Gülin Ataklı was born in 1998 in Istanbul, Turkey. 2009, she began her Oboe education at Istanbul Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University State Conservatory with Mehmet Seyid Mas. In June 2016, she graduated from Conservatorium and completed her highschool education.
She got accepted to the Oboe Class of Prof. François Leleux and started to study Bachelor of Music in October 2016 at Hochschule für Musik und Theater München.
She became a Finalist in St. Petersburg International Mravinsky Youth Competition in 2014, in 2015 won First Prize at “Music of Austrian and German International Competition” in Bulgaria, First Prize as well as Romantic Music Special Prize at “Young Musician International Competition” in Italy, in 2016 Second Prize and an invitation for Awards Ceremony Concert at Royal Albert Hall at “Grand Prize Virtuoso International Competition” in England. Performed a recital in the “Shining Stars” Recital Series by İş Sanat Foundation in Istanbul.
She was awarded with First Prize (Meriç Soylu Award) and with a performance at season opening concert of the Foundation. She performed Cimarosa Oboe Concerto at İş Sanat Foundation’s 17. season opening concert with Borusan Istanbul Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of Gürer Aykal.
She has been chosen as one of the “Women Stars of Tomorrow” by IKSV and performed as an awardee at the 46. Istanbul Music Festival within the first edition of Women Stars of Tomorrow: Young Women Musicians Support Fund, held by IKSV (Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts).
She got invited to perform as a soloist at 31. Pleven International Music Festival and performed Bohuslav Martinu Oboe Concerto with Pleven Philharmonic under the baton of Ivan Angelov in 2018. In January 2020, she took a part in Çev Sanat’s Young Talents Concert and performed the 3rd movement of W.A. Mozart Oboe Concerto with her own cadenza with Avrasya Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of İbrahim Yazıcı.
She performed numerous concerts and recitals in several festivals including Istanbul Woodwind Festival, Urla Baroque Festival, Istanbul Baroque Festival, IKSV Open Conservatory Masterclass, Berlin Young Euro Classic Festival; Lisbon, Alicante, Girona International Music Festivals. In Oktober 2020, she performed at Venice Biennale 64th International Festival of Contemporary Music together with members of Bavarian State Opera, as a member of ensemble oktopus für musik der moderne, founded by Konstantia Gourzi at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater Munich. Participated in masterclass of Maurice Bourge, Nick Deutsch, Georg Fritz, Giorgi Gvantseladze, Anatoly Lubimov, Albrecht Mayer, Christian Schmitt, Christian Schneider, Marie Lise Schüpbach, Heike Steinbrecher, David Walter and Christian Wetzel.
She became a member of West-Eastern Divan Orchestra and took a part in the USA Tour in November 2018 under the baton of Daniel Barenboim. Concerts took place at Chicago Symphony Center, Washington D.C. The Kennedy Center, New York Carnegie Hall, Berkeley Zellerbach Hall and Los Angeles Walt Disney Concert Hall. The Carnegie Hall concert was live broadcasted by Medici Tv.
During her studies she had the opportunity to perform with orchestras such as Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra Academy of Bavarian State Opera, Camerata Salzburg, West-Eastern Divan Orchestra, Munich Symphony, Istanbul State Symphony Orchestra as guest, as well as guest principal Oboe.
She had the chance to work with conductors such as Mariss Jansons, Daniel Barenboim, Herbert Blomstedt, Lahav Shani and Gianandrea Noseda, performed concerts at venues including Herkulessaal der Residenz Munich, Philharmonie im Gasteig Munich, Stiftung Mozarteum Salzburg, Cuvilliés Theatre Munich and KKL Luzern.
She is a member of orchestras such as Neue Philharmonie München since February 2020, Tsinandali Festival’s Pan-Caucasian Youth Orchestra since 2019, Turkish National Youth Philharmonic Orchestra since 2015 and Doğuş Youth Symphony Orchestra between 2012- 2015. In February 2020, she got selected to the waiting list of Pacific Music Festival Japan’s Academy Orchestra.
She performed as Principal Oboe in all projects of the Neue Philharmonie München since February 2020. Concerts took place at Hubertussaal Schloss Nymphenburg, Herkulessaal Munich, Kulturzentrum Sillian Austria; with a variety of programs including Stravinsky’s Le sacre du Printemps, L. van Beethoven 2nd Symphony and 3rd Symphony “Eroica”. She performed several concerts at Tsinandali Festival as Principal Oboe with Pan- Caucasian Youth Orchestra. Tsinandali Festival’s first edition took place in Georgia’s Kakheti region. She had the chance to work with conductors and soloists such as Gianandrea Noseda, Claudio Vandelli, Lahav Shani, Jukka-Pekka Saraste, Oliver Zeffman, Yuja Wang, Mischa Maisky. Tsinandali Festival’s Opening Concert took place with a performance of Mahler’s 2nd Symphony under the baton of Gianandrea Noseda with soloists Mezzosoprano Ketevan Kemoklidze and Soprano Ying Fang, where Gülin Atakli was taking a part as the Principal Oboe in the Pan-Caucasian Youth Orchestra. Concerts were live broadcasted by Medici Tv.
Performed 3 Europe Tours with Turkish National Youth Philharmonic Orchestra as Principal Oboe under the baton of Cem Mansur. They performed in Berlin Konzerthaus, Prague Smetana Hall, Budapest Pesti Vigado Hall, Eger, Bratislava Slovak Radio Hall, Istanbul Zorlu Center Concert Hall, Warsaw Philharmonic, Wien ORF Radiokulturhaus, Istanbul Grand Pera Concert Hall, Pecs Kodaly Center; 11 concerts at Lisbon International Music Festival, Alicante International Music Festival and Girona International Music Festival in Spain and Portugal.
She has been chosen as a scholar by HMT München and was supported by Manfred und Monika Wölfel Stiftung München during the 2019/2020 Academic year.
Gülin Ataklı has succesfully graduated from Bachelor of Music from the Oboe Class of Prof. François Leleux at the University of Music and Performing Arts Munich in December 2020 and got accepted to study Master of Music with Prof. François Leleux in Munich. Gülin Atakli’s education is supported by “Young Talents Project” of ÇEV Modern Education Foundation (Istanbul, Turkey).
As part of the Erasmus+ programme, Gulin was accepted as an obua player to Conservatoire National Superieur de Musique et de Danse de Paris for the summer 2022 class as a student of David Walter, obua player and pedagogue.
Gulin played with the Divan Orchestra in their European Tour during August 1-15,2022 covering cities from Cologne to Luzern, where world famous pianist Lang Lang was the soloist and famous maestro David Barenboim was the conductor.
She has successfully passed the exams of Munchner Philharmoniker’s obua academy and will start to perform in the Orchestra’s concerts starting from October 2022.