In March of 2021, Mr. Tokgozol was named the Music Director of New York Ataturk Chorus. Mr. Tokgozol prepares the chorus and the orchestra for public performances. Born in Samsun, Turkey, Fuat Caner Tokgozol started his music studies at the age of 6 with “oud”, a Turkish classical music instrument. Mr.Tokgozol studied piano and vocal performance at the Samsun State Conservatory. Among his accomplishments, Mr. Tokgozol has performed oud and piano at the Turkish Radio and Television Network (TRT), the national broadcaster of Turkey and its most treasured music institution and maintains thriving artistic relationships with TRT’s great orchestras and musicians. Since his move to New York City in 2007, Mr. Tokgozol has served as the Music Producer for many music projects assuming the overall creative and technical control. His artistic partnership with a diverse group of musicians representing various genres has resulted in many acclaimed and successful albums including A night in Tunusia with Tom Mc Carey, Ove Covoma with Husnu Senlendirici and Journey with Hasan Isakkut. He has performed in numerous live performances with accomplished artists including Husnu Senlendirici (Gipsy Music Festival), Adam Birnbaum (World Jazz Festival), and Alex Billtown (Out of the Box Music Festival).
Led by Fuat Caner Tokgozol, New York Ataturk Chorus rehearses year-round on a weekly basis and performs in concert venues. The Chorus is comprised entirely of excellent volunteer singers all of whom live in the New York City area. Most members have had previous music training and choir experience. Every year the chorus welcomes new members with a passion to music. We work with talented musicians who play traditional Turkish instruments such as kanoon, oud, kemence, clarinet, and darbuka. Some of the musicians that we work with include Ara Dinkjian, Ismail Lumanovski, Yuri Yunakov, Tamer Pinarbasi, Umut Yasmut and Cenap Turk. We are always searching for creative ways to work with diverse musicians and infuse different genres, instruments and sounds into Turkish music.