Winner of the 2017 edition of the Scottish Piano Competition, Can Çakmur (Pronounced: Djahn Tchakmur) was born in 1997 in Turkey. He has appeared in the most important classical music festivals in Turkey; such as Istanbul Music Festival, where he headlined the opening concert in 2014 with BIPO under Sascha Goetzel, Bodrum D-Marin International Classical Music Festival, Ankara International Music Festival, METU International Art Festival and Antalya Piano Festival. He is also regularly invited to summer festival Notti Romana al Teatro di Marcello. In 2014, he headlined the season opening concert of Eskisehir Municipality Symphony Orhestra under Ender Sakpinar. He has performed in the most important halls in Turkey such as Albert Long Hall, CRR Hall, Bilkent Concert Hall, Lütfi Kirdar ICEC as well as in Eindhoven Muziekgebouw and the Romanian Atheneum in Bucharest to name some. He has also played in cities like Ordu or Tokat, where classical music is rarely heard, to spread classical music to a wider audience.
"The contest's clear and deserving winner, however, was Ankara-born Can Çakmur, who dared to be simple in Beethoven's lyrical Fourth Piano Concerto, and to let the music speak for itself, in a wonderfully luminuous, graceful account that felt entirely sincere and heartfelt. His touchingly low-key post-results-announcement encore of the second movement from Schumann's Scone Piano Sonata only confirmed his disarmingly unaffected, very special talents, at once naive and highly sophisticated.
-David Kettle, "The Scotsman"
As an avid writer and speaker, Çakmur has been writing monthly for the Andante Classical Music Magazine since 2015 and moderates his own concerts. In 2016, he was invited by the Istanbul Music Festival for a pre-concert talk before the 75th Birthday Recital of Idil Biret.
Prior to his success in the Scottish Piano Competition, Çakmur had already been a prizewinner in numerous competitions. In 2012, he won first prize in the A Category of the XXII. Rome International Piano Competition. The following year, he was awarded the second prize (first prize not awarded) at Kamuran Gündemir National Piano Competition as well as the special prize for the best interpretation of a piece by a Turkish composer. In the same year he was admitted as a scholar to Young Musicians on the World Stages, a project which aims to grant their scholar best possible means to enable an international career and that is led by renown piano duo Güher & Süher Pekinel and financed by TÜPRAŞ. In 2014, he was awarded a scholarship and EMCY-Prize due to his performance at PIANALE Junior Academy & Competition which included a recital at the Small Hall of Eindhoven Muziekgebouw. Later that year he won the third prize and Bartók special prize at the Fourth International Franz Liszt Competition for Young Pianists. Due to his accomplishments in 2014 he was named "Young Musician of the Year" at the Donizetti Classical Music Awards in Turkey. In 2016, he became a laureate and won two special prizes for the best performance of a classical and a romantic piece at the X. International Balys Dvarionas Competition for Young Pianists and Violinists.
Çakmur began his music education with Leyla Bekensir and Ayse Kaptan. His studies with Jun Kanno and Emre Sen, whom he studied with for six years, influenced him greatly. In 2012, next to his high school studies in Ankara, he was accepted to La Schola Cantorum in Paris to work with Marcella Crudeli. He received Diplome de Virtuosite with highest honours in 2014. Since 2012, he has had the chance to work with musicians such as Leslie Howard, Robert Levin, Ewa Kupiec, Arie Vardi and Alan Weiss among others in academies such as The International Holland Music Sessions, Liszt-Akademie in Schillingsfürst or the Mendelssohn-Academy in Leipzig. He currently pursues his studies with Grigory Gruzman in Academy of Music Franz Liszt Weimar and continues to work privately with Diane Andersen in Belgium.
As a part of Young Musicians on the World Stages, supported by TUPRAS, Çakmur has been granted a Yamaha Grand Piano.