Sadrettin Özçimi, the famous ney player, was born in Konya in 1955. He considers himself fortunate to have been born into a family that deeply appreciates both music culture and Anatolia's Sufi culture.
The artist stated that his father, Fevzi Özçimi, who drew
attention to his love for music, was a student of Sadettin Kaynak and Münir
Özçimi emphasized that he began playing the ney (reed flüte)
with the ney he received as a gift from Ney performer Halil Can's father. He
stated, "I was around 16 years old when my father handed me a ney. When I
was around 18 years old, the late ney player Arif Biçer came to Konya as a
teacher. We worked with him for about two years. He later returned to Ankara.
Thanks to Arif Hodja (teacher), I made a lot of progress during those two
years. In 1971, I participated in the Mevlana commemoration ceremony held in
Konya as the youngest ney player. Since that date, I had the opportunity to
meet all the accomplished musicians who came from Istanbul, including Aka
The artist mentioned that he learned to read sheet music
from his father and emphasized that music was constantly played in their home
during his childhood. He stated the following:
"I used to participate in musical gatherings every
year. My relationship with Aka Gündüz Kutbay Hodja progressed. Istanbul
Technical University Conservatory was the first Turkish music conservatory in
the history of the republic. It was very difficult for me to be aware of it in
Konya under the communication conditions of those days. The late Aka Gündüz
Kutbay managed to reach my father's phone. Through his notification, I found
myself in Istanbul. I came to the conservatory in 1976 and received education
here until 1980. I believe it was the second year of the conservatory when
there was a need for an instrument in the first Turkish music choir established
by Nevzat Atlığ in the history of the republic. The late Necdet Yaşar informed
me about it. I came, took the exams, and had the opportunity to study and work
in the classical choir."
The artist Sadrettin Özçimi mentioned that in the 1980s,
they also gave concerts abroad upon various invitations. He said, "UNESCO
and Necdet Yaşar invited me to an international music conference they organized
at a university in South Korea and later in England. Necdet Yaşar planned to go
with a ney and a tambur. He took me along, and we first went to South Korea. It
was not common to find a Turk in South Korea in the 1980s. We performed two concerts
Özçimi expressed that he retired from his position as a ney
player in the Istanbul State Classical Turkish Music Choir under the Ministry
of Culture and Tourism in 2020.
The artist Sadrettin Özçimi also provided advice for young
people who aspire to develop themselves, stating, "Today, I don't believe
that conservatories achieve great things. Musicians are not nurtured within the
conservatory but outside of it. I am not hopeless about the youth. Although
there may be a significant number of young people who adopt a lifestyle that
does not belong to us under the influence of popular culture, there are also
many young people who are conscious and aware of the situation. The conscious
youth, who are aware of their culture, will develop themselves, while the youth
under the pressure of popular culture will eventually move away due to
dissatisfaction. Because one day, that lifestyle will no longer satisfy them.
Therefore, they will start searching for themselves. Many of those who search
find the truth within themselves. The important thing is for them to start
searching within their own essence."