Asude Karayavuz (Mezzo-Soprano) - APA Artists' Management Alexandra Mercer - www.apaartistsmanagement.com Born in Istanbul, she graduated from Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University State Conservatory and was awarded 2nd Prize by the Siemens National Opera Competition in Istanbul. She was accepted at The Mozarteum Summer Accademy where she studied with many distinguished artists, including Edith Mathis, Kurt Widmer and Edda Moser. After she graduated she won a place at the Accademia Teatro alla Scala where she studied with many distinguished Maestri including, Leyla Gencer, Mirella Freni, Luciana Serra, Renato Bruson, Luigi Alva and Vincenzo Scalera. Finalist in the 6th Leyla Gencer Opera Contest, she was awarded the Grand Prix Leyla Gencer by L’Académie Disque du Lyrique. In Turkey she was nominated the Best Female Opera Singer and Best Musician of the Year by Andante Magazine and was awarded The Suna Korad Special Prize for Best Female Opera Singer of the Year from the Semiha Berksoy Foundation in Turkey.