Neyzen Zeki Sözen My beloved father Doğan Sözen and my dear
mother Nevzade Sözen are from Gürün, Sivas, Turkey. They moved
to İstanbul in 1961. They started living in Üsküdar (a place
in İstanbul) on the 6th of July, 1969. After four days, I
was born on 10th of July, 1969. I have grown up in Üsküdar
and I have always thought that, growing up in Üsküdar was
a luck for me.
Ney ile Segah Makamında Doğaçlama
Neyzen : Zeki Sözen
I graduated from Üsküdar Paşakapısı Primary School, Haydarpaşa
High School and finally, the University of Anadolu, Faculty
Ney ile Acemkürdi Makamında Taksim
Neyzen : Zeki Sözen
I started being interested in music in my very early life
by playing rhythm instruments. I was playing whatever I found
(like table, chair, stewpot..etc.) with every song I listened
In 1979, my mother bought a rhythm instrument for me.
I was more curious about music and I began performing better.
In the high school, I and some of my friends formed a rhythm-band
that plays thick books, desks..etc.
We could perform some
famous songs in 80s, for example, Big in Japan, Midnight
Man, Size Selam Getirmişem and Karanfil Deste Gider.
We even contributed to some song contests.
In the high school, our guidance counselor, Fatma Oğuz, tested
us about the jobs that were suitable for us and the skills
that we had. The questions were prepared by the University
of Cambridge. The result was surprising for me. Although there
is no musician in my family, my music skill was 80 percent,
the foreign language skill was 10 percent and the other skills
were 10 percent.
Ayhan Sicimoğlu ile SKYTURK Renkler Programında Ney Enstrumanı Tanıtımı :
My older sister Edibe Sözen always supported and helped me
to be a neyzen. One day, she talked about her two students
at the University of İstanbul, who play (blow) Ney.
introduced ney to me and I was very impressed by its sound.
I wanted them to teach me how to blow ney, so I took lessons
from Mercan Dede (one of the students). After three months,
since I got to a more professional level, Mercan Dede suggested
that it was the right time for me to begin taking lessons
from his teacher, Ömer Erdoğdular.
I realized that music is not so easy and therefore I wanted
to have education.
I passed its examination and I attended
Emin Ongan Üsküdar Music School. In the school, I took lessons
from Vahit Anadolu (rhythm artist in Radio İstanbul), Âmir
Ateş (composer), Fethi Karamahmutoğlu (composer), Nihat Adlim
(composer), Şeref Çakar (composer and conductor), Varujyan
Zilciyan (teacher of musical theory) and Metin Özçamlı (teacher
of musical theory). I express my deep gratitude to all my
In 1989, I met with the teacher of teachers, Ömer
Erdoğdular. I took lessons from him nearly five years.
At last, I started being known as Neyzen Zeki. I performed
in many radio records and more than 100 concerts with my teachers
during five years. In 1992, I played in the University of
İstanbul, İcra Heyeti (the group of musicians) as a guest
Between the years 2005 and 2006, I worked in the University
of Sabancı as a Ney teacher.
Since I am always in search of different sounds like classical
music, the military music of mehter (janissary band) or jazz,
I have met with many artists like Okay Temiz. The one of the
artists I met was Gül Tekinson Sözen who is my goodwife today.
In 1991, I passed the exams of Republic of Turkey, Ministry
of Culture, Historical Music Ensemble. I perform the mehter
music and the classical Turkish music in Turkey and abroad.
with MEGA STAR EMEL SAYIN:
İspanya " Centro International De Enstudios" (Uluslararası
Almanya " Sprachen Des Köpers" (Vücutların dili-Dans
Portekiz " EXPO 98"
Japonya " Türk Köyü ve Tokyo Camii'nin açılışı"
Hollanda " Türkiye Festivali 2001"
Tunus '' Festival de la Medina'' (Medina festivali) 2003
Londra Türk Festivali
Viyana ve Bratislava " Alla Turca" Mehterden-Mozart'a
Osmanlı'nın 700. Yıl kutlamaları
3. Uluslar arası Boğaziçi Festivali "Hoşgörü İmparatorluğu"