Murat Aydemir


Murat Aydemir was born on October 23, 1971 in Hanover, Germany. In 1982, he started his studies at İstanbul Technical University Turkish Music Government Conservatory. During his studies at the Conservatory, which lasted for ten years, he studied tanbur with Necip Gülses and in 1992 he graduated from Instrument Education Department. 

During 1989, he was a member of Cultural Ministry's İstanbul Government Classical Turkish Music Ensemble as a guest musician, whose general artistic director was Dr. Necdet Yasar. He had opportunities to perform in concerts with masters of Turkish music such as Bekir Sidki Sezgin, Alaeddin Yavasca, Inci Cayirli, Erol Deran, İhsan Özgen, Cinucen Tanrikorur and Necdet Yasar.

Aydemir recorded Ahenk - Volume 1 (1977) and Ahenk - Volume 2 (2007), collection of instrumental compositions and improvisations with Derya Türkan (kemençe) for Golden Horn Records in the United States. Subsequently, Kalan released these albums in Turkey. Duo performed during a nationwide concert tour with eight concerts in Germany in 2003 and with seven concerts in the State of California in the United States during September 2005.


In 2002, Aydemir recorded another duo album, Nevâ which was released in Turkey by Kaf Müzik and later by Golden Horn Records for worldwide release. In this recording, he was joined by ney (reed flute) player Salih Bilgin. Duo performed three concerts at Smithsonian Institute in Washington DC as part of museum’s exhibition on Ottoman costumes. In 2009, Aydemir performed again at the Smithsonian Institute with Neva Özgen and Lux Musica Ensemble, presenting works by Cantemir.

Aydemir is also a member of Cantemir Ensemble, which was formed in 1999. Next year, this ensemble recorded two albums to accompany Prof. Dr. Yalcin Tura’s translation of "Kantemiroglu Edvari", published by Yapi Kredi Culture and Art Publications in Turkey. Aydemir performed in concerts, seminars and symposiums with the Cantemir Ensemble.

"Mizrabin Nefesi" is another group that Murat Aydemir is a member of which gave its first public performance in 2003. Kalan released group's debut album in 2007.

Since 1997, he has been working with İncesaz, a group that was founded by Cengiz Onural, Derya Türkan and Murat Aydemir. İncesaz's seven released albums include "Eski Nisan (Aged April)", "İkinci Bahar (Second Spring)", "Eylül Sarkilari (September Songs)", "İstanbul'a Dair (About İstanbul)", "Mazi Kalbimde (Cherishing Bygone Days)", "Elif" and "Kalbimdeki Deniz (Sea In My Heart)". Aydemir's music and compositions also accompany many TV series and documentaries. İncesaz performs many of Murat Aydemir's compositions in these recordings. Aydemir also plays lavta, another stringed instrument. His solo tanbur album was released in 2008 in Turkey by Kalan.

Since 1990, Aydemir has been a member of Cultural Ministry's İstanbul Government Classical Turkish Music Chorus as a tanbur player. He has performed in many concerts in Turkey and abroad with this group. In 2004, Murat Aydemir married Esra Ertüre and currently resides in İstanbul.