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Betül Soykan

Betül Soykan was born in Ankara, Turkey. She first started taking violin lessons at the age of 9. She studied at the Conservatoire in Izmir and went on to complete her Bachelors degree at Bilkent University in Ankara. Later she was accepted with a full scholarship to do her Masters degree (Concert Diploma) from Conservatoire Bern, in Switzerland. She won many competitions and awards during her studies in Bern, including a special “Distinction Award” at the Concert Diploma Recital from Conservatoire Bern. Among her greatest influences were: Professor Ion Voicu, Iwona Woichiehowska, Ulrich Lehmann, Stanislav Apolin, and Rudolf Baumgartner. She took part in various master classes with world renown musicians such as Vladimir Spivakov, Igor Ozim, and Trio di Trieste. She has taken several touring positions with orchestras in North America and Europe, where to this day she continues to perform regularly as a soloist and chamber music player. Betül has performed in many recordings and played in small ensembles with popular artists such as Sarah Brightman, Ray Charles, Smoky Robinson, Nancy Wilson and others.

Riè Aikawa

Riè Aikawa was born in Tokyo. At the age of four, she had her first piano lesson with her mother, and later with Professor Jun Date. She studied at the Music Academy of Karlsruhe with Professor Werner Genuit and at the Royal Academy of Music in London, where she earned a concert diploma with Professor Frank Wibaut. She participated in master classes with Professor Bruno Canino in Switzerland and studied chamber music and hammerflügel with Jürg Ewald Dähler. Riè was assistant to Professor karl Engel and attended various master classes by Professor Hans Leygraf, Edith Picht-Axenfeld, Louis Hiltbrand, András Schiff and others. She works performed regularly as a soloist in Japan and Europe. Riè has taken part in several chamber music recordings.


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