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Burak Bedikyan

A native of Istanbul, Bedikyan became interested in Jazz during high school with the commitment and passion to pursue a career as a professional musician. Formal music education began in 1996 with distinguished Turkish pianist & composer Aydin Esen where studies included modern harmony and jazz improvisation. Bedikyan attended the “Marmara University Faculty of Economic and Administrative Sciences” in the same year. While studying improvisational music, Bedikyan began explanding his harmonic base playing pop and rock gigs accompanying some of the leading popular figures of Turkey.

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Critical acclaim includes:

“The Turkish pianist's impressive debut album is steeped in modernist references. ... the trio tracks flow with contemporary lyricism.” Financial Times - Mike Hobart (**** Financial Times August 9, 2013)

“...The pianist's prismatic chords, brooding tone, swift tempo-shifts and sharp dynamic range provide a rich foundation for Chris Potter's improvisation on tenor, with Stewart providing apt, skittery support ... Whether 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.” DOWNBEAT - Peter Margasak (***Downbeat February 2014)

“This is an interesting overture for the Turkish newcomer, but it sounds like there's much more in reserve.” The Guardian - John Fordham / August 15, 2013

“Burak Bedikyan is an artistically gifted and as technically proficient as any pianist on the planet. ...The deft touch and dazzling technique of Bedikyan establishs a truly unique harmonic voice for piano in an other wise mundane if not tightly clustered pack of sometimes soulless virtuoso talent that has forgotten what pushing the creative envelope is all about... Burak Bedikyan is a name to remember and an artist whose musical stock is an arrow pointing straight up !” Brent Black - criticaljazz.com, bop-N-jazz.com

“...The Turkish pianist is set to make his mark on jazz piano playing. BB's tribute to late Tommy Flanagan raises Bedikyan himself into the great man's inner circle

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