Selen Apaydin is a concert pianist of the upmost respect whose electrifying stage presence in combination with her mastery of the keyboard and sensitivity expressed through the manipulation of sound made her name recognized in the European and Turkish high quality classical art scene in no time. Having pursued a professional soloist training/carrier for a decade under the guidance of world known soloist, mentor, educator Maestro Aquilles Delle Vigne, she was asked to perform by some of the most prestigious concert halls and festivals such as the Concertgebouw, Berliner Philharmonic Kamermuziek Hall, Doelen, Wiener Zaal , Zeeuwse Zaal, Salzburg International Summer Academy Festival, Leipzig International Music Festival, Netherlands Youth Orchestra Summer Festival Concert Series, International Ankara Music Festival, Prokofiev Marathon, Skriabin Marathon, CSM Young Talent Concert Series, Doelen Trance Music Festival, International Gumusluk Classical Music Festival, Dag van de Romantische Muziek, Ton de Leeuw Concert Series, Orlando Festival.
Being the daughter of the most distinguished choir conductor-music educator in Turkey, Mustafa Apaydin, she grew with the confidence and experience of the stage which led her to find herself performing for big audiences since the age of 9. She studied classical piano with prodigy Mehmet Okonsar and pedagogue Oya Unler at Hacettepe University Ankara State Conservatorium where she graduated with the highest grade in 2002. At the age of 17 she got accepted to the class of Aquilles Delle Vigne, Rotterdams Conservatorium where she graduated from Bachelor and Master of Music with the grade of 10 "Cum Laude" and enriched her studies in Paris, France, at the superior virtuoso level in La Schola Cantorum that has the heritage of having Ravel, Messiaen, Albeniz, Cortot as professors. She was asked to teach in Codarts, Rotterdams Conservatorium as a guest teacher/pianist at the age of 24.
She was selected to be the Turkish representative in Codarts and attended the press, culture and education delegations of Turkish and Holland's governments. Her performances during that period appeared both on Dutch and Turkish press denominating her as "the cultural ambassador". As a representative, or ambassador, she worked for cooperation between Codarts in Netherlands, and Bilkent University in Turkey.
Selen Apaydin's love for music and wide vision of the auditive arts draw her attention into experimenting with a variety of uncommon formats in contemporary projects including; 6 pianos, 3 pianos-4 trombones, 4 pianos-guitars -voice-giant humming tops and electronics, 4 pianos-guitars-percussion-choir, piano-darbuka-zurna-bass clarinet, prepared piano-tomtoms, accordion-piano, live electronics-piano, orchestra-bansuri-tabla and piano-harp-bansuri-tabla performances. In some of the projects she collaborated with world-famous Indian musicians Hariprasad Chaurasia and Vijay Ghate with whom she performed for the Dutch Queen.
There are composers who preferred Apaydin to play piano in their works' world or national premiers such as Mark Anthony Tournage, Evrim Demirel, Uğraş Durmuş, Gökçe Altay, Dorothee Eberhardt. As a matter of fact, some of their works were especially composed "for" Apaydin Trio, or Selen Apaydin herself.
As a young talent, Selen Apaydin has appeared in television and radio programs. Many of her recordings are available, some of which are; 2008 Live Recording - Piano Marathon of de Doelen, 2008 Live Recording- Modern Arts Center Ankara, 2000 CD labeled "80.Yıl Anısına" released by Turkish Radio and Television Institution. -2008 recording Images of Debussy in Turkish Radio and Television studios.