Aldemir has been awarded the prestigious National Donizetti Music Awards as 'The Best String Player of the Year 2011'. Since April 2017 he has been the Principal Viola of the Mitteldeutsche Rundfunk (MDR) Symphony Orchestra in Leipzig / Germany.

Born in Istanbul, Atilla Aldemir graduated the Mimar Sinan University College of Music, in his native city of Istanbul, Turkey, in 1994. With a scholarship from the Dr. Nejat F. Eczacıbaşı Foundation, he went to Germany to study with Prof. Lukas David at the Detmold Hochschule für Musik, from which he graduated with the “Künstlerische Reifeprüfung” diploma in 1999. He then studied for the “Konzertexamen” (equivalent to honours soloist diploma) at Folkwang Hochschule Essen with Prof. Mintcho Mintchev and graduated with “honour degree” in 2002.

In 2007, Aldemir was awarded the second prize in the violin category at the 14th International Johannes Brahms Competition and two special prizes. Winning the third prize for his viola performance in the same competition in 2008, as well as the award for best interpretation of a contemporary work, he became the first participant in the history of this competition to win five prizes. The artist's other accomplishments include “The passion for music, strong artistic temperament” award in the 2006 Premio R. Lipizer Competition, finalist of the 8th International Violin Competition Vaclav Hulm in Zagreb 2005, Essen Folkwangpreis 2002, Westphalia Culture Award 1998, and first prize in the Young Talents Violin Competition of Istanbul 2000. Aldemir has already given concerts in many European countries, the USA, performed in concert halls such as Berlin Philharmonic Hall, Vienna, and Musikverein Vienna, played with orchestras such as MDR Leipzig Radio Symphony Orchestra, Konzerthaus Orchester Berlin, Orchestre National Montpellier and Bordeaux, Konzerthausorchestra Camerata Salzburg, Vienna Philharmonia, Zagreb Philharmonic, Sinfonie Orchester Berlin and all State Symphonic Orchestras in Turkey. He worked with conductors such as Lawrence Foster, Iván Fischer, Kristjan Järvi, Lawrence Foster, Alexandre Rahbari, Sascha Göztl.

In 2003 he recorded a CD entitled “The Contemporary Voice of Turkish Music” for Dreyer Gaido Productions in Berlin. Fono Forum music magazine praised therecording, saying “It must be considered a great stroke of luck that Aldemir and Karayel fully committed themselves to this highly unconventional programme”. The artist has performed with highly acclaimed musicians, among them the pianist Fazıl Say, Itamar Golan, Hüseyin Sermet, Leschenko Polina and Jeremy Menuhin.

Since 2002, Aldemir has continued his studies with Barbara Gorzynska and Prof. Matthias Maurer in Vienna. In his concerts, he plays a J.B. Vuillaume violin from the year 1840, which was kindly financed for him by the Circle of Internationally Operating Turkish Businessmen and a Zanetto Peregrino viola from the year 1560.

Aldemir has been awarded the prestigious National Donizetti Music Awards as 'The Best String Player of the Year 2011'. Since April 2017 he has been the Principal Viola of the MDR Leipzig Radio Symphony Orchestra in Germany.



Atilla Aldemir plays the
Jean Baptiste Vuillaume 1840 violin
Alexandre Breton & Adam Korman 2016 viola
His strings are kindly sponsored by Thomastik-Infeld





Internationaler Johannes Brahms Wettbewerb in Pörtschach
International Violin Competition "RODOLFO LIPIZER
Vaclav Hulm Violin Competition
Folkwangpreis Essen
GWK Förderpreis Musik
Istanbul Kültür Üniversitesi ve Sedat Gürel Vakfı'nın düzenlediği Uluslararası Keman Yarismasi
T.C. Kültür ve Turizm Bakanlığı