Timuçin Şahin

Timuçin Şahin (born 3 February 1973) is a Turkish jazz guitarist and composer.[1] He was awarded first prize at the Dutch Jazz Competition in 2001 and second prizes at the Jur Naessens Music Award in 2002, and the Deloitte Jazz Award in 2006. He has so far released five contemporary jazz albums, including solo releases, as part of the contemporary jazz trio On the Line, and as part of the Timucin Sahin Quartet and the Timucin Sahin Quintet.

Timuçin Şahin at the Moers festival in 2009


Şahin started playing guitar when he was 16 years old. In 1992 he began studying jazz guitar with Joe Pass and John Abercombie at Hilversum Conservatory in Rotterdam, Holland. He went on to study classical composition with Daan Manneke at the Amsterdam Conservatory, and with and George Crumb at the Manhattan School of Music in New York.[2]

He has played and recorded with Randy Brecker, Greg Osby, Robin Eubanks, Kai Eckhardt, Mike Mainieri, Mark Turner, Tony Moreno, Ernst Reizeger, Armando Gola, Donny McCaslin, Tyshawn Sorey, Thomas Morgan, Sean Rickman, Marcel Wierckx and Owen Hart Jr.[2]

He has developed his own double necked guitar, on which he combines Indian scales and African rhythms with Western jazz improvisation.[3][4] Currently, Şahin is a PhD candidate in composition at New York University.

Awards and recognitionEdit

  • 2001: first prize, Dutch Jazz Competition, On the Line[5]
  • 2002: second prize for his composition Occult at the Jur Naessens Music Award[6]
  • 2006: second prize in the Deloitte Jazz Award, performing with the Concertgebouw Jazz Orchestra, Amsterdam[7]



  1. ^ Matthew Warnock. "Timucin Sahin: Fretless and Fearless". All About Jazz.
  2. ^ a b "who's who : timucin sahin". Turkish Cultural Foundation.
  3. ^ "'Er is absoluut iets gaande in Brooklyn'". De Volkskrant (in Dutch). July 2, 2010.
  4. ^ "Timucin Sahin - profile". All About Jazz.
  5. ^ "NYU Music: Timucin Sahin". New York University.
  6. ^ "Voorgaande edities". Jur Naessens Music Award.
  7. ^ "Finale - Deloitte Jazz Award". Bimhuis Jazz Amsterdam.
  8. ^ John Kelman. "Timucin Sahin: Slick Road". All About Jazz.
  9. ^ John Kelman. "Timucin Sahin Trio: Window for My Breath". All About Jazz.
  10. ^ "Elif'e Mektuplar - Timuçin Sahin, by Trio To be Sung". Fie Schouten clarinets. Retrieved 2022-08-09.
  11. ^ Raul d'Gama Rose. "Timucin Sahin: Bafa". All About Jazz.
  12. ^ "Timucin Sahin Quintet: Inherence".

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