Born in Ankara, Turkey, Elçim Özdemir began learning the viola in his hometown. She was immediately fascinated by the specific sound of the instrument, dark and powerful, and decided to become a violist. She continues her studies in a cycle of perfection at the National Conservatory of Lyon, in the class of Tasso Adamopoulos.
For this musician, her instrument occupies an important place in the orchestra, at the geographical centre of it, immersed in the music that emanates from the surroundings: less exposed than other instruments, the viola serves as a link between the tonalities of the different desks and brings an obscure touch to the musical ensemble.
As a member of various chamber music ensembles, she has the opportunity to play in numerous festivals and also performs as a soloist in concerts around the world broadcast on radio and television.
In order to share and put her experience to good use for the younger generation, she first taught viola at the National Conservatory of Lyon and then at the Haute École de Musique in Geneva and Lausanne. Principal viola since 1999 with the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Elçim Özdemir plays on a 1763 Jean Baptiste Gabrielli.