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He was born in Istanbul in 1964. When he was 10, he started his music career at Besiktas Musiki Cemiyeti which was then led by a significant musician, Radife Erten.  He continued playing the lute until he was admitted by the Istanbul Technical University Turkish Music State Conservatory in 1981.  In the conservatory, he was trained by very successful musicians such as Ömer Şatıroğlu for the lute and Hüsnü Özenen, Nejat Tekebaş and Zafer Köke for the cello. Between the years 1985 and 1995, he worked as a professor in the same conservatory.  He then won the professional stringed instrument musician audition which was held by the Turkish Radio and Television (TRT) in 1985.  Besides cello, playing lute and bass kemenche. He has given numerous solo concerts and with bands such as Bosphorus, Anadolu Feneri, Sarband etc. and spoken at various seminars all around the world. He also contributed to the soundtracks of many movies and documentaries.  He prepared the musical content of “Last Ottomans” documentary, the TV show “ Back room of the History”, Canadian made movie “Snow”, and “Danube” documentary, jingles of Haberturk TV channel and all the musical content of a news chanel, AHaber, in 2011.

In 2005, launched his first solo album “Cello Unveils Anatolian Spirit” where he used cello outside of its traditional use in Western Classical music and gave examples from the music of various cultures of Anatolia. His first solo concert was on March 2001 in Rotterdam and Amsterdam within the “Turkey now” festival. He then gave concerts in Antwerpen, Belgium and Den Haag, Holland.  He launched his second solo album “Cello Invocations” in 2008, that included various religious songs. He founded Alaturka Records in 2009 along with important artist to continue the type of music of the vinyl records era. Within the frame of Istanbul 2010 European Capital of Culture events, he directed the Darü’l-Elhan Külliyatı which was fully recorded for the first time in history. He is awarded Itri Classical Turkish Music Rewards Turkish Music Project of the Year with Alaturka Records Project in 2013. Very first album Of Alaturka Records, “Girizgah” is released. He performed two concerts at Zorlu Center PSM,  ”Girizgah” launch concert and SIR concert with Okan Bayulgen’s presentation due to Şeb-i Arus, and released the next album “Meydan” in 2015. Apart from the projects albums, he released his third solo album “Chess of Cello” taking the audience to a chess party held with different characters in Istanbul and Europe of 16th and 17th Century. Turkish Airlines started using his compliation during 2015 in plane fleet during boarding and taxi. Besides his position in TRT, he has been continueing to present his work and produce new music to reach out more people in the world.