(b. 4 October 1957, İstanbul).
Turkish composer of mostly chamber, choral and piano works that have been performed in Europe; he is also active as a pianist.
Mr. Karlıbel began playing piano at age four. He studied composition, conducting, harmony, music history, music theory, orchestration, and piano privately with Cemal Reşit Rey in İstanbul from 1966–85. He studied at the Lycée Français Saint Michel in İstanbul and Robert Lisesi – Robert College in İstanbul, later studied at Boğaziçi Üniversitesi in İstanbul, received the Licentiate of the Royal Schools of Music in piano in London in 1986 and earned his master's degree at İstanbul Teknik Üniversitesi in 2001.
Among his honours are the Jury Prize in the competition Nejat Eczacıbaşı (1996, for Concerto) and a finalist in the competition of the Turkish Radio and Television Corporation (1998, for March for the 75th Year of the Republic). His music has been performed in France, Georgia, Germany, Italy, Turkey, and the UK.
As a pianist, he has worked as an accompanist and répétiteur at the İstanbul Devlet Opera ve Balesi since 1986. He often performs the music of Johann Sebastian Bach, Claude Debussy, Alberto Ginastera, Franz Liszt, Cemal Reşit Rey, and Igor Stravinsky in recitals.
Mr. Karlıbel is also active in other positions. As a scholar, he prepared vocal scores of five marches by Cemal Reşit Rey in the book Cemal Reşit Rey'in Marşları – Cemal Reşit Rey's Marches (1996, Cemal Reşit Rey Konser Salonu Yayınları), prepared new manuscripts of his Sonatin – Sonatina for piano (1928) and his symphonic poem Karagöz (1931), both in 1999, and copied the missing orchestral parts of his opera in 4 acts Çelebi (1942–73) in 2006. In addition, he translated the analysis Hector Berlioz Les Troyens by Ian Kemp (2008, Pan Yayıncılık).
In addition to the works listed below, he has made arrangements of music by Cenan Akın, Johann Sebastian Bach, Hector Berlioz, Rifat Bey, Johannes Brahms, Giuseppe Donizetti, Hammâmîzâde İsmâil Dede Efendi, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Modest Mussorgsky, Sergei Rachmaninoff, Cemal Reşit Rey, Hikmet Şimşek, Muammer Sun, Hasan Toraganlı, and Carl Maria von Weber.
His primary publisher is the Keturi Musikverlag.
COMPLETE LIST OF WORKS
Eyyûbîler – The Ayyubids (opera in 2 acts with ballet, libretto by the composer, after Sir Walter Scott), 1986–98
Büyükada Fantezisi, piano, orchestra, 1974 (also version for 2 pianos)
Symphonic Piece after the Folksong 'Adana'nın Yolları', 1993
Concerto, piano, orchestra, 1995 (also version for 2 pianos)
Harp Akademileri marşı, symphonic band, 1999
Concerto Movement for the Right Hand (in memoriam Vedat Kosal), piano right hand, orchestra, 2001
Doğaçlama – Improvisation, trumpet, piano, 1975
Fuga alla turca, string quartet, 1992 (version of work for piano)
Anımsayış – Erinnerung, violin, cello, piano, 1995
Füg – Fugue, guitar, 1995
Galop de bal, violin, cello, piano, 1996
Pastorale, oboe, piano, 1996
Romanze, soprano saxophone, piano, 1996
Suite, violin, piano, 1996
Rüya – Träumerei, flute, 1996
Waltz, 3 guitars, 1997
Waltz, harp, 1997
Two Character Studies, flute, bassoon, 1999
Quintessenz, flute, clarinet, violin, cello, vibraphone, 1999–2000
ENKA'nın otuzuncu yıl marşı – March for the 30th Year of ENKA (text by Zeki Ömer Defne), mixed chorus, 1987
A cappella ve piyano eşlikli altı parça – Six pieces a cappella and with piano accompaniment (texts by the composer, Jalāl ad-Dīn Muhammad Rūmī [Turkish translation]), mixed chorus, piano, 1986–97
Hymn for Robert College (text by Max Ehrmann), mixed chorus, 1997
Twelve Pieces (texts by the composer, Mehmet Âkif Ersoy, Michael Arends, Ömer Bedrettin Uşaklı), children's chorus, piano, 1995–98
Alfabe Şarkısı (text by the composer), children's chorus, orchestra, 1995–98
Kaplan (text by the composer, after William Blake), children's chorus, orchestra, 1995–98
Halikarnassos (text by the composer), soprano, tenor, bass, children's chorus, orchestra, 1995–98
Anatolia (text by Michael Arends), children's chorus, orchestra, 1995–98
İlkbahar (text by the composer), children's chorus, orchestra, 1995–98
March for the 75th Anniversary of the Republic (text by the composer), mixed chorus, 1998 (also versions for mixed chorus, orchestra, 1998; any voice, piano)
Beyatlı (oratorio, text by Yahya Kemal Beyatlı), soprano, baritone, mixed chorus, ensemble from Turkey, orchestra, 2005–08
Liederpalette (song-cycle, texts by Joseph von Eichendorff, Michael Arends, Heinrich Heine), low voice, piano, 1996 (also version of first song [translated by Ahmet Haşim], low voice, piano, 1996)
Sirens (text by the composer), any voice, piano, 1998
March for the 75th Anniversary of the Republic, any voice, piano, 1998 (version of choral work)
Büyükada Fantezisi, 2 pianos, 1974 (version of work for piano, orchestra)
Aquaphonie (trilogy), 1975
Fantezi – Fantasy, 1977
Heceler – Syllables (suite), 1977
Fuga alla turca, 1992 (also version for string quartet)
Bagatel – Bagatelle, 2 pianos, 1992
Cumhuretiyin onuncu yıl marşı – Tenth-Anniversary March for the Republic, 1992
Six Préludes, 1975–93
Cemal Reşit Rey'in 'Türkiye' senfonik şiirinden iki transkripsiyon ve parafraz – Two Transcriptions and a Paraphrase on Cemal Reşit Rey's Symphonic Poem 'Turkey', 1996
Gençlik albümü – Youth Album, 1993–97
Eski İstanbul'a dair tarihi resimler – Historic Pictures of Ancient İstanbul, 1997
Concerto, 2 pianos, 1998 (version of work for piano, orchestra)
Twelve Marches (Originals and Arrangements), 1996–2001
DISCOGRAPHY (as composer)
Cemal Reşit Rey'in 'Türkiye' senfonik şiirinden iki transkripsiyon ve parafraz; Allegro giocoso. Vedat Kosal, piano (Phil.Lip Verlag, Joseph Schmiedseder, 1998)
Liederpalette. Fred Silla-Silhanek, tenor; Anke Schwabe, piano (itonmusik: CD 65158, 2001)
Büyükada Fantezisi (original version); Fuga alla turca (original version). Aydın Karlıbel, piano; Erol Erdinç/İstanbul Devlet Senfoni Orkestrası (itonmusik: CD 65177, 2005)
Twelve Pieces (excerpt). (CD-MC TRT)
DISCOGRAPHY (as pianist)
On iki prelüd ve füg – Twelve Preludes and Fugues (Cemal Reşit Rey). Aydın Karlıbel, Seher Tanrıyar, pianos (Yapı Kredi Yayınları, 1996)