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Memphis Composers

Memphis area composers, including current and former faculty, students, community members.



Dr. Kamran Ince holds a Bachelor of Music degree from Oberlin College (1982) and a Master's of Music (1984) and a Doctorate of Musical Arts (1987) from the Eastman School of Music. He was born in Glendive, Montana and moved at the age of six with his family to Turkey. He entered the Ankara State Conservatory in 1971 at the age of ten, where he began studying cello and piano, and began taking composition lessons with İlhan Baran. In 1977 Ince entered the İzmir University where he studied composition with Muammer Sun although Ince  returned to the United States in 1978 where he enrolled at the Oberlin College in Ohio in 1980. His teachers there included David Burge (piano), Joseph Schwantner, Christopher Rouse, Samuel Adler and Barbara Kolb (composition)

Ince won a Prix de Rome and a Guggenheim Fellowship in 1987, and the Lili Boulanger Memorial Prize in 1988. In 1990 he moved to Ann Arbor, Michigan to become a visiting professor at the University of Michigan, and in 1992 joined the faculty of the University of Memphis where he teaches composition and co-directs the University of Memphis Imagine New Music Festival. In addition,  İnce founded the Center for Advanced research in Music at Istanbul Technical University, which he has directed since 1999.


Links to scores and recordings in the U of M collection are indicated.

Academica : rhapsodic overture : for orchestra  score    CD


Arches : for chamber ensemble

Blue journey (1982) : for piano solo

Cross scintillations : 1986 : for piano with two players

Curve : for string quartet

Deep flight : for orchestra

Domes : for orchestra

Ebullient shadows : for orchestra

Evil eye deflector : Turkish rock

Fantasie of a sudden turtle : a piano quartet

Fest : for new music ensemble and orchestra

Hammer music

Hot, red, cold, vibrant : for orchestra

In memoriam, 8/17/99 : for piano

Infrared : for orchestra


Curve, for Piano Quartet -performed by Ankara University Soloists