who we are
Violinist, Ellen Jewett has performed in Europe, Japan, Africa, New Zealand, Canada and throughout the US in major venues such as Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall, and the Kennedy Center, both as recitalist and with groups such as Ensemble X, Taliesin Trio, American Chamber Players, New York Chamber Soloists and the New York Chamber Ensemble and the Mark Morris Dance Company. For 11 years Ms. Jewett was a member of the prize-winning Audubon Quartet with whom she performed over 150 concerts. Hailed by the New York Times for their “strikingly beautiful, luminescent sound” the quartet performed for 37 years throughout the US and abroad and coordinated an intensive string quartet seminar every summer at the Chautauqua Institute. They held their final concert there in the summer of 2011. Other chamber music collaborations include performances with Yo Yo Ma, James Buswell, Colin Carr, Eugenia Zuckerman, Anthony Newman and Marcus Thompson. An avid performer of contemporary music, she has performed many premiers and worked closely with such composers as Phillip Glass, Sir Michael Tippett, Leon Kirchener, John Harbison, Steven Mackey, Steven Stuckey, and Joan Tower and has performed with important NY-based contemporary music ensembles such as Continuum, Sequiter and Ensemble X. She is currently a founding member of Hezarfen Ensemble based in Istanbul. She received her BM at Indiana University and MM at State University of New York, Stony Brook where her major teachers were Joyce Robbins, James Buswell and Josef Gingold. She worked intensively with members of the Julliard, Tokyo and Budapest string quartets and was privileged to perform under Leonard Bernstein and Seiji Ozawa. Ms. Jewett performed as one of the concertmasters of the Borusan Philharmonic for 3 years under the invitation of Gurer Aykal and is currently the founder and artistic director of Klasik Keyifler, a chamber music festival in Cappadocia. She has served on the faculties of McGill University, SUNY Stony Brook, Ithaca College, and joined the faculty of the Ankara University in 2011. Ms. Jewett has recorded for Centaur, Chandos, Albany and Newport Classics.
Husam Suleymangil has worked for 30 years in the tourist sector guiding for archeological projects, film crews, educational, family and business tours throughout Turkey. He has long-term relationships with a wide variety of hotels, restaurants and businesses, and through his involvement with a great number of projects, gained valuable bureaucratic wisdom. This enables him to make the necessary contacts with individuals and organizations interested in supporting this project.