"She makes music because she has to; it is something she can't really choose. It is a divine gift of God, a means of touching the divine that only a relatively few people are given on this planet. It is very rare and precious, she is blessed to be one of the chosen ones."
American Record Guide
Here is a “Magic Flute” from Turkey..........I am impressed; she is a master technician who also has great musicianship. The audience was thrilled by the technical excellence displayed by Kutluer; she has a delicate control of tone color. Her articulation of “Flatterzunge” or flutter tonguing is superb. Her fingering is the best, but flute players know that fingering is perhaps half the effort. The remainder is the responsibility of the lungs and diaphragm and the throat, lips, and tongue. Kutluer has all these components completely under control and she imparted a shimmering brilliance to the music.............” New York Times
Sefika Kutluer has studied at Ankara State Conservatory and graduated with honors and awards in 1979. She achieved her soloist career in Vienna and Rome.
She taught at the Ankara Conservatory for several years.
She won the 3rd prize and next year the 1st prize in “ International Flute Contest “ in Vienna.
She received the 2000 Inter-Lyra prize from the ‘Hungarian Foundation for Performing Arts’
After winning several international competitions and launching her truly international career as a soloist, she was awarded the presidential Medal in Turkey, in 1985, the highest honor that country bestows on an individual, and in 1998 she became a "State Artist". She has been decorated with “Cavaliere dell’Ordine della Stella della Solidarieta’ Italiana”- State Medal – by the President of Italy and with "Austrian Gold Medal of Merit" by the President of Austria and the Cultural Medal of the Republic of Kazakhstan. And in September 2017 she received Slovak Republic’s special award - "the Golden Medal of Honour".
She has been appointed as the “Goodwill Ambassador of Unicef”. She has received “Skalite” award of Skal International for her contributions to Ankara’s cultural life.
Kutluer received the “Strategic Vision Award” from “Turkish Asian Center for Strategic Studies ( TASAM)”, in 2014.
She has performed several concert tours, joined many International Music Festivals and gave master-classes in innumerable countries in 5 continents and received very favorable reviews. She has performed concerts at the Palais des Nations in Geneva on the occasion of the 60th Anniversary of the United Nations Organization, at the Palace of Spain in the presence of the King and the Queen and in Tokyo under the auspices of Prince Mikasa.
Sefika Kutluer, known as the “Magic Flute” in the world music scene, has performed on various international TV and radio channels. She made concert tours and CD recordings with several famous conductors and orchestra’s including; Zubin Mehta, Sir Charles Mackerras, Peter Breiner & British Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Berlin Philharmonic, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Tokyo Symphony Orchestra, Northern Symphony Orchestra, European Union Chamber Orchestra, Lithuanian Philharmonic, Virtuosi Di Praga, Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra, Zagreb Soloists, City of London Sinfonia, Festival Strings Lucerne, Kremlin Chamber Orchestra and St.Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra.
Ian Anderson composed a piece titled “Sefika’s Tango”,specially for her, and she made a concert tour with Jethro Tull playing this piece, as well.
Jose Elizondo, Stephane Blet, Ilyas Mirzayev and Rene Giessen have composed special music for her.
She made concerts with Claude Bolling dedicated to Jean Pierre Rampal.
Sefika Kutluer has a large repertoire extending from the Baroque period to the Romantic period and from mystical music to cross-over works from the East and West and has released 17 albums recorded with orchestra, piano and guitar accompaniment, including recordings with the Berlin Philharmony and the British Royal Philharmonic orchestras. Her albums are released by Pan Classical, Sony Classical, Naxos and Gallo International. Her CD’s are distributed all around the world and her discography receives the reviewer’s and music-lovers’ great appraisal. Sony has awarded her Carmen Fantasy CD, which includes all French repertoire, with a "GOLDEN CD PRIZE". Her "Bach Sonatas" CD has been chosen as one of the best CDs of the year by the reviewers of the American Record Guide. She also received “GALLO GOLDEN CD COLLECTION” award from Gallo International, based in Switzerland. For her exemplary efforts to classical music Gallo has awarded her the honor of having all her albums designated as “Golden Edition” issues.
She has started an international festival in Ankara, which will continue every year during the same period. “The first 8 International Şefika Kutluer Festivals - East Meets West” (www.sefikakutluerfest.com) were organized in 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013,2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017 .
She is a flute soloist of the İzmir State Symphony Orchestra.
European Union Chamber Orchestra has announced her as their permanent soloist.