Pınar has served on the TAAM Board as Vice President-President Elect in the 2019-2020 term. Prior to
that position at TAAM, she had been involved in co-coordinating two major events, Passage to Turkey I
and Passage to Turkey II, organized by TAAM, to introduce Turkish musical and folklore traditions to
Minnesotans.
A native of Ankara, Turkey, Pınar Başgöze received her B. A. and M. A. degrees in piano performance
under the tutelage of Professor Banu Perk at Hacettepe University Ankara State Conservatory in Turkey,
studied Piano Pedagogy and Performance with Professor Maria Curcio in London and piano performance
with Dr. Paul Shaw at the University of Minnesota School of Music. She is a member of Duo Harmonia,
formerly known as Başgöze-Pinto Piano Duo, founded in 2008 with pianist and MacPhail Faculty Susana
Pinto. Their duo received the 2018 MacPhail Artist Development Grant, funded by The McKnight
Foundation, to record their first CD, Harmonia. Pianist Pınar Başgöze recently received the Minnesota
State Arts Board Artist Initiative Grant FY 2020 for commissioning pieces for piano duet and narrator
composed by three different composers from three different countries, based on Minnesotan,
Portuguese, and Turkish folk tales. Pınar is a full-time piano faculty member at MacPhail Center for
Music, married to Jon Iverson, also a member of MacPhail Piano Faculty, and skillfully managing a life
filled with teaching piano, performing, and raising her family.
Pınar Başgöze is a strong advocate of introducing Turkish culture and traditions to other cultures and
connecting different cultures together through music, dance and arts. She is a true believer that cultural
differences should neither segregate nor discriminate, but only draw people together.