Atilla Özdemiroğlu

Style of Art : Artist / composer, arranger
Branch of Art : Classical music: composition and Turkish pop music
Art Profile :

Atilla Özdemiroğlu was born in Ankara in 1943. He had an interest in playing music already in his early years. At the age of eight, he learned not only violin but also musical instruments such as flute, vibraphone, double bass and trombone. He participated in many music events while studying at high school and university. He held violin and guitar concerts with Yurdaer Doğulu. Özdemiroğlu founded a pop group, named “Jupiters.” When he studied at the Faculty of Law, he played violin in a chamber orchestra. In those years, he performed in many Turkish and foreign music groups. Özdemiroğlu learned harmony and the technique of composition and arrangement with Emin Fındıkoğlu and gave concerts with Erol Pekcan Jazz group.

In 1966, Özdemiroğlu moved to Istanbul and joined the music band "Durul Gence 5". Later he performed with several other music groups and Turkish pop stars such as Ajda Pekkan, Nilüfer, Kayahan and Sezen Aksu. One of his compositions “Pet′r Oil” was selected for Turkey′s entry in the Eurovision Song Contest in 1980. Özdemiroğlu received awards in five different sections for his film scores in the Antalya Golden Orange Film Festival and two different sections in the Adana Golden Boll Film Festival. He worked for Durul Gence 5 and the Şerif Yüzbaşıoğlu Orchestra. He founded the Istanbul Gelişim Orchestra with Selçuk Başar and Garo Mafyan.

After 1973, Özdemiroğlu worked as an arranger, composer and studio musician in the Şat Yapım, which he founded with Şanar Yurdatapan. In those years, he worked with famous singers such as Nilüfer, Sezen Aksu and Kayahan. In 1979, Özdemiroğlu started musical works with the Yedi Kocalı Hürmüz Musical Group. He composed over 40 film music and received seven awards in the Golden Orange International Film Festivals. Özdemiroğlu has also composed commercial music and his songs such as "Tanrım," "Firuze," "Kalbim Egede Kaldı," "Petrol," "Rakkas" and "Eskidendi çok Eskiden."

Özdemiroğlu founded ŞAT (Music production company) and ART (Music, Stage and Festival organization company). He was the president of Besko A.Ş. and the representative of Turkish group of IFPI (The International Federation of the Phonographic Industry). He was the trustee of Antalya Culture and Art, the Türkiye Zeka Vakfı (The Foundation of Turkish Intelligence) and the Anadolu Net. He served as a president in the MESAM between 1995 and 2004. Atilla Özdemiroğlu passed away in 2016.


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