Fazil Say

Biography

Born: January 14, 1970; Ankara, Turkey  
Fazil Say, son of musicologist Ahmet Say, established a substantial dual career as a pianist and composer during the 1990s. As a performer, he has won numerous competitions and has performed with some of the finest orchestras worldwide. He is also active as a jazz pianist and regularly performs at international jazz festivals. His compositions have been broadly performed and recorded, and his works are published by Schott.

Say was born
Read more in Ankara, Turkey, and received his early training at the Ankara State Conservatory. He received a scholarship to study at the Robert Schumann Institute in Dusseldorf where he worked for five years with David Levine and he studied for three years at the Berlin Conservatory. In 1995 he won first prize in the Young Concert Artists International Auditions in New York. This immediately led to engagements around the world. He also won the Beracasa Foundation Prize in 1995, leading to a performance at the Festival International de Radio France-Montpellier. His first concerts in the United States after the appearance at the Young Concert Artists Auditions were at the 92nd Street "Y" in New York and at Kennedy Center in Washington. He has a strong interest in jazz and formed a quartet, Worldjazz, which began touring in 2000, and which has performed at the Montpellier, and at the Montreux and Istanbul Jazz Festivals.

He has performed with some of the world's great orchestras, including New York Philharmonic, the Concertgebouw Orchestra, the Vienna Symphony Orchestra, the BBC Philharmonic, and the Orchestre National de France. His repertoire ranges from the Baroque to the contemporary and he has recorded works by Bach, Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, Liszt, Tchaikovsky, Stravinsky, and Gershwin. Say's compositions span a wide range of genres. He has written solo piano works, which he performs regularly, four piano concertos, concertos for violin and for guitar, orchestral music, ballet, oratorios, chamber music, and film scores. Read less
Browse 1-11 of 11 Available Recordings
  • 1.
    Say: Complete Violin Works / Eichhorn, Say, Eschenbach, Deutsche Radio Phil
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8574085 Release Date: 08/14/2020   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Fazil Say
    Performer:  Fazil Say,  Friedemann Eichhorn
    Conductor:  Christoph Eschenbach
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  German Radio Philharmonic Orchestra
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    Can Cakmur: Hamamatsu International Piano Competition 2018
    Label: Bis   Catalog: 2430 Release Date: 04/05/2019   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Liszt,  Franz Schubert,  Franz Joseph Haydn,  Fazil Say  ... 
    Performer:  Can Çakmur
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  • 3.
    4 Cities / Say, Altstaedt
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 559845 Release Date: 03/24/2017   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Fazil Say,  Claude Debussy,  Leos Janácek,  Dmitri Shostakovich
    Performer:  Fazil Say,  Nicolas Alstaedt
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    Oriental Trumpet Concertos / Boldoczki, Dybal, Cracow Sinfonietta
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 88985361092 Release Date: 10/28/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Krzysztof Penderecki,  Aram Khachaturian,  Fazil Say,  Alexander Arutiunian
    Performer:  Gábor Boldoczki
    Conductor:  Jurek Dybal
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cracow Sinfonietta
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    Soaring Solo / Sant'Ambrogio
    Label: Msr   Catalog: 1627 Release Date: 08/09/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Grazyna Bacewicz,  Ernst Toch,  Alessandro Rolla,  Georg Philipp Telemann  ... 
    Performer:  Stephanie Sant'Ambrogio
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    Fusion
    Label: Blue Griffin   Catalog: 361 Release Date: 06/02/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Chick Corea,  Claudio Dauelsberg,  Fisher Tull,  Nikolai Kapustin  ... 
    Performer:  Richard Steinbach
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  • 7.
    Memories Lost / Chen Sa
    Label: Bis   Catalog: 1974 Release Date: 03/10/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Fazil Say,  Wang Xilin,  Julian Yu,  Qigang Chen  ... 
    Performer:  Sa Chen
    Conductor:  Yiu-Kwong Chung
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Taipei Chinese Orchestra
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  • 8.
    Free Fall - Works For Cello & Piano / Wassily & Nicolai Gerassimez
    Label: Genuin Classics   Catalog: 14304 Release Date: 01/28/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Felix Mendelssohn,  Dmitri Shostakovich,  Wassily Gerassimez,  Fazil Say
    Performer:  Wassily Gerassimez,  Nicolai Gerassimez
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    Fazil Say: Symphonies Nos. 2 & 3 / Gurer Aykal, Borusan Istanbul Philharmonic Orchestra
    Label: Naive   Catalog: 5346 Release Date: 10/29/2013   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Fazil Say
    Performer:  Çaatay Akyol,  Bülent Evcil,  Carolina Eyck,  Aykut Köselerli  ... 
    Conductor:  Gürer Aykal
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Borusan Istanbul Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 10.
    Say: 1001 Nights In The Harem, Etc / Axelrod, Kopatchinskaya, Et Al
    Label: Naive   Catalog: 5147 Release Date: 03/31/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Fazil Say
    Performer:  Fazil Say,  Patricia Kopatchinskaya,  Burcu Soysev,  Aykut Koselerli  ... 
    Conductor:  John Axelrod
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  AML Lucerne Symphony Orchestra
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  • 11.
    Fazil Say - Alla Turca
    Label: Arthaus Musik   Catalog: 101443 Release Date: 05/27/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Fazil Say
    Performer:  Fazil Say
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