Ayse Celasun is a world-class pianist with roots in Chicago, Paris, and Istanbul. She began her musical journey at the Conservatory of Istanbul. She received a scholarship to study under acclaimed French classical pianist and music educator, Germaine Mounier at the Ecole Normale de Musique de Paris, while also pursuing a degree in musicology at the University of Paris VIII. After completing her education, she began to teach, becoming a tenured Assistant Professor at GPSEA.
In 2012, Ayse moved to Chicago where she founded “Fine Arts Music – Performance and Scholarship, a non-profit organization that helps fund scholarships for Turkish female students, French emerging talent, and underprivileged children and teens in the Chicago area. In 2014, she founded “Notre École de Musique LLC,” a French curriculum-based music school. NEdM’s teachers are internationally acclaimed performing educators who are passionate about teaching young people the wonders of music. In 2022, she retired from GPSEA to run NEdM.
Having worked with Lelia Gousseau, A-R Petrossian, Jacques Lagarde, Marie-Françoise Bucquet, played in the Sons Croisés context, and shared the stage with Douglas Nestler, Andrew Scultze, and many others, Ayse Celasun is a classical musician you need to pay attention to. Want to hear her in person? If you’re in the Chicago area, you’re in luck. She will be performing on November 6th at Ganz Hall at Roosevelt University from 7:30 PM to 9:30 PM alongside Susan Warner, Terri Van Valkinburgh, Ann Palen, Kirsten Leslie Karadzhova, Nazar Dzuryn, Andrew Schultze, and Kevin Case for the “Chamber Music Friends” concert presented by Fine Artist Music – Performance and Scholarship. At the “Chamber Music Friends” concert, Ayse and the other talented musicians will perform classic works by Prokofiev, Ravel, Mussorgsky, and more. Purchase your tickets starting at $30 on Eventbrite for this immersive musical experience. Can’t make it to the event? You can still listen to her on YouTube.