MUSICA MUNDANA Chamber Music Society

Musica Mundana’s Musica Mundana’s name originates from an ancient conception of music that refers to the sound of universe. Founded by pianist Aysegul Durakoglu, it aims to embrace the audiences through the music of different backgrounds and promise musical voyages into the music of past, present, and future. The members of the society have come together in various events like the Niagara International Chamber Music Festival and Dominion Chalmers United Church in Canada, Asian Music Festival at Lincoln Center, Jazz at Lincoln Center, Merkin Concert Hall, Dag Hamorksjold Hall in the United Nations, St. Peter’s Concert Series, Bodek Hall at the University of Pennsylvania, and many others. Musica Mundana has brought together distinguished performers like Cihat Askin, Atis Bankas and Machiko Ozawa, violin; Leo Grinhauz, Justin Kagan, Luke Pomorski and Roman Mekinulov, cello; Judith Davidoff, viola da gamba; Laura Falzon and Patricia Karczmanczyk, flute; Serap Ciftci, mezzo-soprano; Alexandria von Busseldorf and Sebnem Mekinulov, soprano; Ismail Lumanovski, clarinet; Jose Bevia, composer.

Aysegul Kus Durakoglu, Director and Pianist

Aysegul Durakoglu “She hears this music's shapes and points of emphasis and knows how to make them felt. There is nothing artificial or false in her conceptions. Her musicality is naturally come by.” — Bernard Holland, New York Times

Aysegul Durakoglu is a performer with versatile interest and repertoire that extends from earliest to latest styles in the classical and world music areas. She was featured as soloist in the International Istanbul Music Festival with James Galway; Musical Intersections and International Niagara Chamber Music Festival in Canada; and new music festivals in Russia and Europe. She has appeared with major orchestras in her Turkey and has been featured in various festivals, radio and television programs. Durakoglu began her musical life in Istanbul, and continued in the States. She received her Master’s from the Juilliard School and a Ph.D. degree with notable distinction at the New York University where she served on the piano faculty. As a member of the NYU Chamber Music Ensemble, she won the NYU’s Chamber Music Special Award for her leadership. She is currently serving on the full-time faculty of the Music and Technology Division of the College of Arts and Letters at the Stevens Institute of Technology. Most recently, she has released an album of Debussy’s Twelve Piano Etudes and a demo CD of the Orient Express Concert; and presented a lecture-recital on the history of Turkish Tango Music at the International College Music Society’s Conference in Buenos Aires, Argentina. For more information, please visit