Timur Selçuk

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Timur Selçuk
Born (1946-07-02) July 2, 1946 (age 72)
Istanbul, Turkey
Nationality Turkish
Occupation Singer, conductor, composer

Timur Selçuk (born 2 July 1946, Istanbul) is a Turkish singer, pianist, conductor and composer.


He is a son of Turkish neo-classical music composer Münir Nurettin Selçuk and the elder brother of the jazz drummer and composer Selim Selçuk. His great-uncle was the Ottoman Grand Vizier Abdurrahman Nurettin Pasha. He started playing piano at the age of 5 and gave his first concert at age 7. He was educated in Galatasaray High School and Istanbul Municipal Conservatory.

Selçuk returned home after his study at the École Normale de Musique de Paris and became a pioneer of the political composers in Turkey. With his chansons, he repeatedly stormed the hit lists. He is the founder and the conductor of the Istanbul Chamber Orchestra. He composed a great number of music to films and theater works, and also to the poems of Nâzım Hikmet.

He twice participated in the Eurovision Song Contest; in 1975, he conducted the first ever Turkish entry, "Seninle Bir Dakika", that had been composed and arranged by others. 14 years later, in 1989, he returned as composer, lyricist, arranger and conductor for "Bana Bana", that was performed by the group Pan. One of the singers of the group was his daughter. The song finished 21st.

Selected discography[edit]

  • Timur Selçuk /3, Balet Plak, 1987
  • İspanyol Meyhanesi, Balet Plak, 1988
  • Bir Uzay Masalı Pop Opera, Balet Plak, 1991
  • 25. Yıl, Balet Plak, 1992
  • Seçkiler, Ada Müzik, 2000
  • Istanbul Oda Orkestrası, Balet Plak
  • Babamın Şarkıları, Balet Plak, 2003
  • Abdülhamit Düşerken, Balet Plak, 2004
  • Bedreddin / Timur Selçuk Tiyatro Müzikleri, Balet Plak, 2005


  • Eine Saison in Hakkari, (Turkey/Germany), 1982/1983 directed by Erden Kıral
  • Vatanyolu (Die Heimreise), (Germany), 1987/1988 by Enis Günay, Rasim Konyar
  • Mavi Sürgün (Das blaue Exil), (Turkey/Germany/Greece), 1992/1993 by Erden Kıral


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Preceded by
Vladimir Cosma
Golden Boll Award
for Best Music Score

for Mavi Sürgün
Succeeded by
not awarded
Preceded by
Mazlum Çimen
Golden Orange Award
for Best Music Score

for Abdülhamit Düşerken
Succeeded by
Erkan Oğur