The Turkish pianist and composer Fazil Say stands out thanks to his talent as well as his political convictions; here we discover his piano concerto Silk Road, illustrated with images of his native country, and enriched by interviews with Fazil Say.
Born in Ankara, he studied the piano at the conservatory, then honed his skills in Germany at the Schumann Institute in Düsseldorf and the Berlin Conservatory. Recognition came in 1994, when he won the prestigious Young Concert Artists International Auditions award in New York. As a guest soloist with many orchestras, he has shared a stage with the New York Philharmonic, the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, and the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra.
He has composed many pieces for the orchestra as well as for the piano; he is also the author of oratorios dedicated to Turkish poets to whom he feels close, such as the poet Nazim Hikmet, and Metin Altiok, a victim of political Islamism. A keen jazz enthusiast, he founded the World Jazz quintet, with whom he performs on many stages, including Montreux Jazz Festival.
Bach, Chopin, Schumann, Rachmaninov...
Portrait of the Turkish pianist