Instrumentalist - Piano
The Turkish pianist and composer Fazil Say was born in Ankara and studied piano and composition at the state conservatory of his home city. As a seventeen-year-old student, he was awarded a scholarship enabling him to work for five years with David Levine at the Robert Schumann Institute in Düsseldorf. He then went on to pursue his studies at the Berlin Conservatory. France's Le Figaro states, "He is not merely a pianist of genius; undoubtedly he will be one of the great artists of the twenty-first century." His newest recording, "Pictures" [which includes Pictures at an Exhibition], has received the "Album of the Month" award in France, the "Choc de Classic" prize.
Posted: Dec-20-2011
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Turkish pianist/composer Fazil Say has been named winner of Germany's ECHO Klassik Special Jury Award for his album Istanbul Senfonisi (Istanbul Symphony).
Posted: Sep-18-2013
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“In Beethoven’s Piano Concerto no. 3 in C minor, Fazil Say approached his first cue with a vengeance. A man of extraordinary talents, Say has a long association with Zurich. He looks less robust and more clean-shaven today, having trimmed the wild mane of his younger years, but his playing remains emotive, imaginative and largely non-conformist. I admire Say’s unequivocally headstrong approach to classical repertoire.”

— Bachtrack
Posted: May-6-2015
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The “Mesopotamia Symphony Opus 38” was commissioned by the Istanbul Culture and Arts Foundation (IKSV) in 2012 for large orchestra and solo instruments. “In constructing the ‘Mesopotamia Symphony,’ Fazil Say attempts to narrate the story of the present-day Middle East, as well as the culture of Mesopotamia throughout history,” according to a written statement on Say’s website.

Posted: Sep-18-2013
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Posted: Mar-4-2013