Efe Öksüz, 15, who learned to play the piano by taking private lessons because he was bored at home during the Covid-19 epidemic in Izmir and improved himself over time, succeeded in completing the Dinu Lipatti Youth International Music Competition held in Italy at the top in the piano category.
Öksüz told reporters at the Ahmed Adnan Saygun Art Center that he was introduced to music when he was 8 years old, thanks to the organ his father bought him, and that he took a break after taking lessons for about 6 months.
Expressing that he started playing music again during the epidemic, Öksüz said, “I was very bored because we were locked at home during the pandemic period in the sixth grade, there was an organ under my bed. I started playing by looking at the internet and getting help. Then my father noticed my talent and bought me an electronic piano.” said.
Öksüz stated that his perspective on the piano changed and he developed himself rapidly after meeting his piano teacher Esra Yüce last year, and that he has reached the level to participate in international competitions in about a year.
Öksüz stated that they worked with the works chosen by his teacher for the Dinu Lipatti Youth International Music Competition, one of the well-known organizations in its field, held in Italy. he said.
Öksüz said that he loves Beethoven, Chopin and Mozart and that he studied the works of these three composers. I want to be the first to participate in competitions in Europe and show my talent.” said.
“Efe is an extreme talent”
Piano teacher Esra Yüce also stated that they were very happy with Efe’s success in the competition, and that his mother and father’s efforts were also rewarded.
Stating that they have been working with Efe for about 1 year, Yüce said:
“Efe is one of my very talented students. I think he is an extreme talent. We met three times a week for the competition and worked with discipline. Efe always made me feel that I was working with an extreme talent. I can say that we had a great repertoire in a very short time. If we had met Efe at the age of 8, Turkey If we were to give an example from , a Fazil Say could emerge, but he is still young. I think it is not too late, he is a very talented student.”