Turkish-American violinist, Zeynep Alpan, started studying the violin at the age of 5 as part of her music therapy treatment for her diagnosis of speech delay and Auditory Processing Disorder. Almost immediately after being introduced to the violin, Zeynep began to speak and following a year and a half of violin studies, she had her first solo appearance with Vivaldi’s A minor Violin Concerto, after winning the Peabody Concerto Competition.
As a soloist, chamber, and orchestral musician, Zeynep has appeared in a myriad of prestigious venues such as Carnegie Hall, Royal Albert Hall, Kennedy Center Concert Hall, Alice Tully Hall, Moscow Conservatory Great Hall, Mariinsky II Theatre, and Strathmore Hall. Future engagements include an Artist Residency at Bilkent University, and a performance at the Turkish-American Association in Ankara.
With a passion for teaching, Zeynep is a New York Philharmonic Teaching Artist partnering with New York City Schools and is on the faculty of music for the Lincoln Center/DOE Audition Boot Camp as well as the chamber music camp Point CounterPoint. Other educational collaborations include a teaching video series with the Kennedy Center as well as PBS (WNET TV). Zeynep has previously taught for education programs at the Juilliard School, Stony Brook University, Bilkent University, Nord Anglia International School New York, and the Aspen Music Festival and School.
Zeynep is the first prize winner in many competitions, some of which include the Juilliard Concerto Competition, the Dorothy DeLay Fellowship Competition at the Aspen Music Festival and School, the National Philharmonic Concerto Competition, and the Goldie and Feder Memorial String Competition. Zeynep is the recipient of the Ataturk Youth Achievement Award by the Ataturk Society of America in Washington DC. Additionally, Zeynep is has been a violinist at The Montclair Orchestra.
Community outreach and service has played an important part in Zeynep’s musical life. In 2013, Zeynep co-founded the group Sonatas Stopping Starvation whose mission is to be of service as artists and citizens to organizations that work to fight hunger. Along with a school-wide food drive, they gave their first benefit concert in November 2013 at the Juilliard School. Additionally, Zeynep helps produce the Music and Autism Program at Stony Brook University, and has presented benefit concerts for the Inova Fairfax Children's Hospital. She regularly presents performances at various hospitals and health care facilities in New York and Ankara.
Zeynep has produced a multitude of events including performances, workshops, and lectures. In 2019, Zeynep co-founded the Turkish American Cultural Laboratory (TACL) where she produces a variety of educational events and performances that enhance the cultural collaboration of the artists from America and Turkey through the contemporary arts. TACL is proud to be sponsored by Turkish Airlines.
Zeynep is a graduate of the Juilliard School (B.M. and M.M. under the Ahmet Ertegun Scholarship) and is currently pursuing her Doctorate of Violin Performance at Stony Brook University under the tutelage of Arnaud Sussman, Jennifer Frautschi, and Philip Setzer. Former teachers have included Naoko Tanaka, Oleg Rylatko, Aaron Rosand and Shirley Givens.
Aside from music, Zeynep enjoys biking, drinking tea, and being an avid cat and dog lover.