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"Young Artist of the Year": Weimar piano student Can Çakmur's new solo CD receives international acclaim

"Young Artist of the Year": Weimar piano student Can Çakmur's new solo CD receives international acclaim

For his new solo CD, Weimar piano student Can Çakmur was named "Young Artist of the Year" by the ICMA, which presents the "International Classical Music Award" each year. The so-called SACD (Super Audio CD) released in 2020 on the BIS label features Franz Schubert's complete "Schwanengesang" song cycle as arranged by Franz Liszt.

In addition to this, Çakmur, who studies in the piano class of Prof. Grigory Gruzman at the University of Music FRANZ LISZT Weimar, has recorded Liszt's "Quatre Valses oubliées" for his second solo CD.

In addition to the ICMA prize, the new CD by the 23-year-old Turkish-born composer has received glowing reviews in international music magazines. The recording was recently awarded the prestigious "Diapason d'Or" in France, reviewed with top scores in the magazines "Piano News" and "Crescendo" and received an enthusiastic review in the British "Gramophone Magazine".

In addition, International Piano Magazine (UK) named the SACD "Recording of the month." Çakmur's debut CD with works by Haydn, Beethoven, Schubert, Bartók and Fazil Say, released in 2018 on "BIS Records", had already won the ICMA Award 2019 as "Solo Recording of the Year".

Can Çakmur's pianistic arts also extend to chamber music. Thus, at the invitation of his fellow student Friedrich Thiele (violoncello), he participated in the 4th Raderberg Concert "Heftige Romantik", which was recorded by Deutschlandfunk at the Goethe National Museum in mid-January.

Together with the students of the University of Music in Weimar Stefan Zientek (violin), Nikita Geller (violin), Neasa Ní Bhriain (viola) and Friedrich Thiele (violoncello) Çakmur interpreted duos, trios and a quintet by Schubert, Brahms, Dutilleux and Rachmaninov.

The concert (with moderation) lasts about 90 minutes and has been broadcasted on Deutschlandfunk on February 7. The broadcast has attracted around 80,000 listeners nationwide. It can be listened to online at the following link: https://www.deutschlandfunk.de/4-raderbergkonzert-2020-21-heftige-romantik.1988.de.html?dram:article_id=487702 

Can Çakmur has won 1st prizes at the 10th Hamamatsu International Piano Competition 2018 (Japan) and the Scottish International Piano Competition 2017 (UK). The Turkish pianist has performed in concert halls such as the Usher Hall in Edinburgh, the Salle Cortot in Paris, the Muziekgebouw Eindhoven, the Lithuanian Philharmonic Hall, the ACT City Hamamatsu and the Fazioli Hall (Sacile) as well as in the most important concert halls in his home country.

He has also made guest appearances at prestigious classical music festivals such as the 2015 Istanbul Music Festival and the D-Marin International Classical Music Festival (Bodrum).

Born in Ankara in 1997, Çakmur began his musical education with Leyla Bekensir and Ayşe Kaptan. In 2012, he was accepted at the Schola Cantorum in Paris, where he studied with Marcella Crudeli and received his Diplôme de virtuosité with highest honors in 2014.

Since 2015, Can Çakmur has been studying with Grigory Gruzman at the University of Music FRANZ LISZT Weimar and working privately with Diane Andersen in Belgium. Can Çakmur is a scholarship holder of the International Music Academy in Liechtenstein. 

For more information: www.cancakmur.com