BIOGRAPHY

"Pianist Burak Bedikyan's style bops, chops and drops with a melodic flair all his own"

 Hot House Jazz Magazine  / Eric Wendell

 

“Pianist and composer Bedikyan, a native of Turkey, has established himself among an elite circle of New York jazz artists. Bedikyan’s playing and some of his compositions reflect his roots in bebop, his classical training and his Middle Eastern origins.  In his third Steeplechase album, Bedikyan has grown impressively”

 Rifftides Arts Journal  / Doug Ramsey

Born in Istanbul, New York based pianist Burak Bedikyan is one of the foremost players and composers of his native country as a leader and a highly sought after sideman for a variety of American and European Jazz artists thanks to his originality and stylistic versatility. Releasing three critically acclaimed albums and touring worldwide with his bands made his work recognized internationally.

First interested in Jazz during high school (Saint Benoit French High School) with the commitment and passion to pursue a career as a  professional musician. Formal music education began in 1996 with distinguished Turkish pianist & composer Aydin Esen where studies included modern harmony and jazz improvisation. Bedikyan attended the “Marmara University Faculty of Economic and Administrative Sciences” in the same year.  While studying improvisational music, the pianist began expanding his harmonic base playing pop and rock gigs accompanying some of the leading popular figures of Turkey.

In 2002 he received a full merit-based scholarship of music performance from the “Istanbul Bilgi University” and heads began turning in his direction from the Turkish jazz scene when he started playing primarily with his professors and later on with international visiting artists such as Benny Golson, Vincent Herring, Stefano DiBattista, Jim Rotondi, Dusko Goykovich, Kevin Mahogany, Jenny Evans, Ricky Ford, Andy Middleton, Harvie S, Eric Revis, Jean-Loup Lognon, Melba Joyce, Larry Price, Mark Alban Lotz to name but a few.

The artist recorded his debut album "Circle of Life" in 2012 in NYC with internationally acclaimed artists; Chris Potter, Peter Washington and Bill Stewart. Published worldwide in 2013 by the prestigious record label SteepleChase Records, "Circle of Life" received positive feedback on the international arena from critics, journalists, as well as fans.

January 2015 gave birth to the pianist’s second album as a leader. “Leap of Faith” featuring another all American line up including jazz greats Chris Cheek, Ron McClure and Billy Drummond.  As in his first album, Bedikyan presented a set of original compositions rooted with the American jazz tradition but embracing his European influences as well as his Turkish/Armenian heritage.

On October 2016 his third SteepleChase CD “Awakening“ is published with the participation of the top-notch American  jazzmen: Loren Stillman, Ugonna Okegwo and Donald Edwards.

His first Trio recording "New Beginning" with Jay Anderson (b) and Adam Nussbaum (dr) is released on October 2018, received great critical praise by the international jazz media as well as music enthusiasts around the world.

As a prolific composer, Bedikyan's 5th solo album "Istanbul Junction" will be out on October 2019, presenting a fresh repertoire of originals performed with his longtime collaborators Can Kozlu (ds), Matthew Hall (b) and the talented Gabor Bolla (s).

Besides touring and performing worldwide with both his American and European bands, Bedikyan is also a respected figure in the field of Music Education.

The musical resume of contemporaries that Bedikyan has shared a stage with over the last twenty years includes :

Benny Golson, Chris Potter, Chris Cheek, Vincent Herring, John Ellis, Rez Abbasi, Tim Horner, Jed Levy, Steve Wilson, Peter Leitch, Steve Cardenas, Stefano Di Battista, Wynton Marsalis (houseband at the 14th Istanbul International Jazz Festival 2007/Nardis Jazz Club), Jim Rotondi, Sean Jones, Dusko Goykovich, Brian Lynch, Kevin Mahogany, Jenny Evans, Ricky Ford, Loren Stillman, Andy Middleton, Harvie S, Jay Anderson, Adam Nussbaum, Aydin Esen, Maffy Falay, Kestutis Vaiginis, Donovan Mixon, Ron McClure, Peter Washington, Eric Revis, Johannes Strasser, Bill Stewart, Billy Drummond, Gerald Cleaver. Ted Poor, Donald Edwards, Joris Dudli, Jean-Loup Lognon, Alexandre Tassel, Melba Joyce, Deborah Davis, Brigitte Beraha, Dennis Jeter, Larry Price, Leah Kline, Mark Alban Lotz etc.

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