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T.A.C.A. Classical Music Concert Series

T.A.C.A. Classical Music Concert Series

Dear Members,

T.A.C.A. is pleased to present another wonderful musical program for all of you on Sunday, December 4, 2016. Please join us for a delightful duo piano program performed by two talented artists: Ms. Elif Allenfort and Ms. Sevgi Giles.  Elif and Sevgi are both native of Turkey and have been residing in Chicago for many years.  Some of you may also remember Elif’s recital from March of this year where she and Mr. Alexandre Debrus performed another memorable concert in front of a full house audience.

Our Concert will be held at Ganz Hall, Roosevelt University, 430 South Michigan Avenue, 7th Floor, Chicago on Sunday, December 4, 2016 at 4:30 pm. 

Tickets can be purchased via PayPal or at the door; admission will be $25/person. Student entry will be $10/person (at the door only with valid student ID).

We are confident that Ms. Allenfort’s and Ms. Giles’ performance will leave an unforgettable memory in our minds.

Looking forward to seeing you all.





Ms. Elif Allenfort, Pianist;
A Native of Turkey, Elif Allenfort demonstrated her substantial musical talent at an early age. She began her lifelong study of piano at the age of seven. Her precocious talent earned her early admission to the Hacettepe University Ankara State Conservatory in Ankara at the age of nine. Her first major performance was a concert with the symphony orchestra in Ankara, playing Mozart Piano Concerto K. 488; she was 13 years old. During her decade studying at the Ankara Conservatory, Ms. Allenfort performed throughout Turkey, appearing on stage, radio and on television. She graduated from Ankara Conservatory in 1993, earning the rare honor of being the top graduate in the conservatory and the University at large. Her accomplishments at the conservatory also earned her the distinguished “Ihsan Dogramaci Highest Artistic Achievement” award. She was one of the youngest graduates ever from Ankara State Conservatory at age 19, having finished her studies one year ahead of the usual time.
After graduation, Ms. Allenfort continued her education at the Royal Conservatory of Brussels, Belgium, and later at the prestigious Queen Elisabeth Musical College.
Upon moving to the United States in 1996, she received multiple scholarships to study at Roosevelt University Chicago Musical College. She completed her Master’s Degree with honors, and was immediately admitted to Roosevelt’s Artist Diploma program where she obtained her post-graduate degree.
An active chamber and solo performer, Ms. Allenfort has continued to develop her performance career through a regular schedule of recitals, orchestral appearances, special engagements and collaborative efforts with notable Chicago musicians.
Ms. Allenfort taught at the Metropolis School of Performing Arts, where she was the Head of the Piano Department for nearly a decade. In addition to her performance career, Ms. Allenfort currently manages the Elif Allenfort Piano Studio in a Northwest suburb of Chicago. She is also on the faculty of Sherwood Community Music School at Columbia College Chicago.

Ms. Sevgi Giles, Pianist;

Sevgi Giles has appeared in venues throughout America and Europe as a recitalist, chamber musician, and orchestral pianist. In a repertoire that ranges from Bach to Boulez, her playing has been acclaimed for its emotional projection and intellectual rigor.

In 2001 Sevgi was awarded the prize for best performance of a French Suite at the International Bach Competition in Saarbrucken, Germany. Having played most of the major works of Bach, she feels a special affinity for the Baroque master. Sevgi received a Bachelors degree from the Ankara Conservatory in her native Turkey. As a student she captured all of the top performance awards and concertized extensively throughout the country. She has done graduate work at the University of North Texas and received the Master of Music from Roosevelt University in Chicago.

In 2005 Sevgi made her Chicago debut on the Dame Myra Hess Series, broadcast live on WFMT. She also has appeared on the Pianoforte Piano Series in Chicago, at the American Liszt Society Conference in Atlanta, and at the Ukrainian Institute of America in New York City. As a member of the renowned North Texas Wind Symphony, Sevgi recorded four compact discs with that ensemble and also appeared as soloist with them in several premieres by contemporary composers. During the summers she has performed at festivals such as Crested Butte (Colorado), the Eastern Music Festival (North Carolina), and the Adamant Music Festival (Vermont) where she studied with pianist Menahem Pressler. She was also accepted into the prestigious Pressler studio at Indiana University’s School of Music.

Sevgi is a devoted teacher and sought-after pedagogue in the Chicago area. In addition to her private studio she is on the artist faculty of Roosevelt University and has also taught at the Metropolis Performing Arts School and the Music Institute of Chicago.

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