A native of Turkey, Füsun Köksal studied composition at Bilkent University Faculty of Music and Performing Arts, Ankara-Turkey with Bujor Hoinic. After completing her undergraduate studies she studied composition with Prof. Krzysztof Meyer and theory (Künstlerische Tonsatz) with Prof. Johannes Schild at the Hochschule für Musik Köln.
Köksal holds a PhD in composition with a minor in theory from the University of Chicago, where she studied with Prof. Marta Ptaszynska and Prof. Shulamit Ran. Köksal’s awards include third prize at the 6th International Henri Dutilleux Composition Competition (2008), finalist at the 2nd International Composer’s Competition, Reggello, Italy (2005), and second prize at the 3rd International German-Polish Composition Prize (1998). She won regional awards of the SCI/ASCAP student composition commission each year from 2006 to 2008. In 2009, she was nominated for the 3rd International Pablo Casals Award in France.
Her music has been performed throughout Europe and North America and programmed at festivals such as Schleswig Holstein Music Festival (Germany), Berliner Festspiele-MaerzMuzik, Warsaw Autumn, Tage Neuer Musik Krefeld (Germany), Via Stellae Festival (Spain), Turkkfest (England), and Fertile Crescent (Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton University). The prominent ensembles and performers who have featured her music include Derek Bermel, Ensemble Modern Academy, Ensemble Phoenix, Ensemble Chronophonie, Penderecki String Quartet, Ensemble Calliopée, Orchestre Nationale de Lorraine, Arditti String Quartet, Pacifica Quartet, eighth blackbird, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra’s 10:10 Ensemble, Ensemble Fire-Wire, Dafo Quartet, Bilkent Symphony Orchestra, Vertix Sonore, Hezarfen Ensemble, and Bilkent Ensemble.
She has participated in master classes by Peter Eötvös, Salvatore Sciarrino, Augusta Read Thomas, and David Felder. Köksal has served as lecturer at Bilkent University Faculty of Music and Performing Arts (2002-2005), as visiting assistant professor at the University of Pittsburgh (2010-2011) and Middlebury College (2013-2014), and as lecturer at the University of Chicago (2009-2010, 2011- 2013).