Aim and Scope

“How did they perform it?”

"How should it be/have been performed?

These questions are perhaps the simplest explanation of the 13th International Hisarlı Ahmet Symposium. On the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the Republic of Turkey, the symposium opens its doors to a challenging theme: The Theoretical Background of Music Performance.

The background is a concept that is increasingly used in scientific and artistic circles a in the examples of The Socio-Cultural Background of Childrens Literature or The Background Design of Haydarpaşa Train Station. In our opinion, the most remarkable definition of the background is "the mental integrity formed by the knowledge, experiences and convictions that must be acquired in advance in order for a word or text to be understood”.

Until recently, all the material presented in relation to the history of music took the composer and the work into focus. What about the performer? Is not it the only thing to think of music as a mere essay and to see its meaning as "embedded in the score"?

The first theoretical studies in this field started with the recording of sound in the 19th Century. In this way, the musical effect, which had hitherto always been conceived by the composer or theorist, went beyond being a mere guess; reliable auditory recordings became a "turning point". By the 1970s, thanks to pioneering theorists who fervently defended the philosophy of "music as performance", Performance Analysis became a subdiscipline of music theory.

Music performance inevitably brings with it the following phenomenon: Interpretation. Of course, it is possible to roughly define each of the unique or different performances of a work as an "interpretation". However, the theoretical background of music performance constitutes an examination of all the processes that can affect an interpretation – not just the interpretation itself.

In June 2023, we hope to come together in a qualitative information feast...


  • category Acoustics
  • category Aesthetics in Music Performance
  • category Analysis of Interpretation
  • category Autographs-Editions
  • category Choice of Repertoire
  • category Contemporary Music Performance
  • category Creativity and Inspiration in Music Performance
  • category Criteria for Music Performance Criticism
  • category Early Music Performance
  • category Exam/Audition/Stage Anxiety in Music Performance
  • category Instrument/Sound Design and Construction
  • category Music Performance Applications During COVID-19
  • category Music Performance Evaluation Criteria in Instrument/Voice Training
  • category Physiological Basis of Music Performance
  • category Sound Recordings, Mixing And Mastering
  • category The Relationship Between The Composer and The Performer
  • category The Relationship Between The Score and The Performance
  • category Traditional Music Performance
  • category Transcriptions-Arrangements
  • category The Role of The Instrument in Music Performance

13th Symposium Gallery

  • The opening ceremony of the Symposium. Governor of Kütayha Mr. Ali ÇELİK (fourth from left) and the protocol that accompanied him
  • The concert of opening ceremony
  • Opening Ceremony of the Symposium. From left to right, Businessman Mr. Nihat Delen (Delen Ticaret), Hisarlı Ahmet's son Mustafa Hisarlı (his wife right behind him), Chief of Police of Kütahya Mr. Hakan Sıralı
  • From the speaking at the symposium opening ceremony (Mr. Mustafa Kemal ALTINSOY, President of Kütahya Fine Arts Association)
  • From the speaking at the symposium opening ceremony (Prof. Dr. Erhan ÖZDEN, Rector of Ankara Music and Fine Arts University)
  • The invited speaker of the symposium: Mr. Oscar Macchioni (on the right),
  • The panel on the first day. Mr. Süleyman Şenel (left) and Mustafa Hisarlı
  • At the end of the panel on the first day
  • From the sessions...
  • At the end of the conference on the second day. Gürsel Leblebicioğlu (left), Uğur Türkmen and Türev Berki (right)
  • At the end of the opening ceremony...
  • Session 8 participants and the chair of the session, Zafer Kurtaslan (back turned)
  • At the end of the second conference on the second day. Burak Tüzün (left) and Türev Berki
  • From 9th session
  • At the end of the 9th session. Participants and the chair of the session, Arda Eden (second from the right)


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Click here to download the program as a .pdf file

Abstracts Book

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Activities Calendar

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Invited Speakers

Oscar Macchioni
Gürsel Leblebicioğlu
Burak Tüzün

Chair of Scientific Board


Scientific Committee

Türev BERKİ (Chair)

Hacettepe University (Turkey)

Abdullah AKAT

İstanbul University (Turkey)

Ahmet Serkan ECE

Bolu Abant İzzet Baysal University (Turkey)


Cherubini Conservatory of Music (Italy)


Yıldız Technical University (Turkey)


Nanjing University (China)


Hacettepe University (Turkey)


Orthopedics and Traumatology Specialist (Turkey)


Retired Academic Member (Turkey)


Chambridge University (England)

Leonardo de LISI

Cherubini Conservatory of Music (Italy)

Lilian Tonella TÜZÜN

Anadolu University (Turkey)

Mauricio Funcia De BONIS

Sao Paulo University (Brasil)


The University of Texas at El Paso (USA)

Şirin Özgün TANIR

İstanbul Technical University (Turkey)


Bilkent University (Turkey)

Thank You For Your Contribution

  • Republic of Turkey Minister of Culture and Tourism, Mr. Mehmet Nuri Ersoy
  • Governor of Kütahya, Mr. Ali Çelik
  • Mayor of Kütahya, Prof. Dr. Alim Işık
  • Rector of Çanakkale Onsekiz Mart University, Prof. Dr. Ramazan Cüneyt Erenoğlu
  • Rector of Hacettepe University, Prof. Dr. Mehmet Cahit GÜRAN
  • Rector of Afyon Kocatepe University, Prof.Dr. Mehmet Karakaş
  • Rector of Dulumpınar University, Prof.Dr. Kazım Uysal
  • Rector of Kütahya Health Sciences University, Prof.Dr. Ahmet Tekin
  • Vice Mayor of Kütahya, Sn. Abdullah Damcı
  • Director of Kütahya Provincial of National Education, Mr. Hasan Başyiğit
  • President of Kütahya Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Mr. İsmet Özotraç
  • Director of Kütahya Provincial Culture and Tourism, Mr. Zekeriya Ünal
  • Director of Kütahya Municipality's Culture and Social Affairs, Mr. Yıldırım Akgül
  • Director of Kütahya Ahmet Yakupoğlu Fine Arts High School, Mr. Mustafa Demir
  • Kütahya Fine Arts Association
  • Kutahya Culture and Promotion Foundation
  • Çanakkale Onsekiz Mart University State Conservatory
  • Afyon Kocatepe University State Conservatory
  • Association of Culture and Art of Kutahya for Mevlana Researches
  • Afyon Kocatepe University State Conservatory Alumni Association
  • Çatık Mining Company, Mr. İsmet Çatık (MAIN SPONSOR)
  • Kütahya Porselen, Sn. Nafi Güral
  • Delen Trade Company Inc., Mr. Nihat Delen
  • Kaşi Ahmet Tile Ceramic Company, Mr. Ahmet Özmutaf
  • Kırdar Bilgiören College
  • İzge Publication
  • Başkent Music Store