Necil Kazım Akses

Necil Kazım Akses
Born (1908-05-06)May 6, 1908
Ankara, Turkey
Died February 16, 1999(1999-02-16) (aged 90)
Nationality Turkish
Alma mater

Necil Kazım Akses (May 6, 1908, Istanbul – February 16, 1999, Ankara, Turkey)[1] was a Turkish classical composer.


Akses studied music and composition at the Musikakademie in Vienna with Joseph Marx and at the Prague Conservatory in Prague with Josef Suk and Alois Hába.[2] He helped co-found the Ankara State Conservatory with the composer Paul Hindemith and served as director of the institution for a while.

Together with Cemal Reşit Rey, Ulvi Cemal Erkin, Ahmet Adnan Saygun, and Hasan Ferit Alnar, Akses belonged to a group called The Turkish Five, who were the first Turkish composers to adapt their homeland's musical tradition to the techniques of Western classical composition. (Their name alluded to the Russian Five.)

In 1949, Akses entered the service of the Turkish state. He worked as the Turkish cultural attaché in Bern and Bonn, among other posts.

Akses composed orchestral works, chamber music, and pieces for piano. His most famous work is his violin concerto (1969).




Vocal Music

Solo instrument and orchestra

Chamber Music

Voice and Piano

Piano Music

Solo Instrument



Incidental Music


  1. "Akses Obituary". Turkish Press Review. 17 February 1999. Retrieved 1 March 2009.
  2. Randel, Don Michael, ed. (1996). "Akses, Necil Kazim". The Harvard biographical dictionary of music. Cambridge, Mass.: Belknap Press of Harvard Univ. Press. p. 9. ISBN 0-674-37299-9.
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