Dr. Seçkin DERVIS:
"His music teacher told his father he did not have
by Ekrem YESILADA
Dervis read his poem accompany with the Mendelssohn
Glee Club Orkestra
as 'World Premiere' in
New York on December 4th 2001.
On 29th September 1940, Seckin Dervis was born as the
first child of Dervis Akbilen, a merchant in Arasta,
(a trade quarter in Nicosia) and Jalefer Sifa, a retired
elementary school teacher. After his elementary education
he graduated from th college section of the Turkish
Lycee. He then attended Medical School in Istanbul,
in Cyprus as a phyisitian for a year after graduation
from the Medicial School and then went to US to start
his residency in plastic surgery. After completion of
his residency, he has stayed in Manhattan to commence
his practice of medicine.
heavy work load, he has never neglected the island where
he was born and grew up, Cyprus. This can be seen in
his social activities with his Cypriot and Turkish friends,
including political participation in the "Turkish
Lobby" to the great benefit of the Turkish cause.
When we look
at his interest in the Traditional Turkish Music and
poetry , recalls his disappointment, in his early youth,
when he wanted to play the violin. His music teacher
told his father he did not have musical talent!...
the effects of his event, and the heavy responsibilities
he had first during his education and later on his career,
he has not been writing poetry or producing music. However,
as of 1999, we have witnessed some important developments
in his life.
In July 1999,
he has come to Cyprus to visit his loved ones, as he
often does. The emotions in him started to flow like
a flood, initially when he wrote his poems "Girne
Limani (Kyrenia Harbor), followed by "Lefkose Ruzgari"
(The Wind of Nicosia) and "Gunah Treni" (Train
with our country's well-known composer and musician,
Ulus Yesilada, composed these three poems in the Tradational
Turkish Music and had taped them to have his close friends
to listen to.
upon his return to New York, gaining courage from the
attention his work had received, has continued to write
new poems and has composed his fourth song "Asik
Siirleri" (Lovers' Poems).
2000, he has composed and taped his song "Bulbul"
(Nightingale) and "Gibisin" (You are like
that), again with the assistance of Ulus Yesilada.
Dervis stated that he would never forget his friends'
surprise during the Turkish-American Medicial Association's
Yearly Ball at Hilton Hotel, in New York, last year.
That night, the band has played his piece Kyrenia Harbor,
which must have been the best gift to be given to a
We have witnessed
that, within 16 months, Dr. Dervis have composed five
Turkish Art Music, three Folk Music and two Tangos,
a total of ten pieces.
also composed his latest poem "Tribute To Libery",
which was performed as "World Premiere" by
The Mendelssohn Glee Club Orkestra and read by Dr. Seckin
in New York City, on December 4th, 2002,