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Necil Kâzım Akses (May 6, 1908, Istanbul – February 16, 1999, Ankara, Turkey) studied in Vienna with Joseph Marx and in Prague with Josef Suk and Alois Hába. He helped co-found the Ankara Conservatory with Paul Hindemith and also directed the institution himself for a while. Together with Cemal Reşid Rey, Ulvi Cemal Erkin, Ahmet Adnan Saygun, and Ferid Alnar, Akses belonged to a group called The Turkish Five (alluding to the Russian Five), who were the first Turkish composers to… read more

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