Young Turk is Europe’s composer of the summer

Young Turk is Europe’s composer of the summer


norman lebrecht

August 24, 2015

Sinem Altan has been named winner of the European Composers Prize 2015 at Young Euro Classic in Berlin. The work that caught the judges’ ear is named  ‘Hafriyat – Earthwork’.

Sinem, 30, was born in Ankara and lives in Berlin.

sinem altan


  • John Borstlap says:

    Interestingly, the music in the video sounds like the many different folklorisms of the twenties and thirties of the last century, which appear to offer more possibiities than postwar modernism. A hopeful sign that it was rewarded the ECP.

    • jaypee says:

      You’re absolutely right: it sounds as if nothing has happened in the history of music in the last hundred years or so.

  • Milka says:

    I guess the dreary little composer and judges never heard of Copland , Antheil,Varese ,
    Chavez to name a few from the last century . Nothing like reinventing the wheel .
    And such second rate reinvention …………..

    • John Borstlap says:

      It is not history creating music, but music creating history. Revisions in art are normal, and ‘new’ and ‘good’ are two different things. Maybe the piece in the video is not a master piece, but at least she tries to write music, tapping into something timeless: folklore. Healthier than suffering from metastasis:


      • John Borstlap says:

        PS: Since the wheel was invented, it has remained in use. The inventions of squared, triangled and quintuplet wheels have been one-off experiments.

  • Istanbul Sevdalısı says:

    What a casual news! Composer of the summer?? What a pity.. And yes she is a Turk and we are proud of her works. Meanwhile This is not the rewarded composition from Sinem Altan, this was an old concert video with her ensemble in Berlin. Here is the right video;

    • John Borstlap says:

      What an odd macho piece that is. There does not seem to be much substance in it, and it sounds as if written by the anatolian Hittites in Cappadocia.

  • Milka says:

    She gives banality a new meaning .

  • George says:

    what does ‘European’ mean nowadays ? If I moved to India and wrote new music based on English choral tradition, would I become ‘Asia’s composer of the Autumn’ ?