Turkish-American violinist, Zeynep Alpan, started studying the violin at the age of 5 as part of her music therapy treatment for her diagnosis of speech delay. Almost immediately after being introduced to the violin, Zeynep began to speak. Following a year and a half of violin studies, she had her first solo appearance with Vivaldi’s A minor Violin Concerto, after winning the Peabody Concerto Competition.
Since then, Zeynep has been the first prize winner in many competitions, some of which include the Dorothy DeLay Competition, the Juilliard Concerto Competition, and the Goldie and Feder Memorial Competition and has performed in a myriad of prestigious venues such as Carnegie Hall, Royal Albert Hall, and the Kennedy Center Concert Hall. Most recently, Zeynep gave a solo performance for the President of the Republic of Turkey at the Türkevi in New York City.
With a passion for teaching, Zeynep is a New York Philharmonic Teaching Artist partnering with New York City Schools and has also partnered with the Kennedy Center and PBS (WNET) for educational projects and programs. Zeynep is on faculty for the Lincoln Center Audition Boot Camp and the chamber music program, Point CounterPoint.
In addition, Zeynep produces a multitude of events including community outreach programs, performances, workshops, and lectures. In 2019, Zeynep co-founded the project, Turkish-American Cultural Laboratory, where she produced a variety of educational events and performances in Ankara and at Bilkent University with the goal of enhancing the cultural collaboration between the artists of America and Turkey and their communities.
Zeynep is a graduate of the Juilliard School (B.M. and M.M.) and is currently a Doctoral Candidate of Violin Performance at Stony Brook University.