A native of Turkey, Fahir Atakoglu is an international award winning composer and pianist well known in the fields of large symphonic works and film music. His works have been performed in various music festivals in Europe and The United States to critical acclaim, and he is considered one of the most outstanding pianists and composers in the world today.
“Pianist Fahir Atakoglu brings an assertive and exotic approach to the piano” --- All About Jazz
Since 1986, Fahir has composed jingles, documentary and film music for many national and international productions. For his work in film composition Fahir won first prize for Documentary Music Composition at the Milano Film Festival, and won “The Best Song Award” from The Mega Channel in Greece.
Also an accomplished solo artist, Fahir has released 14 albums since his solo debut in 1994, and he maintains an intense touring schedule, including his recent sold out shows at the world renowned Kodak Theatre in Los Angeles, and Carnegie Hall in New York City, proving his worldwide appeal.
Fahir’s 2005 release, was a Jazz CD entitled, “If”, with legendary Bass Player Anthony Jackson (Paul Simon, Eye Witness, Michel Camilo,) and acclaimed Drummer Horacio “El Negro” Hernandez (McCoy Tyner, Michel Camilo, Carlos Santana). Fahir’s virtuosity can be further demonstrated with the music that he composed for the Istanbul National Ballet’s performance of “East Side Story”’
Later in 2007 “Istanbul in Blue,” , was released featuring Bob Franceschini, Horacio “El Negro” Hernandez, Anthony Jackson, Wayne Krantz and Mike Stern, in which he takes the listener through a deep exploration of his unique rhythmic melodies and harmonies.The album had already reached #1 , twice! And in US Radio World Music Chart it went up to top 20 in US Radio Jazz Chart.
As a followup to his hard-hitting fusion offering, 2008’s Istanbul in Blue (a guitar-intensive project that featured the dazzling six-string work of Mike Stern and Wayne Krantz), the accomplished Turkish-born pianist-composer-arranger Fahir Atakoglu casts a wide stylistic net on Faces and Places, deftly incorporating musical elements from Spain, Brazil, the Middle East and New York City into the compelling mix,with an all star band featuring, John Patitucci(bass), Randy Brecker(Trumpet),Bob Mintzer (sax),Horacio El Negro Hernandez(Drums),Rogerio Bocatto(Perc.) ,Romero Lubambo(Guitar) Rene Toledo(Flamenco Guitar),Wayne Krantz(E.Guitar)
Fahir Atakoglu continues to showcase his talent for blending music from different cultures in sold out live performances and on recordings. Fahir’s compositions speak with striking originality, and always remain connected to the culture of his motherland.
While putting the finishing touches on his upcoming album, Fahir is preparing for a worldwide tour in support of FACES & PLACES
“Undeniably skillful and unique” --- Jazz Times