Levent Çoker

Born: 1958, Izmit (Turkey)
Nationality: Turkish

Levent Çoker studied the trombone at the Ankara State Conservatory and the Istanbul State Conservatory, graduating in 1971 and 1975 respectively. From 1979 onwards, he has been part of the trombone section of the Istanbul State Symphony Orchestra. As a composer, he mainly wrote classical pieces, ranging from opera and ballets (e.g. ‘Hayal yolculan’) to works for symphony orchestra and chamber orchestra. Occasionally, he composed pieces for brass bands.

Levent Çoker composed both of the entries with which Şebnem Paker represented Turkey in the Eurovision Song Contest: the brassy ballad ‘Besinçi mevsim’ in 1996 and the very ethnically flavoured ‘Dinle’ in 1997. These entries placed twelfth and third respectively; the latter result was the best placing ever for Turkey in the festival at that time. For both efforts, Çoker wrote the arrangements and conducted the orchestra in the international final. In 1998, Paker and Çoker had another go in the Turkish pre-selection, but the song ‘Çal’ failed to pick up any points and finished joint-last.

In due course, a more extensive biography of Levent Çoker will be published on this website



Songs conducted
1996: Beşinci mevsim
1997: Dinle