Babür Tongur roots his composition upon tonal gravity, seriality, modality and subjectivity. He organizes his musical storytelling in time and space through metamorphosis and contrasts of stage. He brings together the rhythmic and serial characteristics of differing times and places in his works, especially, the Mediterranean and Anatolian cultures and their musical characteristics. And sometimes he writes his own lyrics and librettos.
Babür Tongur has composed chamber music, opera, solos, and for orchestra, dance and for theater. His compositions have been played in Turkey, Europe and North America and a multitude of his compositions have been on various CDs. He also has conducted and become the music director of many concerts, operas and various stage performances.
Babür Tongur has won the ‘Istanbul State Conservatory Composition Prize’ on 1985 with his Viola-Piano Sonata, and in 1987 ‘Dilligil Stage Music Prize’ with his Macbeth Stage Music, and in 1988, has won the ‘ENKA Prize’ with his composition ‘Grand-grandmother and the Crow’ Choir composition.
Babür Tongur was born in 1955, and started his musical education in 1959 in Istanbul State Conservatory under piano and violin. He became a boarder student in the year of 1966 as a violin student and finished junior high as a boarder student in 1969. Babür Tongur became a graduate of high school in 1974 from the Ankara State Conservatory. He graduated from Mimar Sinan University of Fine Arts Conservatory in 1981 with a composition diploma as he had studied under Ahmed Adnan Saygun, in 1983 he attained a Master diploma from the same institution, and in 1985 won the qualification exams for his Ethnomusicology Doctorate. In 1987, he won the qualification exams for his Composition Doctorate and qualification in fine arts diploma.
Babür Tongur has done field research in rural areas of Turkey as well demographic research. His papers have been accepted in various conventions and symposiums about composition, musicology, and education of music.
Babür Tongur has written, updated and improved the syllabus of several universities and schools; these syllabus such as that of solfege, audition (hearing), Music Theory, Harmony, Counterpoint for Education of Music Teachers. In 1983 created and put in work the Mimar Sinan State Conservatory of Fine Arts University’s solfege, audition, harmony, counterpoint, figured bass/partimenti/figured harmony, modal music, composition, musical analysing, rhythmic, correpetition, score reading, score playing. In 1993, General Music Education and audition (hearing) programs of ENKA School.
Between 1979 and 1991 he has conducted orchestras and performances in Istanbul, and Ankara State Theatres as music director for various plays. Babür Tongur has taught in Marmara University between 1979 and 1981, and in Bilkent University from 1989 to 1991 he thought. He conducted the Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University’s Orchestra as well as teaching various courses in the University from 1979 to 2007. Since 2009, he lives and continues to compose his music in Canada.
Calgary, August 2013
A A Saygun, A Timucin, C Franck, E Saydam, E Z Un, G Dandelot, G Reusch, H Challan, H Saydam, J Gallon, M C Higney, M Sun, N Gallon. M Bitsch, N Karatekin, V d'Indy, P Maurice, P Lantier, H Reber. Y Desportes, E Pozzoli, F Fontain, F Fenerolli, R O Morris, Yvonne Lorriot, O Messiaen, M C B Patier, M D Guillemin,