Ertan Torgul, Violin
Balancing a tremendously busy career of recital engagements, a full calendar of chamber music concerts and Guest Concertmaster appearances, Mr. Torgul is a well rounded and much sought after musician. As a soloist and Guest Concertmaster he has performed with numerous orchestras around the country including Indianapolis, Sacramento, Phoenix, Tucson, Dallas Opera, Shreveport and San Antonio among many others. His solo repertoire includes more than twenty concertos and his most recent performance of The QUAD Concerto as a member of SOLI Chamber Ensemble has earned him rave reviews. Before deciding to leave his post in 2012, Mr. Torgul has served as Associate and Acting Concertmaster of the San Antonio Symphony for 16 seasons.
His chamber music and recital performances have taken him around the world to such prestigious locations as Paris, Vienna, Monte Carlo, Madrid, Buenos Aires, Rio De Janeiro, Brasilia, New York, San Francisco, San Diego, Houston and Miami where he performed with renowned individuals and groups such as, Jean Yves Thibaudet, Michael Tilson Thomas, Philippe Quint, Miami String Quartet, Fry Street Quartet, Degas Quartet, ROCO Quartet and many others. Mr. Torgul has been a member of the SOLI Chamber Ensemble since 1996 and has been the ensemble’s Managing/Artistic Director since 2009. The group, which specializes in contemporary repertoire, has recently made its New York debut to a standing room only crowd. The Ensemble performs concerts and residencies around the country and released 5 albums to date. SOLI is the recipient of the 2013 CMA/ASCAP Adventurous Programming Award for its innovative programming. Mr. Torgul is a founding member of the critically acclaimed SUONO Duo, with renowned pianist Aileen Chanco, and “Quinteto Quilombo” a Tango Quintet specializing in “Tango Nuevo”. Mr. Torgul was also a member of the former Plymouth String Quartet. The Florida based quartet received first prize in the Prix Mercure Wettbewerb in Vienna, second prize in the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition and was a finalist in the Paolo Borciani String Quartet Competition in Italy. His summer engagements include Mainly Mozart Festival in San Diego California, Music in the Mountains in Grass Valley California, and Sun Valley Summer Symphony in Sun Valley, Idaho.
Torgul started his violin studies at the Ankara State Conservatory at the age of twelve with Prof. Nuri Çeken. Later he was entered in the “Special status” program designed for gifted students where he studied violin with Professor Suna Kan, one of Turkey’s premier soloists. After receiving his Bachelor of Music Degree in 1987 Mr. Torgul moved to the United States and continued his studies with William Barbini, Concertmaster of the Sacramento Symphony. He was a member of the Sacramento Symphony for two years before he went to Indiana University for further studies with Prof. Franco Gulli where he received his Performers Diploma. Shortly after Mr. Torgul joined the New World Symphony where he served as Concertmaster under Michael Tilson Thomas for two seasons, and recorded, under Argo Label, “Defining Dahl. The Music of Ingolf Dahl.”
Ertan plays on a 1690 Grancino violin on loan from a true gentleman of the arts.