World-renowned Turkish pianist Fazil Say appealed to the Turkish government on 23 October 2014 not to be ‘afraid’ of artists after he claimed that his works were removed from a state-funded orchestras repertoire.
The 44-year-old virtuoso, who has had many run-ins with the authorities, wrote an open letter to the government in which he denounced a ‘crackdown’ on artists.
Fazil Say, a strong opponent of the Islamic-rooted government, said his works had been removed from the Presidential Symphony Orchestra programme for the upcoming season.
» Al Arabiya – 23 October 2014:
Turkish pianist tells government not to fear artists