Born in Istanbul, Can Okan started his first piano lessons with Meliha Doğuduyal. He continued his piano lessons with prof. Metin Ülkü at Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University State Conservatory in Istanbul. During his education he played the premieres of the several piano works by Turkish contemporary composers, such as Özkan Manav, Mehmet Nemutlu. He started to his orchestra conducting education with Prof. Gürer Aykal in 2005. He gave his first concert as a conductor with Borusan Istanbul Philharmonic Orchestra in 2007. Also, he atended piano masterclasses of famous pianist such as İdil Biret, Dmitri Alexeev, Emanuel Ax, Arnulf von Arnim, Claudius Tanski. He completed his piano education on master degree and bachelor degree on orchestral conducting in 2008 and than, he completed master degree of orchestra conducting at Royal College of Music, Stockholm, between 2009 - 2011. He studied with many conductors including Daniel Harding, Jan Risberg and during the education, he conducted many orchestras in Sweden. He joined to conducting masterclass by Jorma Panula in Kuopio, Finland at 2011. Okan, conducted many orchestras in Turkey including Istanbul and Izmir State Symphony Orchestras since 2013. He made his first studio recording released on 2015. Okan conducted Turkish premiere of Stravinsky’s opera “The Rake’s Progress” with Istanbul State Opera and Ballet in 2017. He also conducted Britten’s “The Turn of the Screw” and “Falstaff” in Istanbul, plus “Die Zauberflöte” and “Rigoletto” in Salzburg within the “Oper im Berg Festival”. He gave concerts as soloist with Antalya and Cukurova State Symphony Orchestras. Can Okan is still studying doctorate degree with Prof. Metin Ülkü in Mimar Sinan Fine Arts State Conservatory since 2011, also being a research assistant in orchestral conducting department.
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