AIMA was founded in 1998 by Prof. Filiz Ali. Since its foundation the Academy has assumed a leading role in promoting the education of young musicians through expanding their horizons and their musical career. Music Masterclasses are held every year during the summer and fall seasons in Ayvalik, focusing mostly on string instruments. Students from Turkey, Europe and even as far away as New Zealand, gather together for eight to ten days of intense studying, practising and performing with distinguished international faculty at this beautiful Aegean coast town.

The Academy has evolved since its foundation and diversified its master classes with Composition Workshops, Creative Writing Workshops, Piano Masterclasses and Guitar Masterclasses. The Academy has also aimed to enrich the cultural life of Ayvalık with public concerts which are organized during all seasons.

AIMA organizes different workshops and masterclasses every year where young participants have the opportunity to work with renowned artists.


43rd Istanbul Music Festival’s Honorary Award was presented to Prof. Filiz Ali


The opening ceremony of the 43rd Istanbul Music Festival was held at the Lütfi Kırdar International Convention and Exhibition Center on 31st of May 2015. After the opening speech of Bülent Eczacıbaşı, the chairman of the IKSV, festival’s honorary award was presented to Prof. Filiz Ali for her contributions in the Turkish cultural and artistic life as a musicologist and teacher for over 50 years and as the founder of the Ayvalık International Music Academy, which has trained many young musicians since 1998.

Click here to read the speech of Prof. Filiz Ali.

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Bu yıl her masterclass için bir katılımcıya AIMA tarafından burs verilecektir. AIMA bursu katılım ücretini kapsamaktadır ve konaklamayı içermez. Burs için başvurmak isteyen katılımcı adayların başvuru formlarına ek olarak, geçmiş ve güncel eğitim düzeylerini içeren detaylı özgeçmişleri ve Çalgı hocasından alacakları tavsiye mektubunu adresine göndermeleri gerekmektedir.








43rd Istanbul Music Festival’s “Honorary Award” will be presented to pianist, musicologist, music critic and author Prof. Filiz Ali for her contributions to the arts and culture of Turkey through her work on the development and proliferation of polyphonic western music and her valued efforts in training many musicians and musicologists through her role as an educator for over 50 years.


3 şubat 2015