Derya Turkan

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Derya Turkan

Derya is a leading master of classical Turkish kemenche (classical lyra). His impeccable technique together with his highly poignant improvisations (taksim), and a creative interpretation of complex Turkish classical compositions reveal him to be a passionate storyteller and a sophisticated artist.

He grew up in a musical family and his first music lessons were with the well-known Turkish cellist Firat Kiziltug. Türkan graduated from the Instruments Education Department at the Istanbul Technical University State Conservatory, where he studied with Ihsan Özgen, an internationally recognized Turkish musician. He is a musician at the Turkish Radio Television, where he started alongside master musicians such as Alâeddin Yavasça, Bekir Sidki Sezgin, Niyazi Sayin, and Erol Deran. He also performed internationally with the Necdet Yasar Ensemble, and Ihsan Özgen`s Anatolia. In 1996 Türkan performed with Turkish ney player Kudsi Ergüner at Yehudi Menuhin`s 80th birthday celebration concert, organized by the French President Jacques Chirac. Türkan also toured and recorded with Kudsi Ergüner’s various ensembles. Some of these projects include Ottoman Drums, Ottomania, IslamBlues and La Banda Allaturka. He is also a founding member of group Incesaz, and collaborates with artists of different musical genres, among them Jordi Savall, Renaud Garcia-Fons, and Kayhan Kalhor. His music was featured in Ben Affleck’s Argo (2012) soundtrack. Like his teacher Ihsan Özgen, Türkan is artistically following the musical lineage of Tanburi Cemil Bey, and his various projects reflect this direction, in particular recent albums: Ahenk – Volume 1& 2 and Letter from Istanbul.

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