Turkish-born pianist and composer Hüseyin Sermet’s thirty-year career reflects his wide-ranging musical interests and intensely personal vision, encompassing a large and eclectic repertoire and pianistic versatility. Born in Istanbul in 1955, he began his education at the Ankara State Conservatoire. He continued his studies at the Paris Conservatoire and later at the Ecole Normale de Musique de Paris Alfred Cortot with Thierry de Brunhoff, Nadia Boulanger and Maria Curcio. He also studied composition with Olivier Messiaen and received the 'Lili Boulanger Award' for his early string quartet.
He has collaborated with leading orchestras such as the London Philharmonic, Orchestre de Paris, the Luzern, Bamberger, Shanghai, Tokyo, Detroit, Trondheim, Berlin, Galician, and the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, under the baton of V. Jurowski, S. Bychkov, D. Robertson, L. Foster, P. Heras-Casado, J. Gaffigan, K. Urbanski, Sir R. Norrington, M. Plasson and others. He has also given recitals in the most prestigious concert halls as well as at international festivals worldwide.
Equally active as a composer, Sermet’s first major composition 'Réminiscènce 1' was premiered at the Empéri Festival in 1997 and broadcast live by France Musique. A commission from the Tokyo Symphony Orchestra, 'Dream and Nightmare' was premiered in 2004, and in 2006 there followed 'Sculptures 1', commissioned by İş Bank. Most recently, 'Réminiscènces II' received its premier in Istanbul in May 2012.
A devoted mentor of young talent and highly regarded for his many appearances in Japan, Sermet was filmed by NHK TV for a series of fifteen televised masterclasses with young pianists broadcast throughout Japan. Many of Hüseyin Sermet's numerous recordings for Naïve, Ηarmonia Μundi and Erato have won major international prizes, including his disc of Ravel's solo piano works and three discs devoted to Alkan (all winning a Diapason d’Or de l'Année).