Nehil Durak was born in a small Turkish town on the western shore of the Black Sea, into a family that was highly appreciative of creative artwork. With the encouragement of her family, at the age of 12 she went to study at the Istanbul State Conservatory.
In 2005 she decided to move to Europe in order to learn more about the magical realm of classical music, to deepen her musical understanding and to enrich her skills and sensitivity.
Over the course of her career, Nehil Durak has studied oboe at Musikhochschule Lubeck under Prof. Diethelm Jonas, at Hochschule für Musik, Theater und Medien Hannover under Prof. Klaus Becker and in Paris at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et Dance under Prof. Jacques Tys. She obtained the diploma for Soloklasse (Konzertexamen).
She was academist at the SWR Radio-Symphonie Orchester Stuttgart, at the Staatsoper Hamburg. She joined the Lubecker Philharmoniker as an intern and was a member of the Orchesterakademie Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival.
Nehil Durak has been invited to perform as a guest musician in prestigious orchestras, including the SWR Radio-Symphonie Orchester Stuttgart, Mahler Chamber Orchester, the Ensemble Matheus in France, the NDR Radiophilharmonie in Hannover, Frankfurter Oper- und Museumsorchester, The Royal Swedish Opera, the Niedersächsische Staatsoper Hannover, the Ensemble Resonanz and Kammerakademie Potsdam.
She has worked under the baton of such exceptional conductors as Roger Norrington, Herbert Blomstedt, Iván Fischer, Marin Alsop, Christopher Eschenbach, Valery Gergiev, Simone Young, Marek Janowski, Dmitri G. Kitajenko, Jukka-Pekka Saraste, Riccardo Minasi and Jean Christopher Spinosi.
Over the course of her studies and in her emotional and musical development, all these experiences have allowed her to become more creative, sensitive, and to gain a different and unique artistic perspective.
Nehil Durak joined the Budapest Festival Orchestra in 2015.