Deniz Türkmen

Deniz Türkmen knows how to make a concert colorful

Hong Kong, Bangkok, London, Singapore, Macau, Dubai, Paris, New York, Shenzhen and Kuala Lumpur are few of several places where the virtuoso Deniz Türkmen enchanted the listeners. The German-Turkish pianist and composer is now one of the absolute exceptional talents in the world.
His concerts are very versatile and always include different composers from the classical period, songs of different nations he has arranged for the piano, as cherry on the cream cake some own compositions.

Many of his own works reflect his mysterious personality, as he always leaves a lot of room for interpretation, which makes it interestingly difficult for the audience to gain an insight into the deepest sanctum of his inner world.
Being part of his audience is like going away on a trip to another planet – many people might think of an LSD trip when they read that, but music itself is regarded as a ‘drug’ by many individuals, as it is something magical that connects human beings, which Deniz Türkmen does with his repertoire in an outstanding way.
In fact, this ‘drug’ is the earth – his home – for the virtuoso and the “earth has its music for those who will listen”, as George Santayana once said.

Part I
From Bach to Prokofiev, the exceptional talent has a challenging repertoire that he always shows in his concerts. Deniz Türkmen also differs from other concert pianists in bringing less known composers such as Guillaume Lekeu to the program, a composer who died at just 24, but a composer far more demanding than Schubert or Beethoven.
Also popular are his Chopin interpretations. He become well-known as the “Young Chopin” among piano lovers. So much sensitivity and laxity make his way of playing Chopin unique and marvelous.

Part II
Songs like ‘Kalinka’ or ‘Hava Nagila’ have already been arranged by so many concert pianists, but the arrangements of Deniz Türkmen are pieces to break the fingers, which can count as a competitive sport. A lot of flexibility and perseverance are required in his arrangements to master these.
He has also arranged songs of Turkish art music, which are rich in beauty and elegance. The song ‘Sari Gelin’ evolves from pianissimo in C minor to fortissimo in E minor and is truly one of the greatest arrangements in the piano history. An arrangement that blows at the beginning like a spring wind, but later suddenly explodes like a volcano. Only a master can arrange with such a fire.

Part III
‘Poems’ is the latest composition by Deniz Türkmen. Various thundering and stormy pieces that reach the limits of the possible, but at the same time pieces with romantic and profound passages that lead one into a completely different world.
Such majestic, diabolical and thoughtful compositions the world has never heard before, these works are a treasure chest of music.

Part IV
Even with the encores Deniz Türkmen knows no limit. One encore after the other. The master pianist plays with great tenderness and all harshness if need be.
He gives the impression that he could play the concert again. The passionate marathon runner simply knows no exhaustion.

Deniz Türkmen, a musician with so many colors on the palette. His naturalness on the piano is always remarkable. May this genius continue to enchant this world with beautiful music.

Big present for The CosmoPolite! Thank you maestro Deniz!

The multitalented German-Turkish pianist and composer Deniz Türkmen dedicated his gigantic etude for piano and orchestra to The CosmoPolite after he was awarded with the PoliteAward by the jury – thanks a lot!

Review: Deniz Türkmen is one of the greatest virtuosos of our time, a multitalented ambitious young man, a creator of a new music, a maestro who is on the way to be a composer like Chopin and Liszt – musicians will play his compositions even in thousand years!

 

About Deniz Türkmen

Deniz Türkmen (born 8 October 1991) is a German-Turkish pianist and composer.

Early life
Türkmen was born in Oberhausen, Germany. His mother Gülay Türkmen (cook) and father Celal Türkmen (quality control inspector) worked both at Siemens, they are now retired. The brother Cagdas Türkmen is a neuropsychologist. Deniz Türkmen began playing piano at the age of eleven and learned very fast. At the age of twelve, he gave his first public recital with works by Bach and Mozart.

Education
He studied first under the church musician Paul Brenninkmeyer who awarded him as his best student ever. Later he studied under the great virtuoso Peter Feuchtwanger.

Career
After his debut in the concert hall of Mülheim an der Ruhr, Deniz Türkmen had stations in Germany, Netherlands, Belgium, Denmark, United Kingdom, Poland, Czech Republic, Austria, Italy, Slovenia, Hungary, Croatia, Serbia, Macedonia, Bulgaria, Greece and Turkey.

He now teaches his students and performs with concerts, projects and seminars, especially in America, Europe and Asia.

In his concerts he performs mostly with own works, but sometimes also with works by Beethoven, Schubert, Chopin, Liszt, Rachmaninoff and Scriabin for example. In the projects he works with his global acting group GOLDEN BULWARK on new compositions. The seminars are about natural piano playing with the method of research.

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