Originally from Istanbul, Selin Gürol started playing the clarinet at the age of 11 and was graduated from Music High School of Bilkent University in Selen Özyıldırım’s class in Ankara, Turkey. Later on, she attended the undergraduate class of Michel Lethiec at the Conservatoire National de Nice where she was awarded the Prix de Perfectionnement and obtained her Soloist Bachelor Diploma at Nice University. After perfecting her skills in France, she decided to move to Switzerland in order to continue her musical career in Frédéric Lapin’s class at Haute École de Musique de Lausanne where she obtained her Master of Arts in Music Performance Diploma.
Successfully passing the audition of Zurich Opera where only one person is welcomed annually, Ms. Gürol started her internship in Philharmonia Zürich - Opernhaus whilst being qualified for the Master Specialized in Orchestra Performance in Zürcher Hochschule der Künste. Given this opportunity, she had the chance to work with many clarinetists such as Fabio di Càsola, Robert Pickup, Heinrich Mätzener and Felix-Andreas Genner. During the masterclass in Chigiana Academy with Alessandro Carbonare, she received the artist’s appreciation and was honored with an Academy Scholarship where she performed as a soloist in the concert. She completed her education at Alessandro Carbonare’s class at the “Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia” in Rome.
She was granted several scholarships and awards such as Musica Mundi Festival (Belgium); Académie d’Eté de Nice (France); Eczacıbaşı Foundation (Turkey); Bruno Schüler-Stiftung (Switzerland).
In addition to Philharmonia Zürich - Opernhaus, she took part in many orchestras such as Yehudi Menuhin Academy, Animato Philharmonic, Netherlands Youth, Mediterranean Youth under the baton of Vladimir Ashkenazy, Marko Letonja, Carlo Rizzi, Ralf Weikert, Peter Eötvös, Christian Zacharias, Domingo Hindoyan and Kevin Griffiths.
Ms. Gürol performed as a soloist with the many orchestras such as Istanbul State Symphony Orchestra, Bilkent Symphony Orchestra and Çukurova State Symphony Orchestra. Furthermore, she has performed live on the Radio Espace 2 in Switzerland with her own project which is called “Turkish Contemporary and Traditional Music”.
She was invited to world-renowned music festivals in Turkey, France, Italy, Belgium, Sweden, Switzerland, Tunisia, Hungary, Croatia, Slovenia, Greece, Spain, Monaco, Germany, Netherlands, Austria, Czechia and Slovakia.
She’s also a member of Galata Trio with Venezuelan bassoonist Oswin Carruido and Turkish Pianist Assoc. Prof. Kandemir Basmacıoğlu.
Besides her carrier as a soloist, chamber musician and orchestra member; Clarinetist Selin Gürol continues her academic career with her PhD in Istanbul University State Conservatory. With her imagination, perception, and constant search for the novelties, Gürol is following her own path.
If you only play the notes written on the score, stop and start making music instead. So smile, be optimistic and enjoy!