Timur Selçuk who conducted the debut Turkish entry at the Eurovision Song Contest has passed away at the age of 74.
Composer, conductor and musician Timur Selçuk has passed away at the age of 74. Timur Selçuk who was the son of classical Turkish composer Münir Nurettin Selçuk was best known as a conductor of orchestra’s across the world.
In 1975 he travelled to Stockholm, Sweden and was the first person to conduct a Turkish entry at the Eurovision Song Contest. “Seninle Bir Dakika” performed by Semiha Yankı would score 3 points and finish last out of the nineteen performances.
In 1989 Timur would return to the Eurovision Song Contest as the composer, lyricist, arranger and conductor for the Turkish entry “Bana Bana” performed by Pan. Turkey would finish 21st out of 22 entries scoring 5 points.
The Eurovoix team would like to express our condolences to Timur’s family and friends at this difficult time.
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Turkey first participated in the Eurovision Song Contest in 1975. During the 20th century, Turkey only managed to place in the top 10 on two occasions, ninth in 1986 and third in 1997. Turkey won in 2003 with “Every Way That I Can”, their first ever entry completely in English. They went on to achieve six top 10 results in the following years. They withdrew in 2013, citing dissatisfaction with the rules of the contest.