Türkan is a young master of classical Turkish kemenche. He plays
improvisational as well as the Ottoman classical music repertoire.
Türkan was born in Istanbul, Turkey in 1973. He
grew up in a musical family and his first music lessons were with the
well known Turkish cellist Firat Kiziltug. Türkan attended and graduated
from the Turkish Music Conservatory Instruments Education Department of
the Istanbul Technical University, where he studied with Ihsan
Özgen, an internationally recognized Turkish musician. In 1990,
Türkan was invited to perform as a guest musician by the Turkish
Cultural Ministry's Istanbul National Turkish Music Ensemble, directed
by Necdet Yasar.
In 1993 Türkan worked as a guest musician at Turkish
Radio Television, Istanbul Radio division for one year, where he earned
outstanding praise. He worked alongside such master musicians as Alâeddin
Yavasça, Bekir Sidki Sezgin, Niyazi Sayin, and Erol Deran. During
this time, he performed at many concerts both nationally and internationally
with well known groups such as the Necdet
Yasar Ensemble, and Ihsan Özgen`s Anatolia.
Türkan has given many concerts in the United
States, France, Germany, Finland, Italy, Spain, Holland, Belgium,
Poland, Greece, Israel and many other countries in addition to his native
In 1996, Türkan performed with Turkish ney player
Kudsi Ergüner at Yehudi Menuhin`s 80th birthday celebration concerts,
organized by French President Jacques Chirac, as an invited musician.
Türkan also has toured and recorded with Kudsi Ergüner's various
ensembles. Some of these projects include Ottoman Drums, Ottamania, IslamBlues
and La Banda Allaturka.
Like his teacher Ihsan
Özgen, Türkan aims to follow and develop the teachings of
one of this century's genius musicians, Tanburi Cemil Bey, and today continues
to work on different projects in his music career with this goal in mind.
Ahenk - Volume
1, Ahenk -
Volume 2, Letter
from Istanbul and "Minstrel's Era" are consequent steps towards Türkan's goal.