CAN ATILLA (b 1969 )
Can Atilla was born in Ankara on 26th February 1969. His father was a diplomat, and as a result Atilla spent some of his music education in Moscow, specialising in piano and violin. He was accepted into the Ankara State Conservatory in 1980. While completing his degree in violin at Ankara State Conservatory, he began to compose professionally, and has since composed numerous pieces for concert, film, theatre and ballet. From 1988 to 1990 he was a member of the Presidential Symphony Orchestra in Turkey.
The world première of Atilla’s St. Florian Symphony was performed by the Presidential Symphony Orchestra in 2002. He conducted his Symphonic Suite with the Ankara State Opera and Ballet in 2005, and 2008 saw the world premières of his Mevlana Oratorio and Ballet of the Call. Shortly afterwards in 2009, a governmental commission materialised for Diriliş (Resurrection). Diriliş was premièred by an orchestra of 300, acting as the accompaniment for the violin soloist, State Artist Suna Kan. Also in 2009, the PSO premièred his début symphony: 100th Year Turkish Air Force Symphony. In 2014 and 2015, Atilla’s ballets Kerbela and Piri Reis were performed by the Turkish State Opera and Ballet in several cities. He has been honoured many times with artistic awards from his native Turkey. A prolific composer of electronic music, Atilla’s discography includes 21 albums released internationally since 1992. His original score for the film Gallipoli 1915 was released by Sony-BMG in the USA.