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Artist-in-Residence: Fazıl Say

Artist-in-Residence Events: Fazıl Say

• Fazıl Say: Music & Culture in Turkey •
Turkish pianist and composer Fazıl Say speaks with Erdağ Göknar, Director of the Duke Middle East Studies Center, about music and culture in Turkey, and the intersection of Western and Ottoman classical music in his own work. Say and Göknar are joined by Eren Gümrükçüoglu, Turkish Ph.D. candidate in composition at Duke. Say performs the evening prior at Baldwin Auditorium.

Monday, February 29, 7 PM – 8:15 PM
Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University, 2001 Campus Drive, Durham
Free & open to the public. A light reception will follow the conversation in the Nasher Museum’s atrium.

• Chamber Music Master Class with Fazıl Say •
Pianist Fazil Say will lead and perform in a chamber music master class with Duke student musicians in Nelson Music Room.

Shostakovich: Piano Trio No. 2 in E Minor, op. 67
Schubert: Piano Quintet in A Major, D. 667 (“The Trout”)
Beethoven: Sonata for Piano and Violin No. 9 in A Major, op. 47 (“Kreutzer”)

Tuesday, March 1, 8 PM – 9:30 PM
Nelson Music Room, East Duke Building, Duke East Campus, Durham
Free & open to the public.


Born and raised in Ankara, pianist and composer Fazıl Say is one of the most distinctive artists to emerge from Turkey in the last twenty years. His works blend folk traditions from his homeland with elements of Western classical music. Say’s musical vocabulary, like the geography of his native country, is situated between Europe and Asia. Le Figaro raves, “Say is not merely a pianist of genius; undoubtedly he will be one of the greatest artists of the twenty-first century.”

  • Mon, Feb 29, 2016 at 7:00pm