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Deniz Arman Gelenbe

Professorial Staff - Piano


Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance
Faculty of Music
King Charles Court
Old Royal Naval College
SE10 9JF

Tel: +44 (0)20 8305 4368


Area of Work

Deniz Arman Gelenbe


Deniz Arman Gelenbe has been acclaimed as one the best chamber musicians of our time. Critics have been unanimous in hailing her prodigious technique, compelling artistic personality and poetic interpretations. As a versatile artist, she combines an international performing career as a soloist and chamber musician, and teaching piano and chamber music at the highest level. Her students have been successful in several international and national competitions and perform at prestigious venues internationally.

As an accomplished soloist, she pursues an international performing career. She has performed with the Japan Philharmonic, Ensemble Orchestral de Paris, Slovak Chamber Orchestra, North Carolina Symphony, the Presidential Orchestra of Ankara, and with several other orchestras in Turkey, the Philippines, Spain and USA. She has played many solo recitals at Salle Gaveau in Paris, Tonhalle in Zurich, Wigmore Hall and St John’s Smith Square in London, the National Gallery of Art in Washington D.C., and in major cities in France, Belgium, Germany, Japan, Israel, Turkey and the Netherlands. She has regular series at St John’s Smith Square in London where she performed three programmes of Mozart during 2016/17 and will perform several piano trios during the next season.

Deniz Gelenbe founded and directed the summer academies and chamber music festivals Semaines Musicales de Rouen and Semaines Musicales d’Orsay in France for eleven years. She has performed in Europe and USA with the Haydn, Enesco, Alexander, Borromeo, Talich and Ciompi Quartets and performed in piano duo concerts with Charles Webb.

In 1994, she founded the Arman Ensemble and the Arman Trio which performs regularly in Europe and the United States in chamber music series, festivals and prestigious venues including Carnegie Weill Hall and Wigmore Hall. She founded and directed for five years the Chamber Arts Series and the Schubertiad Series in Orlando, USA.

The Arman Ensemble premiered the recordings of chamber music by Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco for the Albany label. Works by Turkish composers Erkin and Kodalli were released on the Hungaroton label. CDs with the Haydn Quartet were released by Arcobaleno, and with the Arman Trio by Musician’s Showcase label and Akmuzik/EMI.

She has adjudicated the International Chamber Music Competition in Paris, several competitions in UK including the BBC Young Artist Competition, Hastings International Piano Competition and Windsor International Piano Competition. She was also twice an adjudicator at the Chopin Competition in Marianske Lazne in the Czech Republic, judged the International Piano Competition at Gnessin Academy in Moscow, Dallas International Piano Competition in Dallas, Texas, Santa Cecilia Competition in Porto, and competitions in Tunisia and China among others.

She is regularly invited to give masterclasses in China, Japan, Malaysia, Singapore, USA, Russia, Italy, France, UK, and the Netherlands. She teaches at the prestigious Académie internationale de Nice, and at the Chetham’s International Piano Summer School at Airas Nunes Aula de Camera in Santiago de Compostela.

A native of Turkey, Deniz Arman Gelenbe holds Bachelor of Music and Master of Science degrees from the Juilliard School. Her teachers included Rudolf Ganz, Cecile Genhart, Adele Marcus and Gyorgy Sandor.

Formerly Artist-in-Residence and Associate Professor of Piano at the University of Central Florida, Orlando, Deniz Gelenbe joined Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance in 2003, where she held the position of Head of Piano and Keyboard Instruments Department from 2007 to 2015. She is currently Professor of Piano and Chamber Music at Trinity Laban Conservatoire in London and Professor of Piano at Schola Cantorum in Paris.

Qualifications and  Educational Background

BMus, MSc The Juilliard School

A native of Turkey, Deniz studied with the renowned pianists and pedagogues Rudolf Ganz, Gyorgy Sandor, Cecile Genhart, Adele Marcus and Jane Carlson.

Teaching Experience

In 2003 Deniz was appointed Keyboard Coordinator for Collaborative Performance at Trinity Laban, and became Head of Keyboard in September 2007.

Deniz enjoys teaching and has given numerous master piano master classes and coached chamber ensembles in the USA, France, the Philippines, and the UK.

Creative Outputs

Recording labels:
Musician’s Showcase

Japan Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra
Ensemble Orchestral de Paris
Slovak Chamber Orchestra
Ensemble Jean- Francois Paillard, Paris
Philippines Philharmonic Orchestra
Presidential Symphony Orchestra, Ankara
Istanbul and Izmir Symphony Orchestras, Turkey
Columbus Indiana Philharmonic
Tenerife Symphony Orchestra
North Carolina Symphony Orchestra
Triangle Chamber Orchestra
Durham and West Piedmont Symphony Orchestras, North Carolina

External Appointments

  • 1994  Founded the Arman Ensemble and the Arman Trio
  • 1998-2003  Founder and Artistic Director of the Chamber Arts Series
  • 2001-2006  Schubertiad Series, Orlando, Florida
  • Artist in Residence and Associate Professor of Piano, University of Central Florida in Orlando [for five years]
  • Founder and Director summer academies and chamber music festivals of Semaines Musicales d’Orsay in Paris and Semaines Musicales de Rouen [for eleven years]
  • Adjudicator at the Paris International Chamber Music Competition


Deniz Arman Gelenbe

Quintet for Piano and String Quartet; Moderato