Tulu İçözü, born in Istanbul 1978, attended, at a very early age, the ateliers of tenor Boldizsár Keönch, coloratura- soprano Magda Nádor, soprano Krisztina Laki, the famous Hungarian soprano Éva Marton and British countertenor Nicholas Clapton.
She started her music education in 1988 with playing violin. She started singing as mezzo-soprano at the age of 15. She has graduated from the State Conservatory of Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University in 2001 in Istanbul, Turkey and the Liszt Ferenc Academy of Music (2003-2007) in Budapest, Hungary.
Between 1999 and 2004, she performed in İstanbul State Opera and Ballet productions as contracted artist. Her International career started with her performance at the closing concert of the International Majk Music Festival with Hungarian State Opera House Orchestra in Budapest. Next to many important ensembles, theatres and dance companies, she had also performed with Prima awarded bow instruments ensemble “Accord Quartet” and Liszt Awarded Hungarian Pianist Király Csaba.
She lived in Budapest, Hungary between 2003-2019. Within these 16 years, Tulu İçözü have performed in the prominent theatre and concert halls of Budapest and other cities in Hungary, such as International Merlin Theatre, Uránia National Film Theatre, Trafó House of Contemporary Art, Liszt Museum Chamber Hall, French Institute, Bartók Memorial House, Hungarian Radio Marble Hall and MÜPA- Palace of Arts – Glass Hall among others.
World premier of her concert with Tanini Trio “My Heart is Immersed in Love” held in Concertgebouw, Amsterdam,The Netherlands. Concert is made possible by Ministry of Foreign Affairs of The Republic of Turkey, Ministry of Culture and Tourism of The Republic of Turkey, Turkish Embassy in The Hague,Yunus Emre Institute Turkish Cultural Centre in Amsterdam.
In addition to her International concerts and performances, she has been working with the social responsibility projects since 2014. She works with ArtMan Association productions (Budapest) to help people who are physically and mentally disabled and diagnosed with autism, by music and dance therapy.
In 2015, she founded the “Bartók and Saygun Encounters” which is an artistic dialogue and knowledge exchange event in the field of arts, organized together by Hungary and Turkey, aimed at showing the interaction between the Turkish and the Hungarian cultures.
Her performance in the project entitled “20 Images” was held in Trafó House of Contemporary Art with ArtMan Association in Budapest , Hungary on 2019.
CONCERTS IN CHINA
Her concerts started in China with her opening concert which included selective opera pieces of Turkish composers at the Guangzhou Outdoor Arts Festival in November 2019, for which she has been awarded by the “Certificate of Honour ” by GOA for her contribution to urban art and culture and for gaining the heart of the Chinese audience.
On February 2020, she performed at the Annual Anniversary Night of Guandong Foreign Affairs Office. On 2021 her concerts took place in famous Xinghai Concert Hall, Hu Ancestral Hall, Huangpu Ancient Port in Guangzhou and Poly Theatre in Beijing for representing Turkish culture in China.
She was invited as the judge to the international committee of judges for the China Finals of The International Liszt Ferenc Piano Competition which was held on May 2021 in Beijing.
She is also invited to perform at the opening of the Shanghai International Art Festival on October 16, 2021.
With her wide range repertoire, in many languages including Turkish, Hungarian, Italian, German, French, Japanese, Spanish, Hebrew, Russian, Check, Greek, English and Chinese, from Baroque to contemporary music, she continue her concert and performances internationaly and plans future projects with Turkish and international artists.