Please help improve it by replacing them with more appropriate citations to reliable, independent, third-party sources. He was a child prodigy, who was able to do basic arithmetic with 4-digit numbers at the age of two. At the age of three, Say started his piano lessons under the tutelage of pianist Mithat Fenmen. It was followed, in this early phase of his development, by several chamber works without an opus number, including Schwarze Hymnen for violin and piano and a guitar concerto.
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Concerts with this artist are something different. They are more direct, more open, more exciting; in short, they go straight to the heart. Which is exactly what the composer Aribert Reimann thought in when, during a visit to Ankara, he had the opportunity, more or less by chance, to appreciate the playing of the sixteen-year-old pianist.
Perhaps sensing just how talented his pupil was, Fenmen asked the boy to improvise every day on themes to do with his daily life before going on to complete his essential piano exercises and studies. His oeuvre includes four symphonies, two oratorios, various solo concertos and numerous works for piano and chamber music. In addition, he regularly attended master classes with Menahem Pressler. His outstanding technique very quickly enabled him to master the so-called warhorses of the repertoire with masterful ease.
It is precisely this blend of refinement in Bach, Haydn and Mozart and virtuoso brilliance in the works of Liszt, Mussorgsky and Beethoven that gained him victory at the Young Concert Artists international competition in New York in Since then he has played with all of the renowned American and European orchestras and numerous leading conductors, building up a multifaceted repertoire ranging from Bach, through the Viennese Classics Haydn, Mozart and Beethoven and the Romantics, right up to contemporary music, including his own piano compositions.
He also performs chamber music regularly: for many years he was part of a fantastic duo with the violinist Patricia Kopatchinskaja. In he was artist in residence at the Bodenseefestival, where he played 14 concerts. In the autumn of , he was awarded the Music Prize of the city of Duisburg.
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