About Fazil Say
Turkish composer/pianist Fazil Say was a math and music prodigy, who began lessons at age 3 with noted musician Mithat Fenmen and at age 14 wrote his first piano sonata.
∙ Say received global acclaim for his 1997 piano composition “Black Earth,” which drew comparisons to the work of John Cage.
∙ In 2000, he founded a jazz troupe that performed at the Montreux Jazz Festival, and he also appeared at the festival in 2005 with Bobby McFerrin.
∙ A versatile composer, he wrote his first violin concerto, 1001 Nights in the Harem, Op. 25, in 2007 and premiered his first symphony, Istanbul Symphony, in 2010.
∙ He has won multiple Echo Klassik Awards—a European honor recognizing excellence in classical music—including the Best Chamber Music category in 2009.
∙ The International Beethoven Prize for Human Rights, Peace, Freedom, Poverty Reduction and Inclusion was awarded to Say in 2016.