Saturday 6 May 1989


Born: July 2nd, 1946, Istanbul (Turkey)
Died: November 6th, 2020, Istanbul (Turkey)
Nationality: Turkish

In due course, the short impression below will be replaced with a more extensive career overview


Born the son of neo-classical composer Münir Nurettin Selçuk, Timur Selçuk was destined for a career in music. He learnt to play the piano as a child and studied at the Istanbul Municipality Conservatory as well as the École Normale de Musique in Paris. Back in Turkey, Selçuk became a popular singer-songwriter, recording politically critical songs which were popular in certain circles in Turkey. He composed the music to films and theatre performances. In 1994 and 2003, he won awards for his music scores to Turkish movies. Selçuk is the founder and conductor of the Istanbul Chamber Orchestra


Timur Selçuk conducted the orchestra for the first Turkish entry to the Eurovision Song Contest (‘Seninle bir dakika’ by Semiha Yankı), which had been recorded in Paris with the orchestra of  Tony Rallo. In 1989, Selçuk returned to the contest as the composer, lyricist, and arranger of the Turkish entry, ‘Bana bana’ by Pan, a vocal quartet which included his daughter Hazal. This song, with clear references to traditional Turkish music in the orchestration, was conducted in a most spectacular way by Selçuk. This Turkish effort was received to an impressive applause by the Swiss audience.


Country – Turkey
Song title – “Seninle bir dakika”
Rendition – Semiha Yankı
Lyrics – Hikmet Munir Ebcioğlu
Composition – Kemal Ebcioğlu
Studio arrangement – Timur Selçuk
(studio orchestra conducted by Tony Rallo)
Live orchestration – Timur Selçuk
Conductor – Timur Selçuk
Score – 19th place (3 votes)

Country – Turkey
Song title – “Bana bana”
Rendition – Pan 
(Arzu Ece / Hazal Selçuk / Vedat Sakman / Sarper Semiz)
Lyrics – Timur Selçuk
Composition – Timur Selçuk
Studio arrangement – Timur Selçuk
Live orchestration – Timur Selçuk
Conductor – Timur Selçuk
Score – 21st place (5 votes)


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