Selim Goncu

Selim G.

Mountain View, CA
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Selim delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 5+

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Selim has been actively involved in the training of young pianists and composers in California and abroad. He currently maintains a private piano and composition studio in Mountain View, and serves as a music theory instructor at UC Berkeley. Selim previously held the position as instructor at the Salzburg Mozarteum.

Selim’s students have performed in such acclaimed venues as Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center. Many of Selims students have received top scores in the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music Exams (ABRSM) and others have been accepted into top universities in the country.

An accomplished composer as well as pianist, Selim Göncü has won numerous awards and prizes including the Firenze Suona Contemporanea, the Nicola de Lorenzo Prize in Composition, a special honor in Risuonanze 2013, and was a Kunstuniversität Graz Jahresstipendium fellow. His works have been performed and recorded in festivals and concerts in Austria, Germany, France, United Kingdom, Italy, Spain, Hungary, Turkey and USA including ensembles Ensemble Intercontemporain in Paris, Alarm Will Sound at the Missouri International Composers Festival.

Selim Göncü is a graduate of the University Mozarteum of Salzburg, the University of Music and Performing Arts Graz, the Franz Liszt Academy of Music in Budapest and he is currently a doctoral candidate in composition at University of California, Berkeley.

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Doctorate in Musical Arts
Aug 2016 - Present
University of California Berkeley
Masters in Music
Oct 2012 - Jul 2016
University of Performing Arts Graz
Bachelors Degree in Music
Oct 2008 - Jul 2012
University of Mozarteum Salzburg
Bachelors Degree in Music
Oct 2007 - Jul 2008
Ferenc Liszt Academy of Music, Budapest


Fluent / Native Proficiency
Limited Proficiency
Fluent / Native Proficiency

Photos & Videos

Class Recital (May 2018)

Photo by Selim G.

from Missouri International Composers Festival
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4 Reviews

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Gray &. May 18, 2018
Piano · In home

Teaching piano to 6 year old twins is a tough challenge, but Selim did fantastic! The kids weren't originally thrilled with the idea of starting up piano again, but ended up really enjoying their lessons with Selim. They are already excited for next week!

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Simon Dec 26, 2017
Classical Piano · In studio

My son studied with Selim over the course of 3 years. He studied piano, music theory and composition. Selim brings an incredible amount of knowledge and passion to each lesson and is a very engaging teacher. I would highly recommend Selim to anyone who wants to study piano or music theory!

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Remi Dec 21, 2017
Piano · In studio

Selim is a wonderful teacher with a great sense of humor. He has knowledge of many different styles of music and can explain the theory behind them in a way that makes sense.

Alison Dec 20, 2017
Classical Piano · In studio

We just had our first lesson with Selim and we are so happy with his teaching style. Our daughter had a wonderful time with him and has been working hard for her next lesson. He is engaging, creative and relates to children very well.

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