Dr. Ipek Brooks has performed solo, chamber and orchestra concerts at various venues in places such as Mozarteum Music Academy, Salzburg, Austria; New England Conservatory, Boston, MA; The Royal Conservatory, The Hague, the Netherlands; Hamburg University of Music and Theatre, Germany; Performing Art Centers and at many other venues in New York, Atlanta and Istanbul, Turkey. As one of the founding members, she continues to perform with the Terminus Ensemble of Contemporary Music in the Metro Atlanta area.
Dr. Ipek Brooks completed her doctorate degree at the University of Georgia studying with Dr. Richard Zimdars. Aside from her major field in piano performance, she pursued Piano Pedagogy as her minor concentration studying under Dr. Peter Jutras. The title of her doctorate dissertation is 'Selected Twentieth Century Turkish Character Pieces For Solo Piano.'
A native of Turkey, Ipek Brooks started playing the piano at a young age and had her first solo recital at the age of 11 at the Austrian Culture Institute in Istanbul. She received her bachelor's degree in piano performance at the Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University State Conservatory in her home country. Later she pursued her Masters degree in piano performance at Purchase College, State University of New York studying under Paul Ostrovsky who previously was in the piano classes of Emil Gilels and Yakov Flier.
In 2004, she recorded W.A. Mozart’s C minor Sonata K 330 for the European Broadcast Union and in 2005, she had her orchestral debut playing E. Grieg’s A minor Concerto with the Mimar Sinan Univeristy Orchestra. Later she performed O. Messiaen's 'Oiseaux Exotique' with the Purchase Symphony Orchestra in 2007 which was later broadcasted by WNYC. In 2011, she received the S. Truett Cathy Piano Scholarship Award from Atlanta Steinway Society. She served as the contemporary music pianist for the percussion department while holding her faculty position at the Purchase College and State University of New York. Her performances included many contemporary chamber compositions by such composers as G. Crumb, C. Wourinen, I. Xenakis, T. Leon, S. Ricks and many others.