Zeynep Gedizlioğlu was born in Izmir, Turkey, in 1977 and studied composition with Cengiz Tanc in Istanbul, Theo Brandmüller in Saarbrücken, Ivan Fedele in Strasbourg and Wolfgang Rihm in Karlsruhe. She also studied music theory with Michael Reudenbach. From 2010 to 2011 she participated in CURSUS 1 at the Institute of Music and Acoustics (IRCAM) in Paris. She has taught at the Mimar Sinan University and Academy in Istanbul and has given master courses in composition at the Bilkent University in Ankara and at the Young Composers’ Workshop in Hanover.
Her works have been performed at renowned international festivals such as Musica Strasbourg, ISCM World New Music Days, Maerz Musik in Berlin, Beethovenfest Bonn, Eclat Stuttgart, Wien Modern, the Salzburg Festival, the Witten Days of New Chamber Music and musikprotokoll-Graz. On the radio, her works have been broadcast live by SR2 Kultur Radio, Acik Radyo Istanbul, Radio France Musique, SWR2, SRF2 Kultur, hr2 Kultur, ORF1, Deutschlandradio Kultur and many others. Some of her works have been released on CD, including the portrait CD »Zeynep Gedizlioğlu: Kesik« (col legno), which was supported by the Ernst von Siemens Music Foundation and presents her ensemble works written between 2005 and 2010.
She has held scholarships from the Elisabeth and Bruno Meindl Foundation (2003), the Ministry of Culture of the Saarland, Germany (2004), the State Scholarship for Graduate Students (2005), the Wolfgang Rihm Scholarship of the Hoepfner Foundation (2008) as well as the scholarship of the Arts Foundation Baden-Württemberg (2010) and the Encouragement Award of the Franz Liszt Scholarship in Weimar in 2005. In 2012 Zeynep Gedizlioğlu received the Composers’ Encouragement Award of the Ernst von Siemens Music Foundation and in 2014 the Composer of the Year Award at the 5th Donizetti Classical Music Awards in Istanbul. In 2015 she was selected for a portrait CD series »Edition Zeitgenössische Musik« of the German Music Council. Most recently, she was nominated for the 2016 German Music Authors Prize in the category »Music for Ensemble«.