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Dr. Jerfi Aji

Born in Istanbul, Turkey, in 1976, Jerfi Aji started his piano training at the age of five with private lessons from Zeynep Aksoy. He continued his piano studies with Hülya Ardıç, while pursuing an engineering degree at Istanbul Technical University (ITU) in the Department of Textile Engineering. Aji then completed a Master of Music in Piano Performance at ITU’s Dr. Erol Üçer Center for Advanced Studies in Music (MIAM), where he studied piano with State Artist Ayşegül Sarıca, graduating in 2001. Meanwhile, he also earned an M.Sc. degree in Industrial Engineering at Boğaziçi University. In 2006, Aji was accepted to the Peabody Conservatory of the Johns Hopkins University, where he completed his doctoral studies in piano performance with Marian Hahn, graduating with a DMA degree in 2011.

Jerfi Aji has given solo recitals and chamber music concerts in Turkey and the United States, and has played in several contemporary music ensembles. He made his orchestral debut with the Bursa State Symphony Orchestra, Turkey, in 2002, playing Ravel’s Piano Concerto in G major. Aji also studied with prominent pianists and pedagogues, including Thomas Hecht, Dimitry Rachmanov, Angela Cheng and Ali Darmar, among others. He performed in masterclasses with Leon Fleisher, Murray Perahia and Jerome Rose, and participated in the ARIA International Summer Academy in Muncie, Indiana, and the International Keyboard Institute and Festival at Mannes College of Music.

In 2011, Aji was awarded the Frances M. Wentz Turner Memorial Prize in Piano presented by the Peabody Conservatory. During his studies there, he was granted a graduate teaching assistantship in Opera Accompaniment. Jerfi Aji is currently on the faculty of ITU-MIAM.