Emre Şener is a London based composer, conductor and performer from Istanbul, Turkey. His intense yet delicate music evolves narratively where many opposites overlap and develop simultaneously. He is the winner of the Ateneo de la Laguna Composition Award (Spain), The Alan Bush Prize (UK), Ragazze e Ragazzi Salvemini 1990 Composition Award (Italy) and a recipient of the Ministry of Culture Choir Composition Award (Turkey). His works are performed regularly in Europe alongside recent premieres in the Auditorio de Tenerife and St. Martin in the Fields. His music is published by Universal Edition Wien. He has worked alongside prominent musicians like Emmanuel Coppey, Giorgos Panagiotidis, Clara Orif, Tak-Nara Ensemble, MotoContrario Ensemble, Ensemble Taller Sonoro, Sena Bielander, Manuel Zurria and more. He has also worked extensively in the area where theater meets contemporary music, working intimately with the director Çağla Karslıoğlu and producing a staged production with Nanine Linning. He has been supported by Talent Unlimited since 2021.
In 2021 he was the guest artist to Paris Youth Society of music and in 2022 he became the co-founder and artistic director of London Contemporary Soloists.
As a composer he studied with Rubens Askenar in Royal Academy of Music, London where he held a scholarship. He attended the masterclasses of Marco Momi, Salvatore Sciarrino, Stefano Gervasoni, Fabian Panisello and Agata Zubel. He was a participant in the VIPA festival, Akademie für Neue Musik - Boswil, Festival Contrasti, Catedra de Falla Composition Studio and the Darmstadt Ferienkurse.
As a conductor he held a scholarship to study with Sandro Gorli in Italy. Aside from being the conductor of London Contemporary Soloists, he has conducted the Paris Youth Music Society, Divertimento Ensemble and many other miscellaneous formations from symphony orchestras to soloist ensembles.
Emre also takes stage performing on electronics, the violin and the Turkish traditional instrument Bağlama.
His recent commissions include works for the Royal Academy of Music commemorating its bicentenary with the ‘200 Pieces’ project, by Corti Chiese e Cortili for a piece for solo flute and electronics, by Talent Unlimited for a Double Concerto for Piano and Violin and for the festival ‘Les Journées de Pont ar Gler’ in Brittany.