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Özdal Orhon

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Özdal Orhon (1941-1986) was a Turkish singer, specialising in Turkish classical music, but with a repertoire extending well beyond that genre.

Orhon, née Özdal Kale, was born in Istanbul on 25th December 1941. Her musical ability was spotted at primary school, and at the age of eleven she joined Radife Ertenhe’s musical ensemble, with which she received her first formal musical training. As a result of her clear talent, at the age of thirteen she left school for the Istanbul Municipal Conservatory, where she studied for five years under theoretician Şefik Gürmeriç and singer Münir Nurettin Selçuk.

After graduation from the Conservatory, she began working for Radio Istanbul in 1960, and joined the Musical Ensemble of the Municipal Conservatory in 1961. In 1968 she married leading kemençe player Cüneyd Orhon. Aside from many years performing and recording, Orhon taught music at the State Conservatory of Turkish Music from 1976 to 1986.

She died on 27th August 1986, at the age of forty-four.

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