Füsun Köksal currently lives and teaches in the United States. Her oeuvre spans from solo to orchestral works and is informed by the gestural and timbral concerns of Boulez, Berio, and fellow composers of her own generation. In 2008 her String Quartet received third prize at the Sixth Concours International de Composition Henri Dutilleux, under the chairmanship of Henri Dutilleux, and in 2009 her piece Nocturnal was nominated for the Third International Pablo Casals Composition Prize in France. She has participated in master classes with Augusta Read Thomas, Peter Eötvös, and Salvatore Sciarrino, among others.
Her works have been performed in Europe, Turkey and the United States by notable ensembles including the Ensemble Modern Academy, Ensemble Calliopée, Penderecki String Quartet, Arditti String Quartet, Pacifica Quartet, Eighthblackbird and Hezarfen Ensemble of Istanbul.
Currently, Köksal is completing a PhD in composition at the University of Chicago, studying with Marta Ptaszynska and Shulamit Ran. Before coming to Chicago she graduated from the Musikhoschule Köln, where she studied with Krzysztof Meyer, and received her BM from the Bilkent University Faculty of Music and Performing Arts, Ankara. She has also served on the faculties of Bilkent University and the University of Pittsburgh.