Hikmet Şimşek

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Hikmet Şimşek (1924, Pervari – October 12, 2001, Ankara) was a Turkish conductor of Western classical music.

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His father was an officer. He was born in Pervari (of Siirt Province). But the family soon moved to Konya. In 1936, he attended to military junior high school. He continued his military training in Ankara. But in 1946, before completing military education, he transferred to Ankara conservatoire where he was trained under Eduard Zuckmayer, Ferit Alnar and Adnan Saygun. In 1953, he graduated from the conservatoire with honors. [1] He married to painter Nihal Şimşek.

Pervari Place in Siirt, Turkey

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Siirt Province Province of Turkey in Southeast Anatolia

Siirt Province, is a province of Turkey, located in the southeast. The province borders Bitlis to the north, Batman to the west, Mardin to the southwest, Şırnak to the south, and Van to the east. It has an area of 5,406 km² and a total population of 300,695. The provincial capital is the city of Siirt. The majority of the province's population is Kurdish.

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He began teaching in the conservatoire and after 1959 he was appointed as the assistant conductor of the Presidential Symphony Orchestra (CSO) of Turkey. [2] He kept this position up to 1986. [3] He became one of the most popular classic music men: Because he worked hard to publicize classical music by radio programs of Turkish Radio and Television Corporation (TRT) on Sundays. In these programs, before playing he lectured on the compositions. [2] He also introduced Turkish composers via foreign language services of TRT. In 1981 he received the honorary title of state artist of Turkey. In the 1980s, he released a number of albums with compositions from Turkey.

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State Artist is an honorary title granted to prominent artists by the government of Turkey for their contributions to the Turkish culture. It was established in 1971 by the President of Turkey and the Minister of Culture and Tourism.

He also took part in the formation of three new conservatoires in Turkey, namely those of İzmir, Bursa and Çukurova conservatoires.


He died on 12 October 2001 in Ankara military hospital where he was taken due to brain tumor. [1]

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  1. 1 2 Hürriyet newspaper (in Turkish)
  2. 1 2 Biography page (in Turkish)
  3. CSO page Archived 2013-03-10 at the Wayback Machine .