Sinem Altan, born in 1985 in Ankara, studied composition at the University of the Arts, Berlin, and composition at the Hanns Eisler Music Academy. Her more extensive works include Hafriyat-Earthwork for orchestra, for which she won the European Composer Prize 2015, the Concerto for Bağlama and Orchestra, commissioned by the Landesmusikrat Berlin 2013, and the city opera Die Gute Stadt (The Good City) for the Freiburg Theater. Her fairy tale concerto Keloğlan und die Räuberbande (Keloğlan and the Band of Robbers), commissioned by the Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin, received the Young Ears Special Prize 2011. She currently works as artistic director at the Atze Musiktheater Berlin and is the musical director of the Maxim Gorki Theater, Berlin. Her current performances and projects as a pianist and conductor, also with her renowned Ensemble Olivinn, include the recomposition project for Beethoven’s Pastorale at the main broadcasting hall of the RBB Aşkım Beethoven, meine Liebe (Aşkım Beethoven, My Love), commissions for new compositions at the Young Euro Classic at Konzerthaus Berlin, a series of concerts in Cemal-Reşit-Rey Concert Hall in Istanbul, and concert events for the German Federal President at Bellevue Palace.
Sinem Altan was a resident at Tarabya Cultural Academy from July to December 2016.