ITU Alumni Granted Presidential Arts and Culture Awards
Oct 30, 2017

Our University is very proud to announce that our graduates were recognized in the 2017 Presidential Arts and Culture Grand Awards, Göksel Baktagir in the music category and Ali Toy in the traditional arts category.

As in previous years, this year’s recipients of the Presidential Arts and Culture Grand Awards were announced on October 29th, the Day of the Republic. With the approval of President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan; this year 6 key recipients were deemed worthy of the award. The Arts and Culture Grand Awards Evaluation Board was composed of the Presidential General Secretary Fahri Kasırga, Deputy Secretary General of the Presidency Assoc. Prof. Dr. İbrahim Kalın, President of Corporate Communications, Dr. M. Mücahit Küçükyılmaz, Presidential Press Adviser, Lütfullah Göktaş, Adviser to the President H. Hümeyra Şahin, Undersecretary of Culture and Tourism Ömer Arısoy, President of the Yunus Emre Institute, Prof. Dr. Şeref Ateş, and authors, Alev Alatlı and Rasim Özdenuren.

2 Awards For Our Graduates 

President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, on the recommendation of the Evaluation Board, announced this year’s recipients in the music category of the Presidential Arts and Culture Grand Awards for 2017 as Göksel Baktagir, 1988 graduate of the Turkish State Music Conservatory and Ali Toy, a 1988 graduate of the Faculty of Architecture in the category of traditional arts. Other award-recipients were Prof. Dr. İlber Ortaylı for history, Yavuz Turgul for cinema, and Selahattin Kara for painting. Nurettin Topçu was also deemed worthy of the loyalty special award.

The award ceremony will be held at the Presidential Complex on a date that is yet to be announced.

We congratulate our graduates who have earned the Presidential Arts and Culture Grand Prize, making the ITU family proud, and wish them continued success.


Who is Göksel Baktagir?

He was born in 1966 in Kırklareli. He started his musical education at the age of eight under the direction of his father Muzaffer Baktagir. In 1988, he graduated from İTÜ’s Turkish State Music Conservatory and, one year after, began her post-graduate education in a conservatory. In the same year, under the direction of Tanbûri Necdet Yaşar, he joined the Ministry of Culture Istanbul State Turkish Music Society. Together with the “Necdet Yaşar Ensemble,” he was part of concerts in various countries. Göksel Baktagir who started composing in his conservatory years, has about 400 works, both verbal and instrumental. Many of his works have been entered into the TRT repertoire, and his Zâvil saz sema piece called “Sazım” won an award in the 1990 TRT-organized competition. His Muhayyerkürdi song called “Tek Kelime” was named in Milliyet Newspaper’s 10 Most Popular songs list of 1997, his album “Doğu Rüzgârı” won an award from the Turkish Writers’ Union. Baktagir received the Music Award of the Year from the Switzerland-based European Union Foundation in 2004. In 2013, the Musiki Foundation and Beyoglu Municipality cooperated to host the Itri Music Awards where he was the recipient of the Composer of the Year Award. Since 1984, Baktagir has been working on kanun techniques, in particular, he has been working on a technique to develop the "left hand."


Who is Ali Toy?

Calligrapher Ali Toy was born in 1960 in Tavşanlı, Kütahya. He graduated from Tavşanlı Tunçbilek High School in 1977 and the ITU Faculty of Architecture in 1988. In 1992, he graduated from Yıldız University’s Surveying-Restoration Department and became an architect. Architect and calligrapher, Ali Toy focused on calligraphic studies in parallel with his architectural education. In 1988, Prof. Dr. Ali Alparslan awarded him the title of Calligrapher. He continues his calligraphic work with a focus on Ta'lik, Divani and Rik. He has taken part in many exhibitions, both locally and abroad. Apart from these, he has held 28 personal exhibitions. To date, he has won 5 awards in 3 international competitions. He was also worthy of various awards in competitions organized by IRCICA. He continues his studies at the Ali Toy Art Center. Ali Toy continues to work on his calligraphy alongside his architectural and restoration professional work. Toy's modern calligraphy includes elements of design, technique and commentary.