Born in 1999 in Lausanne, Çiğdem Tunçelli began her studies at the age of 5 at the Conservatoire de Lausanne with Tina Strinning. In 2012, she entered in the pre-college section in the class of François Sochard. She pursued in the class of Prof. Stuller and started her Bachelor degree at the Haute Ecole de Musique de Lausanne in 2015, from where she graduated with distinctions. Since 2019 Tunçelli is studying at the Hochschule für Musik “Hanns Eisler” in Prof. Schönweiss’ class.
During her musical upbringing, Tunçelli won several prices in solo, duo and with her former ensemble at the Swiss Youth Music Competition. She also took part in masterclasses of artists such as Shmuel Ashkenazy, Vadim Gluzman, the Ysaye Quartet, the Aviv Quartet. As a passionate and engaged musician in orchestra and chamber music, she participated in many youth orchestras and academies. She has also spent her last 5 summers playing in the different orchestras at the Verbier Festival and is currently a member of the Verbier Festival Chamber Orchestra conducted by Gábor Takács-Nagy.
Tunçelli has also been very engaged in social services by giving numerous concerts with Musethica, whose ideology is to bring music to underprivileged communities.