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Turkish pianist signs contract with legendary German label

Busra Kayikci 1st Turkish artist to release record with 123-year-old Deutsche Grammophon

Handan Kazanci   | 29.04.2021
Turkish pianist signs contract with legendary German label


Turkish multi-disciplinary artist Busra Kayikci released her neoclassical single Bring the Light on Friday with Germany’s iconic record label Deutsche Grammophon.

“I am so excited to announce my piece ‘Bring the Light’ coming out from a legendary classical label Deutsche Grammophon,” she said on Twitter. "It is the most significant career highlight for me so far. Hope you will enjoy it and stay tuned."
Kayikci is the first Turkish national releasing a record with Deutsche Grammophon, one of the most established and prestigious record companies of the classical music industry with a 123-year history, according to a statement by her publicist.

The Istanbul-based pianist also wrote on Instagram about her journey of composing the 3.40-minute piece. 

“I started to composing this piece at the beginning of the pandemic last year when the whole situation was very ambiguous and cloudy,” she wrote.

“There is a long gap from its beginning to its completion and a melancholic atmosphere to it reflecting those uncertain feelings. But I discovered that this silence and loneliness is actually bringing me lots of new melodies.

“Ultimately, the piece carries a silver lining. To me, making music was and is a way of bringing light to dark moments,” a Turkish pianist added.

Among the DG Classics stars are Moby, Sting, Max Richter, Vikingur Olafsson and Krystian Zimerman.

In a statement, Deutsche Grammophon announced: “We continue our Project XII series this month with the release of Bring The Light by Busra Kayikci.”

She “was introduced to various fields of art, such as the piano, ballet and painting at early ages and studied the works of classical and contemporary artists and composers until college.”

A graduate of interior architect, Kayikci took “the inspiration and technique drawn from the world of design” and began working on “minimalist and neoclassical compositions for the piano,” the statement added.

The 30-year-old pianist released her debut album, Sketches 1 (Eskizler 1 in Turkish) independently in 2019. It consists of nine works in minimalist and neoclassical style.

She recorded her second album, Tuna, in 2020 on an Architizer award-winning design piano named Una Corda at her workshop in Hungary on the invitation of David Klavins, a German-Latvian piano maker. Her single Birth (Dogum) was used in a show by the New York Theatre Ballet last autumn.

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