Timuçin Sahin

Guıtarıst, Composer, Educator

Timucin Sahin has been recognized as one of today’s truly unique voices of contemporary jazz music by publications such as San Francisco Bay Guardian, AllaboutJazz, Jazzwise, Downbeat and Jazz-Times as well as by many others. 

His unique sound on fretless electric guitar and his emotional content in his composing is incomparable, and his music almost impossible to categorize. Both his compositions and his playing on his double-neck guitar – his trademark – radiate an incomparable individualism. 

Born in Turkey, Sahin immigrated to Holland as a young man to study jazz guitar and classical composition in Hilversum and Amsterdam Conservatories. Then he continued his studies at the Manhattan School of Music. He was awarded first prize at the prestigious Dutch Jazz Competition in 2001 and second prizes at the Jur Naessens Music Award in 2002, and Deloitte Jazz Award in 2006.

Sahin shares his concepts about his sui-generis guitar playing and composing in masterclasses in the United States, Europe and Turkey. In 2017, Sahin started a school and music program called "Art of the Collective Imagination" which is devoted to real time music making in Bergama, Turkey. Other notable engagements include: Manhattan School of Music New York (USA), NYU New York (USA), Amsterdam Conservatory (NL), Tilburg Conservatory (NL) and Sopot Jazz Festival (PL). 

In addition to his roles as a performer and education, Sahin is also a PhD candidate in Composition at New York University.