Turhan Yükseler

Born: 1952, Istanbul (Turkey)
Nationality: Turkish

At four years old, Turhan Yükseler started studying at the Istanbul Municipality Conservatory. From 1970 onwards, he has been a professional musician, playing the piano in a string of bands as well as working as an arranger for many different artists. He has more than 700 compositions and arrangements to his credit and worked on almost 100 different albums. In the 2000s, he released solo albums, including ‘Eurasia’. He leads his Turhan Yükseler Band (consisting of five musicians and three vocalists), which plays all genres, ranging from ABBA, Earth Wind & Fire, and The Beatles to Turkish classics.

Turhan Yükseler conducted for Turkey in the Eurovision Song Contest on two occasions. In 1988, he led the orchestra for M.F.Ö. during their performance of ‘Sufi (Hey ya hey)’, which finished fifteenth; the arrangement was written by Jurre Haanstra from the Netherlands. Three years later, in 1991, Turkey was represented by the trio Izel Çeliköz, Reyhan Karaca, and Can Uğurluer with a twist called ‘Iki dakika’. Yükseler arranged the song in collaboration with composer Şevket Uğurluer and conducted the Italian orchestra. This Turkish entry finished twelfth.

In due course, a more extensive biography of Turhan Yükseler will be published on this website


Songs conducted
1988: Sufi (hey ya hey)
1991: İki dakika