- Münir Nurettin Beken
(b Istanbul, Oct 27, 1931). Turkish composer and pianist. She studied the piano with Rana Erksan and composition with Cemal Reşit Rey in Istanbul, then with Rodrigo and Tansman in Spain and Levy, Wissmer, Daniel-Lesur and Aubin in Paris. Her career as a concert pianist has included many radio and TV appearances and concerts in Europe, the USA and the former USSR, as well as in Turkey. Her most important works, Pastorale (1963) and Capriccio (1998), are both for piano and orchestra. One of the leading first-generation women composers in Turkey, Koptagel's compositions have won awards in Turkey and in Europe.