Attila Özdemiroğlu

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Attila Özdemiroğlu
Born (1943-01-05)5 January 1943
Ankara, Turkey
Died 20 April 2016(2016-04-20) (aged 73)
Occupation(s) Composer and arranger

Attila Özdemiroğlu (5 January 1943 – 20 April 2016) was a Turkish composer and arranger. He was best known for his award winning film scores in the 1970s and 1980s.


Born on 5 January 1943 in Ankara, Özdemiroğlu got interested in playing music already in his early years. At his age of eight, he took private lessons on violin. Learning to play many music instruments such as flute, vibraphone, double bass and trombone, he participated at music events during his high school and university years.[1][2]

In 1966, he moved to Istanbul and joined the music band "Durul Gence 5". Later, Özdemiroğlu played in several other music groups and also for Turkish pop stars like Ajda Pekkan, Nilüfer, Kayahan and Sezen Aksu. One of his compositions, Pet'r Oil, was selected for Turkey's entry in the Eurovision Song Contest 1980, where he conducted the orchestra himself.[3] Özdemiroğlu was awarded five times for his film scores at the Antalya Golden Orange Film Festival[4] and twice at the Adana Golden Boll Film Festival.[1][2]

Outside of his career as a musician, Attila was one of the co-founders of the first Internet Service Provider in Turkey together with Riza Nur Pacalioglu and Tony Yustein.[2]

Personal life[edit]

Atilla Özdemiroğlu married four times. He made his first marriage with Ayla at his age of 19. From this marriage that lasted eleven years, he has a daughter, Yaprak Özdemiroğlu, who became a film actress, and a son, Sarp Özdemiroğlu, who is also a composer and arranger. His marriage with Füsun Önal, a renowned pop singer, ended after only 1.5 years. He married then ballerina Lale Mansur, now film actress. After six years with her, he became an item with Müjde Ar, a famous film actress, which lasted 15 years. Since 1995, He is married to Hepgül Hepbir. Atilla Özdemiroğlu and his 31 years younger wife have together twin daughters, Lara and Lidya.[1]

Atilla Özdemiroğlu died at age 73 on 20 April 2016 in Istanbul. He was suffering from lung cancer, and was hospitalized due to an injury resulting from a fall at home. He was interred in the Zincirlikuyu Cemetery following the religious service at Levent Mosque.[1][2][5]

Incidental music works[edit]

Özdemiroğlu created the following incidental music works:[1]

Musical theatre
  • Yedi Kocalı Hürmüz
  • Beyoğlu, Beyoğlu (1984)
  • Fosforlu Cevriye (2008)
  • Adı Vasfiye (1985)
  • Züğürt Ağa (1985)
  • Afife Jale (1987)
  • Muhsin Bey (1987)
  • Gece Yolculuğu (1988)
  • Kaçamak (1988)
  • Arabesk (1989)
  • Aşk Filmlerinin Unutulmaz Yönetmeni (1990)
  • Robert's Movie (1991)
  • Akrebin Yolculuğu (1997)
  • Ağır Roman (1997)
  • Gönderilmemiş Mektuplar (2003)
  • Kalbin Zamanı (2004)
  • Kilit (2007)

Turkey's selection for Eurovision Song Contest[edit]

His following songs were selected to contest for Turkey at the Eurovision Song Contest:[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e f "Sevenleri Attila Özdemiroğlu'na koştu". Hürriyet (in Turkish). 2016-04-21. Retrieved 2016-04-22. ]]
  2. ^ a b c d "Attila Özdemiroğlu passes away". Cihan News Agency. 2016-04-20. Retrieved 2016-04-22. 
  3. ^ "Atilla Özdemiroğlu". And the conductor is ... 
  4. ^ "Atilla Özdemiroğlu" (in Turkish). Türklider. 
  5. ^ "Attila Özdemiroğlu son yolculuğuna uğurlandı". Birgün (in Turkish). 2016-04-21. Retrieved 2016-04-22. 
Preceded by
Yılmaz Duru
Golden Orange Award
for Best Music Score

with Şanar Yurdatapan
for Arkadaş
Succeeded by
Melih Kibar
Preceded by
Tarık Öcal
Golden Orange Award
for Best Music Score

for Kurbağalar and Züğürt Ağa
for Muhsin Bey
for Gece Yolculuğu and Kaçamak
Succeeded by
Selim Atakan
Preceded by
Selim Atakan
Golden Orange Award
for Best Music Score

for Aşk Filmlerinin Unutulmaz Yönetmeni
Succeeded by
Cahit Berkay
Preceded by
Can Hakgüder
Golden Boll Award
for Best Music Score

for Akrebin Yolculuğu
Succeeded by
not held
Preceded by
not held
Golden Boll Award
for Best Music Score

for Eğreti Gelin
Succeeded by
Taner Onat
Serkan Sönmezocak