FAZıL SAY (b 1970 )
With his extraordinary pianistic talents, Fazıl Say has connected with audiences and critics alike for more than 25 years, in a way that has become rare in the increasingly materialistic and elaborately organised classical music world. Concerts featuring this artist are something different to the norm—they are more direct, more open, more exciting. In short, they go straight to the heart.
He has been commissioned to write music for, among others, the Salzburger Festspiele, the WDR Symphony Orchestra, Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival, Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Wiener Konzerthaus, Dresdner Philharmonie, Fondation Louis Vuitton, Orpheus Chamber Orchestra and the BBC.
Say has composed 88 works and recorded 50 albums to date, and his oeuvre comprises four symphonies, two oratorios, various concertos and numerous works for piano and chamber music, including İstanbul Symphony (No. 1), Mesopotamia Symphony (No. 2), Black Earth, Nazım Oratorio and the Mount Ida series.
Guest appearances have taken Say to countless countries on all five continents, and French newspaper Le Figaro called him ‘a genius’. Fazıl Say appears courtesy of Warner Classics.