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 1-23 of 23 Available Recordings
  • 1.
    Beethoven: Piano Concerto No.3, Piano Sonatas Op.111 / Say, Noseda, Frankfurt Radio Symphony
    Label: Naive   Catalog: 5347 Release Date: 03/25/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Fazil Say
    Conductor:  Gianandrea Noseda
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra
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  • 2.
    Pictures - Mussorgsky, Prokofiev, Janacek; Kopatchinskaja/Say / Fazil Say
    Label: Naive   Catalog: 40036 Release Date: 02/25/2014   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Leos Janácek,  Sergei Prokofiev,  Modest Mussorgsky,  Ludwig van Beethoven  ... 
    Performer:  Fazil Say,  Patricia Kopatchinskaya
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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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    In Search of the Miraculous / Hilliard Ensemble, Louth Contemporary Music Society
    Label: Louth Contemporary Music   Catalog: 1301 Release Date: 10/08/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Siobhán Cleary,  Fazil Say,  Vache Sharafyan,  John Surman  ... 
    Performer:  Elisaveta Blumina,  Fazil Say,  John Surman,  John Feeley  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hilliard Ensemble,  EQ Ensemble
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  • 5.
    Fazil Say: Pictures
    Label: Naive   Catalog: 5199 Release Date: 10/25/2011   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Leos Janácek,  Sergei Prokofiev,  Modest Mussorgsky
    Performer:  Fazil Say
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  • 6.
    Mozart, Haydn, Beethoven / Fazil Say
    Label: Naive   Catalog: 5210 Release Date: 11/17/2009   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Franz Joseph Haydn,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Fazil Say
    Conductor:  Howard Griffiths
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Zurich Chamber Orchestra
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  • 7.
    Esprit - Zen
    Label: Naive   Catalog: 5171 Release Date: 05/26/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Antonio Vivaldi,  Franz Schubert,  Claude Debussy  ... 
    Performer:  Hopkinson Smith,  Sara Mingardo,  Rolf Lislevand,  Philippe Jaroussky  ... 
    Conductor:  Jean-Christophe Spinosi,  Rinaldo Alessandrini,  Laurence Equilbey
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concerto Italiano,  Ensemble Kapsberger,  Accentus  ... 
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  • 8.
    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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    Beethoven, Ravel, Bartók, Say: Works For Violin And Piano / Kopatchinskaja, Say
    Label: Naive   Catalog: 5146 Release Date: 10/28/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Maurice Ravel,  Béla Bartók,  Fazil Say
    Performer:  Patricia Kopatchinskaya,  Fazil Say
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  • 10.
    Fazil Say: Black Earth
    Label: Naive   Catalog: 5153 Release Date: 10/28/2008   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Fazil Say
    Performer:  Fazil Say,  Laurent Korcia,  Volkan Orhon,  Emrah Kotan  ... 
    Conductor:  Muhai Tang,  Eliahu Inbal
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gulbenkian Foundation Symphony Orchestra Lisbon,  ORTF National Orchestra,  Kudsi Erguner Quartet
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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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  • 12.
    Instant Classics - Beethoven - Clair De Lune
    Label: Naive   Catalog: 5102 Release Date: 11/20/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Felix Mendelssohn,  Robert Schumann,  Johannes Brahms,  Franz Liszt  ... 
    Performer:  Danielle Laval,  Jénö Jandó,  Laurent Cabasso,  Philippe Cassard  ... 
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    Classique & Zen
    Label: Naive   Catalog: 5097 Release Date: 08/28/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Antonio Vivaldi,  Franz Schubert,  Claude Debussy  ... 
    Performer:  Wolfgang Meyer,  Philippe Jaroussky,  Anne Gastinel,  Claire Désert  ... 
    Conductor:  Jean-Christophe Spinosi,  Rolf Lislevand,  Howard Griffiths,  Rinaldo Alessandrini
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Mosaďques String Quartet,  Matheus Ensemble,  Ensemble Kapsberger
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  • 14.
    Fazil Say Plays Bach, Tchaikovsky, Liszt, Stravinsky & Gershwin
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 4699708 Release Date: 08/27/2007   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Franz Liszt,  George Gershwin,  Igor Stravinsky  ... 
    Performer:  Fazil Say,  Stanley Drucker,  Albert Regni,  James Saporito  ... 
    Conductor:  Yuri Temirkanov,  Kurt Masur
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  St. Petersburg Philharmonia,  New York Philharmonic
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    Haydn: Piano Sonatas / Fazil Say
    Label: Naive   Catalog: 5070 Release Date: 03/27/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Joseph Haydn
    Performer:  Fazil Say
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    Melancolie
    Label: Naive   Catalog: 5036 Release Date: 02/21/2006   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Robert Schumann,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Philip Glass,  Franz Liszt  ... 
    Performer:  Laurent Cabasso,  Lina Mkrtchyan,  Evgeni Talisman,  Adele Anthony  ... 
    Conductor:  Takuo Yuasa,  Laurence Equilbey,  Rinaldo Alessandrini,  Jorma Panula  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ulster Orchestra,  Accentus,  Concerto Italiano  ... 
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    Beethoven: Appassionata, Waldstein, Tempest / Fazil Say
    Label: Naive   Catalog: 5016 Release Date: 10/18/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Fazil Say
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    Mozart: Piano Concertos No 12, 21 & 23 / Fazil Say
    Label: Naive   Catalog: 4992 Release Date: 01/18/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Fazil Say
    Conductor:  Howard Griffiths
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Zurich Chamber Orchestra
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    Fazil Say: Black Earth
    Label: Naive   Catalog: 4954 Release Date: 01/20/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Fazil Say
    Performer:  Laurent Korcia,  Fazil Say,  Emrah Kotan,  Volkan Orhon  ... 
    Conductor:  Eliahu Inbal,  Muhai Tang
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Kudsi Erguner Quartet,  ORTF National Orchestra,  Gulbenkian Foundation Chamber Orchestra Lisbon
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    Tchaikovsky: Piano Concerto No 1, Etc / Say, Temirkanov
    Label: Teldec   Catalog: 387009 Release Date: 10/23/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Liszt,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
    Performer:  Fazil Say
    Conductor:  Yuri Temirkanov
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  St. Petersburg Philharmonia
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    Stravinsky: Le Sacre Du Printemps (4 Hand Piano)/ Fazil Say
    Label: Teldec   Catalog: 381041 Release Date: 03/06/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Igor Stravinsky
    Performer:  Fazil Say
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  • 22.
    Gershwin: Porgy And Bess Arrangements, Etc /Fazil Say, Et Al
    Label: Teldec   Catalog: 426202 Release Date: 04/25/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Gershwin
    Performer:  Fazil Say,  James Saporito,  Joe Pereira,  William Blossom  ... 
    Conductor:  Kurt Masur
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  New York Philharmonic
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  • 23.
    Bach / Fazil Say
    Label: Atlantic   Catalog: 426124 Release Date: 04/13/1999   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Franz Liszt
    Performer:  Fazil Say
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