Turkish/Belgian pianist Işıl Bengi was born in Istanbul where she gave her first concerts and won first price at several national piano competitions. She performed at the age of 12 as a soloist, selected by the Turkish government, before the legendary pianist Idil Biret.
At the age of 16, she received a scholarship from the Dr. Nejat F. Eczacıbaşı Foundation to deepen her musical education in Belgium with renowned piano teachers Evgeny Moguilevsky, Piet Kuijken and Alexandar Madzar, as well as chamber music courses, with Muhiddin Dürrüoglu and Dirk Vermeulen at the Conservatoire Royal de Bruxelles and Koninklijk Conservatorium Brussel where she obtained her Master diploma.
Moreover, Işıl Bengi went on to follow master classes worldwide with renowned artists such as Anne Queffelec, Jean Fassina, Bernard Lemmens, Paul Gulda, Bruno Canino, Boyan Vodenitcharov, Hamish Milne, Pierre Amoyal, Miriam Fried, to name a few.
Işıl Bengi has been very active in various chamber music projects and gave several concerts in Europe exploring the chamber music repertoire. In March 2019 she recorded an album called Belgian Romantic Works for Cello and Piano with Paul Heyman on Et’cetera Records.
From 2016 to 2019, Işıl Bengi has been touring worldwide with the show “Respire”, featuring on stage 2 acrobats and solo piano.
She will release her first solo piano album in 2020, on the Chris Maene Straight Strung Piano, an original program around composers from different origins (Armenia, Switzerland, Japan, Belgium, Greece, Yougoslavia), all influenced by their cultural roots. This project is related to Işıl Bengi's personal story.
Her concert activities includes solo recitals as well as chamber music in various music halls in England, Poland, Netherlands, Germany, France, Belgium, Turkey, Switzerland, Czech Republic, Italy, Greece, Japan, including venues such as Bozar in Brussels, Wigmore Hall in London, Radio Suisse Romande in Geneva, Cemal Resit Rey concert hall in Istanbul...
Işıl Bengi is an insatiable artist who developed a unique personality throughout her experiences and curiosity towards the richness of cultural diversity, styles, and piano techniques, combined with a genuine sensitivity and dedication to the highest standards in Art.
The pianist Işıl Bengi could be defined as refined sophistication meeting original wilderness, creating a fulfilled artist of true musical integrity, and deep emotional strength.