Born in 1973, Turkey, Füsun Köksal’s works have recently been programmed in various contemporary music festivals such as Berliner Festspiele MaerzMusik, Schleswig Holstein Music Festival, Warsaw Autumn, Via Stellae Festival, Forum Neuer Musik, Fertile Crescent, Mise-En Music Festival, Centre Acanthes, Bilkent New Music Days, and Dias de Musica Electroacustica etc.
Recently awarded a Civitella Ranieri Music Fellowship (2017), Köksal is recipient of numerous international awards including the 6th International Henri Dutilleux Composition Competition and 3rd International German-Polish Composition Prize. She won several awards of the SCI/ASCAP composition commissions and was nominated for the 3rd Pablo Casals Award in 2009. The prominent ensembles and performers who have featured her music include Derek Bermel, Richard Haynes, Ensemble Modern Academy, Ensemble Phoenix, Penderecki String Quartet, Ensemble Calliopée, Hezarfen Ensemble, Arditti String Quartet, Pacifica Quartet, eighth blackbird, Dafo Quartet, Bilkent Symphony Orchestra, Vermont Contemporary Music Ensemble, Vertix Sonore. Recently her works has been conducted by distinguished conductors, among them, Julien Masmondet, Christoph-Mathias Müller, Anu Tali, Cliff Colnot, and Diego Mason. As a composer she is an active writer on contemporary music. Her work engages with the interpretation of the gestural topographies in recent repertory from topic-theoretical perspective, and pursues leading the analytical praxis towards the hermeneutical framework.
Köksal graduated from Hochschule für Musik Köln studied with Krzysztof Meyer, and received her Ph.D in composition from The University of Chicago, studied with Marta Ptaszynska and Shulamit Ran. Her works has been published by PWM (Poland), Edition Dohr (Germany), and Bachovich Music Publications (USA) and broadcast by Südwestfunk and Deutschlandfunk. Köksal served as lecturer at the University of Chicago and Bilkent University, as Visiting Assistant Professor of Theory and Composition at the University of Pittsburgh and Middlebury College. Currently she works as Assistant Professor of Composition, and coordinator of composition studies at Yaşar University, İzmir.