pursue her graduate studies. She received her Master’s from the Juilliard School and a Ph.D. degree with notable distinction at the New York University where she also served on the piano faculty. As a member of the NYU Chamber Music Society she premiered numerous works at Merkin Hall and won the NYU’s Chamber Music Special Award.

Durakoglu has been the director of the Chamber Music Society, Musica Mundana and has presented chamber music programs in major venues like the Jazz at Lincoln Center in NY, Merkin Concert Hall, and Jumeirah Pera-Palas in Istanbul. Recently, she has released an album titled “Dances through the Keyboard” featuring the piano works of Bach, Chopin, and Debussy, and has contributed to the publication of an anthology on the philosophy and music of Nietzsche. Since then, she has been presenting lecture-recitals and performing Nietzsche's piano works in various conferences and music venues. Dr. Durakoglu has been a faculty member in the Music and Technology Division of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences at the Stevens.

Institutional Service

  • M101-Maintenance of Keyboard Lab and Hiring Lab Monitors Member
  • Search Committee Member
  • Portfolio Review Member
  • Study Plan Development Member
  • Cooedinator of HMU 497-Recital Chair
  • Coordinator of HMU 496-Private Instruction Chair
  • M101 Keyboard Lab Monitoring Member
  • Search Committee-M&T and CAL Member
  • Portfolio Review Committee Member
  • Monitoring M101-Keyboard Lab and Distribution of Keyboards Member
  • Coordination of Private Instructions and Recitals Chair
  • Portfolio Review of Undergraduate Applications Member
  • Coordination of Private lessons Chair
  • Coordination of Student Recital Member
  • Monitoring M101-Keyboard Lab Member
  • Portfolio Review Member
  • Portfolio Webinar Member
  • Monitoring M101; Piano Tuning and Keyboard Repair Member
  • Music and Technology Program: Coordinating Private Instruction Chair
  • M&T Program: Coordinating Student Recitals Chair
  • Representation of M&T and CAL in Admitted Student Weekend Member
  • M&T Faculty Search Committee Member
  • M&T Program: Portfolio Review for Admissions Member

Professional Service

  • The Global NGO Executive Committee Board Member
  • WPTA-World Piano Teachers Association Advisory Member
  • Ataturk Society of America NGO Member-Representative of ASA to the United Nations
  • WPTA-International World Piano Teachers' Association Member of World Piano Teachers' Association
  • Musica Mundana, Chamber Music Society Artistic Director
  • Musica Mundana, Chamber Music Society Director
  • Director of the Chamber Music Society, Musica Mundana
  • Nietzsche Circle of New York Member
  • ASA DPI-NGO Representative to the UN

Consulting Service

Consulting services for young musicians to create performance opportunities as part of the Chamber Music Society, Musica Mundana's services.


Elected appointment as the Director of Global NGO Executive Committee to the United Nations, June 2022-2023.

Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Workshop and master class at the Lycee Saint-Benoit, Istanbul-Turkey, 03/2023

Organization of Earthquake Relief Concert at Drom-New York City, 02/2023

Lecture-Recital for the students of the West Virginia University and the Historical Society of Parkersburg, West Virginia. 04/2022

Virtual Festival: Beethoven@Stevens (11/2020)

Chamber Music Concert: A Musical Journey with the Orient Express at Debaun Auditorium (02/2019)

Honors and Awards

NYU PhD Dissertation, Notable Distinction NYU Chamber Music Society’s Special Award for Leadership

Contribution Award by ASA-USA, 2018

Travel grants to participate in the International Conferences in Berlin, Canada, Serbia, and the United States

Professional Societies

  • AMS – American Musicological Society Member
  • ASA in DC – Ataturk Society of America Fellow
  • GNEC – Global NGO Executive Committee to the United Nations Fellow
  • WPTA – World Piano Teacher Association Member
  • Musica Mundana, Chamber Music Society Senior member
  • ASA – Ataturk Society of America Senior member
  • WPTA – World Piano Teachers Association Member
  • ASA – UN-NGO Representative to the United Nations Member
  • CMS – College Music Society Member
  • CMA – Chamber Music America Member
  • CMS – College Music Society Member
  • MMCMS – Musica Mundana Chamber Music Society Senior member
  • NC-NY – Nietzche Circle/New York Member

Grants, Contracts and Funds


Patents and Inventions


Selected Publications


  1. Durakoglu, A. (2022). Nietzsche and Music: Philosophical Thoughts and Musical Experiments (pp. 513). London: Cambridge Scholars Publishing.

Book Chapter

    CD Album

    1. Durakoglu, A. (2019). A Turk in America. Piano and Chamber Music Compositions by Munir Nurettin Beken (N/S R 1067 ed., vol. 1, pp. NA). Albany, New York: North/South Consonance.


    HMU 101 (LFC)-History of European Music 1; HMU 102-History of E. Music 2
    HMU 220 Keyboard Studies 1; HMU 221 Keyboard Studies 2
    HMU 322 and 324-Keybaord Studies 3 and 4
    HMU 350-Music of the Eastern Mediterranean Cultures
    HMU 496-Private Instruction (piano)
    HMU 497-Recital
    HMU 498-Ensemble
    CAL 498-Senior Thesis Preparation
    CAL 499-Senior Thesis