Cemre Arca

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Tell us a little bit about yourself and your life. Not necessarily music-related!

I was born and raised in Cyprus before coming to study music at the University of Glasgow. After I completed my undergraduate degree, I decided that I needed to stay a bit longer to get more out of this amazing place.

Apart from playing, improvising and going to gigs and concerts, I love travelling, drawing doodles and drinking tea.

The correct pronunciation of my name is generally a mystery amongst my friends in Glasgow who say it in all sorts of different ways.

How did you first get into music?

Both of my parents are music teachers so there was always some music in our home. As a toddler, I first got into music by banging on our piano keys and by substituting my toy bowling pins for microphones to yell at. At that time, I believed that I was a musical genius but later, it turned out that I wasn’t.

What made you decide that music would be an important part of your life?

The joy of creating something and sharing it with others!

What has been your musical highlight so far?

I would say my final recital at the University of Glasgow because the programme I have prepared gave me the chance to show musically and personally who I have grown into after coming to study in Glasgow. I played music by contemporary women composers including one of my own compositions for alto flute and electronics.

Who are your favourite composers/artists/musicians?

Some of them are Kaija Saariaho, Toru Takemitsu, Aisling Agnew, Dave Heath, Regina Spektor, Bulent Ortacgil, Jacob Collier, Huseyin Kirmizi and Graham Costello’s Strata.

What do you anticipate for the Nevis Ensemble?

Music is often put into boxes. Some of these boxes are taped with dos and don’ts of a particular genre, some are taped with long distances, some with money or age, and some with your abilities or health. What Nevis Ensemble does is to unwrap all of those packaging and to make the pure experience of music available to everybody. I already appreciate and admire what the ensemble has achieved so far and I am very looking forward to be a part of such a great team.