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Fazil Say

Turkish master plays Bach, Beethoven, and own work
Famous Pianists
Wed 7 May ’25 20:15 uur
Wed 7 May ’25
20:15 uur
  • Wed 7 May ’25
    20:15 uur
    Hertog Jan Hall
  • A drink is included in the price

'Composed music wants to emerge as an improvisation, and composing is already improvisation in itself,' Fazil Say explained in an interview. The Turkish master pianist is completely in his element with any kind of music-making. The former child prodigy, son of a novelist, describes himself as a storyteller in music. Interpreting Beethoven's strom-like 'Tempest', bringing Scarlatti's age-old purity to life, or playing his own music inspired by jazz, Stravinsky or Turkish folk music, "there is always a story fantasised by me that echoes in the background.

Fazıl Say (born in Ankara in 1970) has been captivating audiences and critics' hearts for over 25 years. Concerts with this artist are said to be 'different'. Open, direct, and exciting; he speaks directly to the heart. In his characteristic, accessible, and captivating style, Say has composed over 100 successful works. Alongside Busoni's monumental version of Bach's famous Chaconne for violin, and favorite repertoire from Beethoven and Scarlatti, tonight he will present - à la carte - a selection from them. "Say was all exuberance, using hands, arms, and head to indicate entries and his whole body to stimulate outbursts," an enthusiastic reviewer from The New York Times wrote.


Debussy - Préludes (selection)
Debussy - Clair de lune
Ravel - Miroirs (selection)
Mozart - Piano Sonata in A major, K 331
Say - Piano Sonata, Op. 99 "Yeni hayat"
Say - 4 Ballades
Say - Jazz Fantasie