Associate Professor Hande Cangökçe graduated from Istanbul University State Conservatory. She completed her licence and Master’s degree and got her Certificate of Sufficiency studying under Bekir Küçükay. Then she qualified for the “Guitar for Soloists” program of Académie supérieure de musique of Strasbourg conservatory. She studied classical guitar with Susana Prieto (the member of Duo Melis) and Baroque Music, Theorbo and basso continuo with Prof. Yasunori Imamura.
While studying, she worked with famous virtuosi guitarists and teachers like Zoran Dukić, Lily Afshar, Marco Socías, Liviu Georgescu, Boško Radojković, Hopkinson Smith, Carlo Marchione, Tilman Hoppstock and Lorenzo Micheli. She also got invited by many conservatories in Europe.
Since 2000, Cangökçe peformed as soloist in many international festivals, played concertos, and premiered many contemporary works. She gave live performances in TV and radio. Her performances included in two albums titled “5 Guiter Pieces” and “Rendezvous with Guitar” (Turkish: Gitarla Buluşma).
Some of her performances as soloist include: A. Vivaldi Guitar Concerto in D, RV 93 (2009, accompanied by AGSLM orchestra, conductor: K. Özal); Malcolm Arnold Guitar Concerto (2010, accompanied with piano); J. Rodrigo’s Concierto de Aranjuez (2012, accompanied by AGSLM orchestra, conductor: K. Özal) and Ç. Bilgin Guitar Concerto (accompanied by Orchestra Ankara, conductor: A. Cedrone).