Turkish pianist Can Çakmur (pronounced: Djahn Tchakmur) won first prize in the 10th Hamamatsu International Piano Competition in 2018 and the Scottish International Piano Competition in 2017. Çakmur has performed in concert halls such as the Usher Hall in Edinburgh, Salle Cortot in Paris, Eindhoven Muziekgebouw, Lithuanian Philharmonic Hall, ACT City Hamamatsu and Fazioli Hall (Sacile) as well as the most important concert halls in his homeland. He has also appeared at prestigious classical music festivals such as the 2015 Istanbul Music Festival, where he headlined the opening concert with the Borusan Istanbul Philharmonic Orchestra, and the D-Marin International Classical Music Festival (Bodrum). In 2014, at the age of 16, he was invited to play at the season opening concert of the Eskisehir Symphony Orchestra. He has performed with conductors such as Thomas Søndergård, Ken Takaseki, Gürer Aykal, Sascha Goetzel and Modestas Barkauskas. He has also played in cities such as Ordu and Tokat, where classical music is rarely heard, to spread classical music to a wider audience. As an avid writer and speaker, Çakmur has been writing monthly for the Andante classical music magazine since 2015 and moderates his own concerts.
Born in 1997 in Ankara, Çakmur began his music education with Leyla Bekensir and Ayşe Kaptan. His studies with Jun Kanno and Emre Şen, with whom he studied for six years, influenced him greatly. In 2012 he was accepted at La Schola Cantorum in Paris, where he was a student of Marcella Crudeli and gained his Diplôme de virtuosité with highest honours in 2014. Since 2012, he has had the chance to work with musicians such as Alan Weiss, Arie Vardi, Claudio Martinez-Mehner, Leslie Howard and Robert Levin. He received the 2015 Young Musician Award at the Donizetti Classical Music Awards in Istanbul, the 2018 DAAD-Prize from the University of Music Franz Liszt Weimar and the 2019 Aydin Gün Career Support Prize from the Istanbul Music Festival. Çakmur currently pursues his studies with Grigory Gruzman in University of Music Franz Liszt Weimar and continues to work privately with Diane Andersen in Belgium.
Can Çakmur also receives a scholarship from the International Academy of Music in Liechtenstein and participates regularly in the intensive music weeks and activities offered by the Academy. He is a part of ‘G & S Pekinel Young Musicians on the World Stages’ scholarship programme, supported by TUPRAS, and has been granted a grand piano to aid his studies.
For more information, please visit Can Çakmur's website.