Atilla Özdemiroğlu

Born: January 5th, 1943, Ankara (Turkey)
Died: April 20th, 2016, Istanbul (Turkey)
Nationality: Turkish

Atilla Özdemiroğlu learnt to play the violin, flute, vibraphone, double bass, and trombone. After graduation from university, he moved to Istanbul in 1966, where he joined several pop bands, including Durul Gence 5. From the 1970s onwards, he made his mark as a composer, writing songs for the most popular Turkish pop acts, including Nilüfer, Kayahan, and Sezen Aksu. Özdemiroğlu specialized in composing film scores, for which he won five Golden Orange Awards and two Golden Boll Awards.

In total, between 1975 and 1983, Özdemiroğlu wrote five songs for the Turkish Eurovision preselection, amongst which the winner in 1980: ‘Petr’oil’, which was performed by Ayda Pekkan. Özdemiroğlu wrote the orchestration in collaboration with Karl Heinz Schäfer and conducted this Turkish entry in the international final, held in The Hague. ‘Petr’oil’ finished fifteenth among nineteen competing entries.

In due course, a more extensive biography of Atilla Özdemiroğlu will be published on this website


Songs conducted
1980: Pet'r oil