Engin Recepoğulları

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EquipmentT-WO1, S-901

Engin Recepoğulları is one of the leading Tenor/Soprano saxophone players in Turkey.

He was born in 1980 in Izmir, Turkey. He has been inspired by jazz music at his early ages and decided to be a musician in high school. He started playing the saxophone in the school band and studied music & improvisation with Omur Gidel and Ricky Ford.

After performing with Claudio Fasoli and Antonio Zambrini's Open Jazz Orchestra in Izmir European Jazz Festival, he won a scholarship by the Izmir Foundation for Culture, Arts and Education and had a chance to study with important names of Italian Jazz world like Claudio Fasoli and Pietro Tonolo in Sienna-Italy (2006) .

After moving to Istanbul, he started playing gigs with important names of Turkish Jazz scene (Kerem Gorsev, Onder Focan, Ferit Odman, Ediz Hafizoglu, Sarp Maden, Alp Ersönmez, Cem Tuncer, Ozan Musluoglu, Sibel Kose, Jef Giansily, Cem Aksel, Erkan Ogur Telvin, İmer Demirer,..). He also shared the stage with numerous international names like Ricky Ford, Kurt Elling, Christian Mcbride, Joshua Redman, Roy Hargrove, Eric Truffaz, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Angelika Niescier and Jim Rotondi,…in various concerts.

He took stage at the most important music and jazz festivals in Turkey, as well as many international festivals such as; Almaty Jazz Festival in Kazakhistan, Lithuania Klaipeda Jazz Voices, Kosovo International Jazz Festival, Warsaw Jazz Jamboree Festival in Poland, Norway Ulvik Poesie Fest, Belgrade International Jazz Festival in Bulgaria, Berlin XJAZZ Music Festival in Germany, Ukraine Odessa Jazz Festival, Luxembourg Jazz Days and Rotterdam Northsea Jazz Festival in the Netherlands.

Engin Recepoğulları is a member of Istanbul Superband, Boshporus Bigband and TRT(Turkish Radio TV) Radio Bigband. He took part in more than forty albums, with various musicians. He is also a saxophone instructor at Hisar International School.

Engin plays on Yanagisawa TWO1 Tenor and S901 Soprano