Semih Korucu

(b. 11 November 1965, Ankara).

Turkish composer of mostly chamber, vocal and piano works that have been performed in Asia, Europe and North America.

Mr. Korucu studied folk music privately with Ertuğrul Bayraktar in Ankara in 1984–85 and contemporary music privately with Ertuğrul Oğuz Fırat in Ankara in 1986–87. He studied analysis, composition and music theory with Cengiz Tanç and counterpoint with Bülent Tarcan at the Mimar Sinan Güzel Sanatlar Üniversitesi Devlet Konservatuvarı – State Conservatory of the Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University in İstanbul from 1987–95, where he had postgraduate studies in analysis and composition with İlhan Usmanbaş from 1995–97.

His music has been performed in Bulgaria, France, Germany, Italy, Turkey, and the USA.

He is also active in other positions. He presented the programme of contemporary music Ustasız ÇekiçThe Hammer without a Master on Açık Radyo in İstanbul in 1997–98.

He taught music theory at the Akademi İstanbul from 1997–2003 and served as chair of its department of music from 1997–2003. He taught music theory at Haliç Üniversitesi in İstanbul in 2002–03. He has taught analysis, composition, counterpoint, fugue, harmony, and score reading at the Mersin Üniversitesi Devlet Konservatuvarı in Mersin since 2003, where he has also served as chair of the department of composition since 2003.


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story of orient, or Orient as a Story & Symmetry, large orchestra (73 players), 1995

Story of The West, or The West as a Story, 22 strings, 1998

Nonexistent Knight, cello, large orchestra (79 players), 2005

Music for 'The Shaken Ones' (after Halil Turhanlı), 48 strings, 2006


Texture, 4 oboes, 1993

Her İlik Bir İlmekmiş Meğer Onlara, 2 violas, 1994

Concentration, French horn, trumpet, trombone, bass tuba, 1994

Music for 14 Instruments, flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, French horn, trumpet, trombone, violin, viola, cello, double bass, piano, timpani, 4 tom-toms (+ 4 woodblocks, wind chimes) (1 player), 1995

Fuga & What is chasing us?, oboe, clarinet, violin, viola, cello, 1996

Empathy, any instrument, piano, 2000–08 (its four sections may be performed separately: I, 2000; II, 2000; III, 2000; IV, 2008)


Child of freedom (text by Abdurrahman Genç), 5 mixed voices, 1991

Stereophony (text by İsmet Özel), 2 mixed choruses (soprano, alto, tenor, bass; mezzo-soprano, alto, baritone, bass), 2 pianos, 2003

Folksongs (texts from anonymous songs in Turkish), 4 mixed voices, 2004 (its six sections may be performed separately)


Kör BaşlangıçBlind Start (text by Enis Batur), soprano, harp, string quartet, fixed media (6 tracks), 1993

Şark ve Şarkıları (texts from folksongs from Turkey, Asia), female folk voice/male folk voice, ney (flute from the Middle East), oboe, duduk (oboe from Armenia), zurna (oboe from Central Asia), 2 guitars, electric guitar, tambur (lute from Central Asia), kemençe (bowed lute from Central Asia), double bass (+ bass guitar), electric piano, accordion, 2001


Two Pieces, 1992

Disintegration and Integration, 1993

MECHANism, 1997

Melioristic études, 2005


Folksongs IVI (folksongs from Turkey), guitar, 2007 (its six sections may be performed separately)