Fusun Alpakin

Fusun Alpakin was born in Turkey and began her music education at the age of six, playing the mandolin and later switching to the violin, receiving instruction from her long time instructor, composer and violin virtuoso, Ekrem Zeki Un. At age 11 Ms. Alpakin auditioned for and was admitted to the Mimar Sinan University Istanbul State Conservatory where she studied violin with the Istanbul Symphony Orchestra Concertmaster Professor Yusuf Guler Aksoz and Ensemble with Professor Resit Erzin. In 1988, she received her bachelor’s degree in violin performance. In 1989, she auditioned for the Istanbul State Opera and Ballet Orchestra where she worked as assistant concertmistress. In 1996-97, she worked under tutoring Professor Piero Farulli (Italiana Quartet) with the Chamber Ensemble at Scola Di Fiesole in Florence, Italy.

In 1999, Ms. Alpakin moved to the United States with her husband where she worked with the Classical Symphony Orchestra as concertmistress, at the New Philharmonic as the principal second violin, and with the Northwest Indiana Symphony Orchestra. In 2000, she auditioned for the Roosevelt University Performing Arts Master's degree program and received a full scholarship from the world famous Chicago Symphony Orchestra. She completed her Master’s Degree in 2002. While at Roosevelt University, Ms. Alpakin studied under Cyrus Forough (student of David Oistrakh). That same year she was accepted into the Civic Orchestra of Chicago (the training orchestra of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra) where she trained with Daniel Barenboim, Sir Andrew Davis, Pinchas Zukerman, Cliff Colnot, and was coached by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s principal string members.

After moving to the United States she focused on her teaching career, gaining teaching experience working at DePaul University Community Division and the People’s Music School where she worked with Vermeer String Quartet members to train children. Ms. Alpakin has given many masterclasses for instructors and has been involved with “Yours,” a project for children. In 2005, she and her husband opened the Southport Performing Arts Conservatory (SPACE) for music, dance and drama education in Chicago. Since then, she has been teaching and directing SPACE’s musical productions, including The Wizard of Oz and Peter Pan, etc. Since 2007, she and her husband have collaborated with the Moscow Ballet in their production of The Great Russian Nutcracker.

Ms. Alpakin lives with her husband and two children in Chicago.