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Burak Bedikyan

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Burak Bedikyan

BURAK BEDIKYAN BIO:

Born in 1978 at Istanbul. Developed an interest in music at an early age and began to take private piano lessons at 7 years old encouraged by his family (from Ayla Saydam, Mari Barsamyan, Ali Darmar). Became interested in Jazz during his highschool days (Lycee Francais Saint-Benoit) and decided to become a professional musician. He had no formal music education until 1996 when he met Aydin Esen from whom he took his first classes about harmony and improvisation. The same year he attended the “Marmara University Faculty of Economic and Administrative Sciences”. While improving himself in Jazz idioms, Bedikyan started playing pop and rock gigs with different bands accompanying some of the leading popular figures of Turkey....
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”Bedikyan manages to break out with a fully distinctive sound in the future is open to debate, but this effort leaves no doubt that he’s got the chops, taste and range to do so—here’s hoping he lets more of his imagination run wild.” - Peter Margasak (***Downbeat February 2014)

“The Turkish pianist's impressive debut album is steeped in modernist references.” - Mike Hobart (**** Financial Times 2013)

“... an interesting overture for the Turkish newcomer, but it sounds like there's much more in reserve.” - John Fordham (*** The Guardian 2013)

“Burak Bedikyan is regarded as one of the best equiped pianists of his generation by many contemporary Turkish jazz masters such as Aydin Esen, Tuna Ötenel, Emin Findikoglu and Önder Focan. Bedikyan who has been part of the Nardis Jazz Club's stage at countless prestigious concerts since the club’s inception has also been performing at various local and overseas clubs and festivals for the past 10 years. He is keenly sought as a “sideman” by many European and American musicians’ for their club performances in Istanbul. Bedikyan who has a considerable command of a whole array of styles is also admired for his melodiousness and very personal aesthetic performances.” - Jazz Magazine (Turkey)

“I enjoyed the session with Burak a lot, he came in with some really nice tunes that were fun to play, he played great, and everything went down very smoothly with a good, positive vibe. Thanks Burak !” - Chris Potter

“Burak honors jazz music with his playing and composing. It was an inspiration for me to play his beautiful music and to support his solos. And his choice of sideman could have been my choice- in his mind, Burak was hearing a very sympathetic group. I look forward to the next one !” - Peter Washington

“Burak is a fine musical artist who is worthy of greater recognition.” - Bill Stewart

“A thoughtfully constructed and beautifully performed recording. Lovely arrangements and compositions. Burak plays with intelligence and great sensitivity.” - Kevin Hays

“Burak is a fantastic pianist !” - Harvie S

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