Kemence of Istanbul ,Composer
Derya Turkan was born in 1973 in Istanbul. He graduated from the Turkish State Conservatory of Istanbul, in 1994. By the age of 17, his accomplishment on the kemenche brought an invitation to join the Necdet Yasar Ensemble, with whom he performed and toured for eight years.
In 1991, Türkan met Kudsi Ergüner with whom he worked on several projects (Ottomania, Ottoman Drums, La Banda Allaturca, Chemins) and toured throughout the world, including Europe, the United States, Japan, Israel, Tunisia, and Sudan.
In the United States of America, he gave concerts and seminars at Harvard University, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, University of California at Santa Cruz and New England Conservatory.
In 1997, he performed at the Sorbonne for the celebration of Yehudi Menuhin’s 80th birthday organized by French President Jacques Chirac.
He was a co-founder of Incesaz along with Cengiz Onursal and Murat Aydemir.
Türkan collaborates with a wide range of musicians and has performed throughout the world. He recorded the album “Fuad” with Armenian duduk maestro Jivan Gasparyan. In 2014 he released Silk Moon, recorded with Renaud García-Fons.
In 2020, Türkan appeared on Damir Imamović’s Singer of Tales album.