|Semra Kurutaç was born in Izmir, Turkey, where she spent the first three
years of her life, before moving to the UK. She started learning piano
at the age of 8 with Keith Palmer and later with Mabel Walker at The Manchester
School of Music. Semra then went on to study piano with Russell Brandon at the
University of Wales, Cardiff and, after receiving the Eleanor Amy Bowen award
to part fund her postgraduate studies, Semra graduated with a Masters Degree
in Performance Studies in 2002. She promptly joined the six piano contemporary
ensemble, Piano Circus, with whom she toured extensively throughout the UK, Europe
and North and South America, and collaborated with artists including King Crimson
drummer Bill Bruford, before leaving for pastures new in 2015. Semra formed
one half of the Arts Council of England funded piano duo, duoDorT, from its
inception in 2002 until 2012, releasing two albums on the Squeaky
Kate record label (Triple Point and Quantulum) as well as commissioning
and premiering new works by composers including Kerry Andrew, Christine Abdelnour,
Ailís Ní Ríain, Duncan MacLeod, Andrew Morgan and Colin Riley.
Semra has worked as Repetiteur for Welsh National Youth Opera and orchestral pianist with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra. She has performed in numerous projects with Cardiff based Sound Affairs in the UK and Hong Kong and with composer Ryan Teague, recording his Piano Studies (May 2013) which featured on BBC Four's 'Art of Germany'. Semra has also accompanied the Michael Clark Dance Company, performing a solo piano role in UK, Berlin and Kalamata Dance Festivals.
Her concerto appearances have included Cardiff University Orchestra, Newcastle University Orchestra, the Aldworth Philharmonic, Tewkesbury Camerata, Cardiff Sinfonia, Chamber Academy Orchestra and Manchester Symphonia. Radio broadcasts have included BBC Radio 3's Late Junction, Resonance fm and Icelandic National Radio.
Semra also teaches piano at Bryanston School and Sherborne School for Boys.
Aside from the piano, Semra holds a Skydiving Licence and when she can, has been known to enjoy throwing herself out of perfectly serviceable aircraft.