Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts (İKSV) has inaugurated the Aydın Gün Encouragement Award in 2012 with the aim of contributing to the education of future musicians. Presented every year to a musician working in the fields of classical music and opera under the age of 30, the Aydın Gün Encouragement Award's recipient is selected by a committee from among applicants in the categories of instrument, voice, composition, and conducting. The selection committee is led by İKSV General Director Görgün Taner, and consists of conductor Rengim Gökmen, State Opera and Ballet Director Yekta Kara, violinist Cihat Aşkın, Borusan Sanat General Manager Ahmet Erenli, and Istanbul Music Festival Director Yeşim Gürer Oymak.

Ayşe Emek
Aydın Gün Encouragement Award Coordinator
(212) 334 07 34


Elman Mecid, who won the 15,000 TL worth Aydın Gün Encouragement Award, was born to a musician family in Ankara in 1996. He started his musical training with piano at Bilkent University Faculty of Music and Performing Arts Music Preparatory Primary School as Gülnara Aziz’s student and continued with percussion since 2006 as Aydın Mecid’s student. He currently studies at Hamburg University of Music and Theater with Cornelia Monske. Ranking first in his own category at Pendim International Percussion Competition (Bulgaria) in 2009, fourth at Nutcracker International Young Talents Competition (Russia) in 2009, first and third in group A at the 8th International Giornate della Percussione Competition (Italy) in 2010, second at 2011 Perkulliria 4th International Percussion Competition (Spain) and first at 4th Marimba Competition (Germany) in 2012, Mecid also holds a Special Jury Prize from the latter. Elman Mecid, who has been performing in various concerts at home and abroad both as an orchestra member and a soloist throughout his student life has also been performing as a supporting artist with the Hamburg Symphony Orchestra since 2015.