(b. 1974, İstanbul).
Turkish composer of mostly orchestral and chamber works that have been performed in Europe.
Mr. Durmaz studied form, harmony and piano privately with Cenan Akın in İstanbul in 1992–93 and studied composition and orchestration with Mete Sakpınar at the Mimar Sinan Güzel Sanatlar Üniversitesi Devlet Konservatuvarı – State Conservatory of the Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University in İstanbul in 1993–94. He studied composition and counterpoint with Bujor Hoinic at Bilkent Üniversitesi in Ankara from 1995–99 and composition with Elhan Bakihanov there in 1999–2000, on a scholarship. He later studied techniques of modern music privately with Ahmet Yürür in İstanbul in 2000–01 and techniques of modern music privately with Aydın Esen in Göktürk, Eyüp, İstanbul from 2009–11.
Among his honours are two prizes in the International Music Prize for Excellence in Composition in Colorado and Greece (winner, 2010, for Les Jardins du Printemps – Prelude for Piano; finalist, 2010, for Élégie ) and a prize from the municipality of İstanbul (2010, for a concert that he had organised, with his music and works by other composers). His music has been performed in Greece and Turkey.
He has taught piano at the arts centre Hayart in Göktürk, Eyüp, İstanbul since 2003.
In addition to the works listed below, Mr. Durmaz has made arrangements and has written music for stage productions.
His primary publisher is Muzikoktek.
COMPLETE LIST OF WORKS
Çarşamba Cadısı – The Wednesday Witch (ballet music, scenario by the composer, after a myth from Turkey), orchestra, 2011–
Music for Piano and Orchestra, 2002
Dance of Dervishes, 2009
Desperation – A Sketch for Orchestra, 2009
Élégie, oboe, 30 strings, 2009
The Children and the Storyteller, 2009–10
Light Speed – A Sketch for Orchestra, 2010
Ağıt – Threnody, guitar, 2009
Capriccio for Violin, 2009
A Turkish Folk Theme, violin, piano, 2009
Romance, violin, piano, 2009
Anatolian Rhapsody, string quartet, 2010
Élégie, cello, piano, 2010
Les Jardins du Printemps – Prelude for Piano, 2010