Can Çakmur, piano
February 22, 2020 - 7:45 pm

Can Çakmur (pronounced: Djahn Tchakmur) was born in 1997 in Turkey. He won First Prize and the Chamber Music Award at the 10th Hamamatsu International Piano Competition in Japan in 2018 and the Scottish International Piano International Competition 2017. He studied in Turkey, and then at La Schola Cantorum in Paris and at the Liszt Academy in Weimar. He receives a scholarship from the International Academy of Music in Liechtenstein and participates regularly in the intensive music weeks and activities offered by the Academy.

Ludwig van Beethoven - Polonaise in C Major, Op. 89
Ludwig van Beethoven/Franz Liszt - An die ferne Geliebte, S. 469
Ludwig van Beethoven - Sonata in E Major, Op. 109
Franz Liszt - Valleé d’Obermann from Années de Pèlerinage: Suisse, S. 161
Franz Liszt - Ballade in D flat Major, No. 1 S. 170
César Franck - Prélude, Chorale et Fugue, FWV. 21

The Scottish Competition contest's clear and deserving winner, however, was Ankara-born Can Çakmur, who dared to be simple in Beethoven's lyrical Fourth Piano Concerto, and to let the music speak for itself, in a wonderfully luminous, graceful account that felt entirely sincere and heartfelt. His touchingly low-key post-results-announcement encore of the second movement from Schumann's Scone Piano Sonata only confirmed his disarmingly unaffected, very special talents, at once naive and highly sophisticated.’’
The Scotsman

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