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Aydın Karlıbel was born in 1957 in Istanbul. He began to play the piano at age four. As a child prodigy, age nine Cemal Reşid Rey accepted him as a student ,with whom Aydın pursued an all round education for nineteen years. Together with his formal education in College Saint-Michel (Prix d'Excellences)(1973), Robert College(1976) and Bosphorus University,(Faculty of Language and Litterature; Faculty of Education,1983) he obtained the diplomas of the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music,London (L.R.S.M.)(1986), the Wiener Meisterkurse (1991-93) and attended the courses of the Accademia Chigiana, in Siena, Italy. Active in the Istanbul State Opera and Ballet for the last twenty-three years, he took part in hundreds of performances as composer, pianist, conductor and music director, joined the company in tours within Turkey and abroad.
He received the Composition Prizes and commissions by Istanbul Municipal Conservatory, the Nejat Eczacıbaşı Contest, and the TRT.
He received the 'Outstanding 2000 Musicians of the 20th Century 'Award by the Cambridge Biographical Centre and 'Fahrettin Kerim Gökay' award by the Turkish Lions Society.
His works have been published in Germany by Keturi Musikverlag and recorded over eight Cd's for Kalan Label, TRT and Iton Records. His works have been performed in England, Italy, France and Germany and Georgia. A concert pianist with an extensive repertoire, Karlibel has composed two operas, an oratorio, two piano concertos, original works and transcriptions for piano solo, choral, vocal, chamber works, and marches, He recorded, restored, orchestrated and computer printed many works of his master Cemal Resid Rey.
He translated Ian Kemp's book on Berlioz's Les Troyens into Turkish (Pan Editions, 2009)
He received his Doctoral degree from Istanbul Technical University/MIAM in February 2009.
His art aspires to fuse universal culture with Turkish esthetics and colours.