Timur SelçukBorn: July 2nd, 1946, Istanbul (Turkey)
Timur Selçuk was not involved in either composing or arranging the first Turkish entry to the Eurovision Song Contest (‘Seninle bir dakika’ by Semiha Yankı), but he was asked to conduct the orchestra in Stockholm nevertheless; the song, with an orchestration by Tony Rallo from France, came last. In 1989, Selçuk returned to the contest as the composer, lyricist, and arranger of the Turkish entry, ‘Bana bana’ by Pan, a vocal quartet which included his daughter Hazal. This song, with clear references to traditional Turkish music in the orchestration, was conducted in a most spectacular way by Selçuk. Although the Turkish effort was received to an impressive applause by the Swiss audience, it only picked up four points and a second-last (21st) place.
In due course, a more extensive biography of Timur Selçuk will be published on this website