Turkey: Pianist tells government not to fear artists


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