Can Çakmur – Pianist

Our sincere congratulations to our YMWS-Scholar of 4 years Can Çakmur, for winning First Prize at the Scottish International Piano Competition 2017, in Glasgow.

Can Çakmur, born in 1997, was selected in 2013 as a scholar for the “Young Musicians on World Stages” Project, initiated and mentored by Güher & Süher Pekinel, with the financial support of Tüpraş. Çakmur was accepted to the “International Mendelssohn Academy” in Leipzig and the “Pianale Junior Academy” in Schlitz in the same year.

In 2015 Çakmur successfully passed the entrance exam of the “Hochschule für Musik Franz Liszt Weimar” with the jury’s highest score, and continued his music studies with renowned pianist Grigory Gruzmann as well as Emre Şen in Turkey and Prof. Diane Andersen in Belgium.

After being a finalist at “Les Recontres Internationales Jeunes Pianistes” competition in 2010, Çakmur participated at the master classes of Prof. Diane Andersen. Since then, has taken part at the master classes of Prof. Grigory Gruzman, Prof. Justas Dvarionas, Prof. Alan Weiss and Prof. Arie Vardi. The young pianist was accepted to “Schola Cantorum” 2012 where he worked with Prof. Marcella Crudeli and received the “Diplôme de Virtuosite” 2014.

After being a finalist at “Les Recontres Internationales Jeunes Pianistes” competition in 2010, Çakmur participated at the master classes of Prof. Diane Andersen. Since then, has taken part at the master classes of Prof. Grigory Gruzman, Prof. Justas Dvarionas, Prof. Alan Weiss and Prof. Arie Vardi. The young pianist was accepted to “Schola Cantorum” 2012 where he worked with Prof. Marcella Crudeli and received the “Diplôme de Virtuosite” 2014.

At the “International Rome Piano Competition” 2012 Çakmur received the first prize of the Category A, at the “Kamuran Gündemir National Piano Competition (adult category)” 2013 he won the Second prize – First Prize not awarded – as well as the Special Prize for the “Best interpretation of a piece by a Turkish composer”. Can Çakmur was awarded 2014 with a scholarship at the “Pianale Junior” Series for season 2014 and 2015 and won the EMCY-Prize. In the same year Çakmur received the Donizetti Classical Music Award in the category of “Young Musician of the Year”. Furthermore the young pianist was the Award winner of two special prizes for “The best performance of a romantic and a classical piece” at the “X. International Balys Dvarionas Competition for Young Pianists Competition 2016”  in Lithuania.

In 2015, Can Çakmur headlined the Istanbul Music Festival’s opening concert, playing Shostakovich’s “piano concerto in F minor” featuring the Borusan Istanbul Philharmonic Orchestra and performed at the “32nd International Ankara Music Festival”. He played with fellow YMWS scholars at the Boğaziçi Albert Long Hall, the Notre Dame de Sion Concert Hall, the Süreyya Opera, the Cemal Reşit Rey Concert Hall and with the students of the “Weimar Musikhochschule” for “Dies Academicus” Schönberg’s “Pierrot Lunaire Op. 21” in Weimar/Germany.  

Additionally, to this date Çakmur has given various concerts at the Mozarthaus Ankara, the Izmir Adnan Saygun Hall and the Erimtan Museum, as well as at the “11th D-Marin International Classical Music Festival” and a recital at the 60. Anniversary event of the Middle East Technical University in Ankara.

In Europe, Çakmur has played in Ruïnekerk-Bergen, Muziekgebouw – Eindhoven and Dorpskerk Castricum-Holland, Teatro di Marcello-Rome, Kunststation Kleinsassen Fulda and Weimar. The young pianist played further concerts in Kassel/Germany and Rome/Italy and at Steve Reich’s “Music for 18 Musicians” with the “New Music Ensemble Weimer” in 2016.

His concerts are frequently recorded by TRT 3 Radio Turkey. Çakmur has been writing on Classical Music for Andante Music Magazine since 2015. Çakmur plays on a Yamaha C3X Grand Piano, which was provided by the generosity of the YMWS project.

On September 10, 2017 Can Çakmur won First Prize at the Scottish International Piano Competition in Glasgow. As a member of The World Federation of International Music Competitions,  the Scottish International Piano Competition is well known since its establishment in 1986 amongst Europe’s most prestigious piano competitions.