Cem Özçelik is a member of that group of composers whom one can encounter on Soundcloud – if one has time and patience enough to wander about there a bit. Just as on Youtube, though in a somewhat different way, there’s such an abundance of talent to be met with in unexpected or unsuspected corners, although in this audio-only domain, amongst those musicians who’ve found one another even over great distances, the bonds of camaraderie may be still tighter.

Be that as it may: Özçelik is completing his musical studies in Istanbul, and has already been honored to have a recent composition performed by the Mivos Quartet while it was in that city on a visit. And in his spare time he maintains a website, a Youtube channel, and a Facebook page – now why does this sound familiar? – by the name of the Contemporary Classical Music Database, where many lesser-known recordings may be perused at one’s convenience.

The following are some of his pieces.

“Walking Through the Park at Night”:

“Crazy Things”:

“Cross Words, I” (andante con fuoco):



And “Zoon” (it’s the transliteration of the Greek “ζώων” (life or form of life), as in the term “ζώων πολιτικών”):