İstanbul doğumlu olan Fahir Atakoğlu, başarısı pek çok uluslararası ödülle tescillenmiş ünlü bir piyanist ve bestecidir. Senfonik çalışmaları ve film müzikleri ile dikkat çeken Fahir Atakoğlu'nun çalışmaları Avrupa'da ve özellikle de Amerika'da pek çok müzik festivalinde icra edilmiştir. Atakoğlu'nun halen Avrupa, Japonya ve Kuzey Amerika'da sürekli artan bir dinleyici kitlesi bulunmaktadır. Müziğindeki kendine has ritmik, melodik ve armonik özellikleri besteci duyarlılığıyla birleştirerek dinleyicilerine ulaştıran Atakoğlu'nun müziği aslında onun olağanüstü yeteneğinin de göstergesi.

Değişik müzik kültürlerini harmanlayan müziğindeki orijinalliğin yanı sıra kendi doğduğu topraklarla kurduğu muhteşem bağ dikkat çekicidir. 1996'dan bu yana pek çok ulusal ve uluslararası yapım için jingle, belgesel ve film müzikleri hazırlamaktadır. 1994'te çıkan ilk albümünü takiben aralarında Amerika'nın bulunduğu 17 ülkede toplam 14 albüm çıkarmış olan Atakoğlu'nun albümleri bugüne kadar 2 milyondan fazla satış yapmıştır.

Atakoğlu, 2000 yılında Milano Film Festivali'nde 'Büyükada'da Sürgün' belgeseliyle birincilik ödülünü kazandı. Atakoğlu bunun yanı sıra 2002'de Yunanistan'da 400 binden fazla satan ve Mega Channel tarafından verilen 'En iyi Şarkı' Ödülü'nü alan 'Telos Dios Telos' ile de önemli bir çıkış yakaladı. Jazz dünyasının önemli dergilerinden Jazziz Fahir Atakoğlu'nun 'IF' albümüne beğendiklerimiz bölümünde yer verdi.


'IF' albümünü 'yüksek enerjili ve derinlemesine lirik' şeklinde özetleyen Jazziz Dergisi Fahir Atakoğlu'nun müziğine gerçek anlamda küresel jazz tanımını yakıştırdı. Jazz Times Dergisi ise 'IF' albümünde, tartışılmaz bir yetenek, geçerlilik ve özgürlüğün izleri görüldüğünü, özellikle Fahir Atakoğlu'nun yoğun, girift, perküsyon ve ritim ağrılıklı piyano- trio tarzını henüz tanımayanlar için eşsiz bir deneyim vaat ettiğini söyledi.
Ayrıca Atlantic Records'un kurucusu Ahmet Ertegün Fahir Atakoğlu için, " Bugün Avrupa'nın en önemli piyanist ve bestecilerinden biridir Müzik dünyasının zirvedeki isimlerinden biridir" dedi.

Fahir Atakoğlu yine tümü kendi bestelerinden oluşan, Horacio El Negro, Anthony Jackson, Mike Stern, Wayne Krantz, Bob Franceschini gibi jazz dünyasının ileri gelen isimleriyle çalıştığı yeni albümü ISTANBUL IN BLUE ile 7 dallda Grammy adayligini yakaladi.Tum Ulusal America radyolarinda Jazz ve World Music listelerinde 2 hafta ustuste 1 nci siraya yukseldi.Bu basariyi takiben, kendisi gibi tum gocmenlere ithaf ettigi FACES AND PLACES  albumunde , John Pattitucci, Horacio El Negro Hernandez , Bob Mintzer, Randy Brecker, Romero Lubambo, wayne Krantz,Rogerio Boccatto, ve Rene Toledo ile calisti.

2010-2015 senelerinde Acustic Band Projesiyle Sezen Aksu ile calisan Fahir Atakoglu,

Cok yakinda Live In Umbria adinda konser albumu ile tekrar solo calismalarina donuyor.Horacio El Negro Hernandez ve Alain Caron ile dunyaca unlu Umbria Jazz festivalinde(2010)  tarihi Teatro Morlacchi  'de kaydedildi.

2016 da yeni  studyo albumu "Interpretations "  surpizlerle dolu...

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Quotes 

“Undeniably skillful and unique”

Jazz Times

 

“Pianist Fahir Atakoglu brings an assertive and exotic approach to the piano”

All About Jazz

 

“International award winning composer, Fahir Atakoglu is a much-esteemed composer in Europe and Turkey in the fields of large symphonic works and film music.  His works have also been performed in various music festivals in Europe ad across the United States to much acclaim.”

Arif Mardin, Producer, Composer, Arranger

 

 "..Moreover, Atakoglu's taped score sounded utterly at home in every style, with lush symphonic lyricism layered over invigorating folk rhythms. As in Istanbul itself, you journeyed from Europe to Asia and back without ever leaving a unique environment.

Lewis Segal, LA Times Staff Writer on “East Side Story"

 

Turkish-born pianist Fahir Atakoglu brings an assertive and exotic approach to the piano trio format, blending a geographical mixture that includes the sounds of his own homeland, drummer Horacio “El Negro” Hernandez's native Cuba, and bassist Anthony Jackson's New York state of mind.”

Dan McClenaghan , All About Jazz

 

“Atakoglu composed all the tunes on If. A very original melodic approach flows through the always interesting and often intense rhythmic drives, taking this piano trio to places that you've probably never been before.”

Dan McClenaghan , All About Jazz

 

“The result is more jaw dropping music from this most awesome, brilliant, death-defying pianist who deserves a ton of wider recognition and admiration “There's a lot to enjoy on this recording [Istanbul in Blue] from a contemporary and historical standpoint, and as listeners should definitely own a copy of "If," this one shows a willingness to expand, employ different styles, and bodes well for Atakoglu's next adventurous excursion.

 Michael Nastos, All Music Guide

 

“The album Istanbul in Blue closes with the nostalgically haunting title track that's elegant and simple in the coming together of its diverse parts-at once a reflection of Istanbul and a node to the timeless city that stands as Atakoglu's eternal source of inspiration.”

Lissette Corsa. JazzIz

 

“There's music encapsulated here to suit varied taste and that’s because of Atakoglu’s his expansive piano expertise. He has the ability to make his instrument sound classical one minute, traditional jazz the next and even at times there are saloon type ragtime nuances that slip in for good measure.”

Asha Small, JazzReview.com

 

“An Intriguing collaboration between stellar set of fusioneers and a composer who’s at home in the east and west and both the commercial and art world...”

 Andy Robson, JazzWise,England

 

“It is that inherently lustful quality balanced with good common sense and spectacular musicianship that identifies Faces & Places as a pure personal statement, and a continuing novel with the diversity Fahir Atakoglu has always enjoyed. It's a beautiful statement of contemporary jazz from top to bottom, deserving of high accolades, and anyone's high recommendation.”

 Michael Nastos, All Music Guide

 

“A strong soloist, with an arranger’s ear for development and form, Atakoglu’s writing also sounds particularly deft at manipulating tension, energy and textural variations… Perhaps reflecting both personal experience as well as Turkey’s position as a cultural crossroad, a certain Middle Eastern rhythm in Atakoglu’s music is not far from, for example, Brazilian samba, flamenco or gritty New York City jazz funk.”

Fernando Gonzalez, International Review Of Music

 

"Faces and Places" simply intoxicates the listener with a kaleidoscopic masterpiece of moods , colors and textures. It's a killer CD from a killer group.”

 Alonzo Veston , stjoenews.net

 

“In Faces & Places his music is just so chock 
full of energy and chops that you wonder how come this kind of stuff 
isn’t played more often… Music that energizes 
like a Duracell!”

George W. Harris, jazzweekly.com

 

Eğitim

  • Croydon College, University of London
  • Higher National Diploma in Marketing, Advertising 1980-1983
  • London School of Music
  • Composition / Workshops 1981-1983
  • Private Tutoring Cemal Resit REY 1977-1980
  • Composition, Orchestration, Piano

Ödüller

  • 50 Most Influential Turkish American Award- by TOA
  • 2006 November, Man of Outstanding accomplishment Award
  • Given by Daughters of ATATURK
  • 2006 November, ATAA
  • Outstanding Achievement in arts Award
  • Platinum Sales Award My EMI Greece
  • (Telos Dios Telos) for sales in excess of 480.000
  • 2002, Mega Channel Greece
  • Best song Award (Telos Dios Telos)
  • 2000, MIlano Film Festival
  • First Prize for Documentary - *Exile in Buyukada* 
  • 1997-1998, Finalist Award
  • Flora-Marshall Boya also Finalist Award "Duru" commercial 
  • 1996-1997, Crystal Apple Award
  • Best Jingle, "Yarina Dort Isik" for Garanti Bank
  • 1996, Finalist Award
  • For the music of "Duru Sabunlari '96
  • 1995-1996, “Crystal Apple” Award
  • Best Jingle, “Renault Laguna” Theme
  • 1995, TV commercials '95
  • Finalist Award -“Toyota Corolla” 
  • 1994-1995, Crystal Apple Award
  • Best Jingle, "Milliyet" Corporate Theme 
  • 1995, Gold Screen Award
  • Best Original Score for the documentary 12Mart
  • 1994, London International Advertising Awards
  • Finalist Award "Traffic Campaign"
  • 1982, South London Jazz Federation
  • Jazz Talent and Composition Contest 1st runner up

Profesyonel üyelikler

  • MSG Turkish Copyright Association
  • Member as Writer, Publisher, Arranger, Producer
  • BUMA/STEMRA (NL) All rights worldwide.
  • Voting Member of NARAS (The Recording Academy , GRAMMY)

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