Timur Selçuk

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Timur Selçuk
Born(1946-07-02)2 July 1946
Istanbul, Turkey
Died6 November 2020(2020-11-06) (aged 74)
Istanbul, Turkey
Resting place Zincirlikuyu Cemetery
OccupationSinger, conductor, composer

Timur Selçuk (2 July 1946 – 6 November 2020) [1] was a Turkish singer, pianist, conductor and composer.



He was a son of Turkish neo-classical music composer Münir Nurettin Selçuk and the elder brother of the jazz drummer and composer Selim Selçuk. His great-uncle was the Ottoman Grand Vizier Abdurrahman Nurettin Pasha. He started playing piano at the age of 5 and gave his first concert at age 7. He was educated in Galatasaray High School and Istanbul Municipal Conservatory.

Selçuk returned home after his study at the École Normale de Musique de Paris and became a pioneer of the political composers in Turkey. With his chansons, he repeatedly stormed the hit lists. He was the founder and the conductor of the Istanbul Chamber Orchestra. He composed a great number of music to films and theater works, and also to the poems of Nâzım Hikmet.

He twice participated in the Eurovision Song Contest; in 1975, he conducted the first ever Turkish entry, " Seninle Bir Dakika ", that had been composed and arranged by others. 14 years later, in 1989, he returned as composer, lyricist, arranger and conductor for " Bana Bana ", that was performed by the group Pan. One of the singers of the group was his daughter. The song finished 21st.


Timur Selçuk died in his sleep on 6 November 2020, in his daughter Mercan's house. [2] He was buried at Zincirlikuyu Cemetery the following day. [3]



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  1. "Piyanist, besteci ve yorumcu Timur Selçuk hayatını kaybetti". BBC News Türkçe (in Turkish). Retrieved 6 November 2020.
  2. "Timur Selçuk hayatını kaybetti". haberturk.com (in Turkish). 6 November 2020. Retrieved 8 November 2020.
  3. "Timur Selçuk'a veda… Son yolculuğuna uğurlandı". sozcu.com.tr (in Turkish). 7 November 2020. Retrieved 8 November 2020.
Preceded by Golden Boll Award
for Best Music Score

for Mavi Sürgün
Succeeded by
not awarded
Preceded by Golden Orange Award
for Best Music Score

for Abdülhamit Düşerken
Succeeded by