Unaldi became the first Turkish pianist to become a laureate by winning the second prize at the 17th International Johannes Brahms Competition in Austria. His solid performance in three rounds were praised by the jury with such critics as: "the best Brahms interpretation". Following the competition, Unaldi attracted attentions in international arenas and he was offered concert arrangements. 

 

Unaldi began his musical training by taking private piano and theory lessons from Prof. Seckin Gokbudak. His non-musician parents were classical music lovers and since his childhood, classical music records were being played at home all the time. In order to listen to the live concerts of the Presidential Symphony Orchestra, Unaldi family took daily trips from Konya to Ankara which were the first inspirational moments of music for him. Thanks to those visits, Unaldi was also able to see the conservatories in Ankara. He was at the seventh grade when he began to see his future in the music world and decided to quit college to be a conservatory student. Despite of his age - which is considered late in general - he was easily accepted to both Hacettepe University  State Conservatory and Bilkent University Music and Performing Arts Faculty 

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He was fourteen years old when he was accepted to the class of the great piano pedagog Gulnara Aziz (pupil of Prof. Nasedkin)  after the auditions of the Bilkent University Music and Performing Arts Faculty. Unaldi was improving very rapidly as he was able to win the third prize of a national competition, performing Grieg's piano concerto at the final stage just several months after the auditions. In eight years Unaldi graduated with distinction, at the top of his department and faculty.

As well as being a soloist, Unaldi is the member of the “Bosphorus Trio”  formed with extraordinary musicians Ozgecan Gunoz Kizilay, violin and Caglayan Cetin, cello. “Unaldi Ensemble” is another chamber music group, a duo formed with a unique viola player Elena Nayman-Unaldi who happens to be his dear wife. 

Ozgur Unaldi also enjoys composing and includes his own compositions for solo piano such as Prelude, Toccata and cadenzas in some of his concerts. He also makes arrangements of selected works for different instruments.

 

While pursuing his active concert career, Unaldi also is a young pedagog, an associate professor at the Uludag University State Conservatory in Bursa, recently acknowledged as one of the leading conservatories in Turkey.

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Bosphorus Trio

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While he was being raised as a soloist, he was also encouraged to study composition by many professors of the Theory and Composition Department. As double bachelor diploma was not available, he settled for completing some selected courses of the department and his efforts were praised by professors. In his graduation year, he performed concertos with the Bilkent Youth Symphony Orchestra as well as the Presidential Symphony Orchestra in Ankara. Not long after, he won the aspirantura (the highest degree for performers in Russia) exams in Moscow – Tchaikovsky State Conservatory where his studies were sponsored by Dr. Nejat F. Eczacibasi Foundation. Ozgur Unaldi was accepted to the class of Prof. Irina Plotnikova, a great musician and pedagogue, meritorious artist of Russia. Unaldi soon became a special pupil of the pedagogue, inspiring many listeners in his recitals and concerts in Moscow. Following his successful graduation from aspirantura studies in June, 2010, he returned to Turkey in order to contribute the best that he can for the cultural progress of his homeland by giving concerts both solo and chamber music, inviting worldclass artists as well as educating many piano students.  

 

He took part in many concerts and festivals such as "Kamarihelmi" in Espoo, "International Sarajevo Winter Festival" in Sarajevo, "Gülsin Onay Piyano Günleri" in Tekirdağ, "Klasikkeyifler" in Capadoccia, "International Gümüşlük Classical Music Festival", "Schostakovich Festival" in İstanbul. 

He played concertos with conductors such as Bushkov, Dogu, Gints, Goetzel, Pirolli, Sobolev, Şensoy, Tura, Tüzün and Osmanaliyev. In March 2016, performing two concertos in a row (Rachmaninov no.2 c-minor, and Tchaikovsky no.1 b-flat minor), his Bishkek debut was regarded so highly that he was mentioned as "one of the top pianists of our time". The delighted public gave a long standing ovation after the remarkable performance which by the press was called as a "triumph" at the Kyrgyz National Philharmonic Hall.

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