A rising talent in the Boston music scene, Yağmur Soydemir has a background as a concert flutist, studio recording artist, composer, arranger, and educator. Over the course of her career, she has been awarded eight times in international solo flute and chamber music competitions throughout Europe. Her talent was also recognized by the Jazz Society of Turkey, who awarded her the "Turkish Jazz Talent of the Year Scholarship" in 2020. This year, she assumes the role of a jury panel member for the "Outstanding Turkey Jazz Music Competition," organized by the Jazz Society of Turkey.
She holds a Bachelor's Degree in Classical Flute Performance from Nice Conservatory in France, as well as a Professional Diploma in Jazz Performance, and a Master's Degree in Contemporary Performance from Global Jazz Institute at Berklee College of Music, where she was awarded with a full-tuition scholarship twice. During her jazz studies, she was mentored by John Pattitucci, Joe Lovano, Kenny Werner, Danilo Perez, Marco Pignataro, Tiger Okoshi, Ed Tomassi, David Santoro, and Sarpay Özçağatay, and studied classical flute under Sibel Pensel and Felix Renggli.
Over the course of her career, Yağmur has performed in numerous well-known symphony orchestras in Turkey and Europe, as well as in many solo flute and chamber music concerts live, in radio and television programs in Turkey. Furthermore, in addition to her classical music career, she has performed with her own jazz band, in jazz big bands, and at various genre showcases featuring the music of artists such as Sting, The Police, Stevie Wonder, Alicia Keys, Madonna and many others, held at places including Berklee Performance Center and MGM Music Hall in Boston, as well as performing at the Turkish National Day Ceremonies at the Boston Turkish Consulate's Residency, and in Massachusetts and Rhode Island State Houses.
As a composer and arranger, her works for small ensemble and orchestra have been performed live throughout the world, including Turkey and the USA.
As a humanitarian activist, Yağmur has volunteered in several community services for orphans in Ankara, Turkey, created and conducted children's choirs. Aside from performing at Outreach Concerts in Boston, USA, she also co-produced a humanitarian project titled "Earthquake Relief Project for Türkiye" which involved 80 musicians from 30 countries, released in cooperation with the Berklee Productions. (See the video on the right.)
Currently, she is completing her Master's Degree as a full-tuition scholar and holds a position as the Graduate Assistant at the prestigious Global Jazz Institute at Berklee College of Music. Apart from performing live shows, recording in studios, composing and arranging, she is also an educator, offering both online and in-person flute lessons.
"Her flute speaks in any artistic language elegantly, imaginatively, passionately, and innovatively, while always maintaining a sense of peace and impeccable technique with a heartwarming tone. I also see she possesses a 'shine' that only a true artist can possess, she radiates in rainy, windy, and even in stormy weather."
Tiger Okoshi, the world-renowned Japanese jazz-fusion trumpeter
Yağmur Soydemir and Friends
(Arranger & Band Leader)
Artist Interview with NTV about "Earthquake Relief Project for Türkiye"
(Project Co-Producer & Orchestral Arranger & Alto Flute Soloist)
"Looking truly forward to collaborating with you!
Respectfully and with love."