Name and Surname of the Academic:

Serkan Mesut Halili

Title, Department:

Asst. Prof. Dr. / Instrumental Performance

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Bachelor’s degree/Masters/ Doctorate:

Graduate Studies in Arts: Haliç University, Institute for Social Sciences , Turkish Music, 2018;
Master of Arts: Haliç University, Institute for Social Sciences, Turkish Music, 2013;
Bachelor of Arts: İTÜ, TMDK, Instrumental Performance, 2008

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After completing the Instrumental Education Department of the ITU State Turkish Music Conservatory, Halili went on to graduate from the advanced program of the same department, studying Kanun with M. İhsan ÖZER and Prof. Şehvar BEŞİROĞLU.

Then he went onto the Turkish Music Department of Haliç University Social Sciences Institute, where he completed his Master’s degree and DMA (Doctor of Musical Arts) with Prof. Erol Deran. (2017)

From 2008-2010 he performed on the kanun with the Turkish Music Ensemble of the Istanbul Municipal City Orchestra, and still serves on the teaching faculty of the ITU State Turkish Music Conservatory, Instrument Performing Dept. since 2009.

He has taken part in many concerts and projects including the SUFI | BACH, Jazz Caravanserai, Istanbul Oriental Ensemble projects with Burhan ÖCAL between 2008-2015.

He played in the orchestra for the Mozart’s Opera “Saray: Mozart alla Turca” in Vienna (2006).

He performed in the “Symphony and Hymns” project which is created by Oğuzhan Balcı and played by Çukurova State Symphony Orchestra under conducting Emin Güven Yaşlıçam. ITU Chamber Orchestra, the Istanbul Philharmonic Orchestra and the Bursa State Symphony Orchestra are other orchestras he played with. He performed in CD projects with the Istanbul Turkish Classical Music Ensemble (2005).

In 2009 he performed world premier of first symphonic piece -Istanbul Memories- which is written for kanun. Piece was written by conductor and composer Oğuzhan BALCI, it’s played in Young Euro Classic Festival, Berlin Konzert-Haus under conducting Cem Mansur.

Since 2012 he joined as a member “Kudsi Erguner Ensemble” and performed Brasil, Norway, Belgium, Lebanon,Azerbaijan, Singapore, Croatia and Japan

He recorded cd in Germany with “ECHO CLASSIC” award winner “Pera Ensemble” and performed Germany, Croatia and Norway.

In 2013-2014 he accompanied world-renowned violinist André RIEU's "And the Waltz Goes on Tour" concert in Istanbul.

In 2014 he was a member of a group created by Polish and Turkish musicians. And played "Szymanowski ad Orientem” for 600th Anniversary of the Establishment of Diplomatic Relations between Turkey and Poland.

He accompanied well-known Turkish composer and pianist Fazıl SAY Japan Tour 2014. He played Japan Premiere “Istanbul Symphony” with Tokyo Symphony Orchestra

In the same year he performed again SAY’s “Istanbul Symphony” with “Brandenburg Staatsorchester”, conducted by Howard GRIFFITHS.

In 2015, he was invited by Qatar Music Academy (QMA) to Doha which is supported by Qatar Foundation, he gave workshops and masterclasses.

Again in the same year, performed concert with well-known Armenian traditional folk music singer Onnik Dinkjian and oud player Ara Dinkjian in Diyarbakır, Berlin, Wuppertal and İstanbul.

Participated in grand opening ceremony of “Diyanet Center of America”, is organized and built by The Republic of Turkey in US / Washington - Maryland. (2016-April)

With "L'Arte Del Mondo" orchestra collaboration, Mozart's "Die Entführung Aus Dem Serail" (Abduction from the Seraglio) in representation of the opera performed with Turkish music group "Pera Ensemble", in Leipzig and Leverkusen. (August-September 2016)

He was the guest artist for France concerts with French chamber music group which name is “Ensemble Variances” in 2017.

Beside playing Kanun in classical style in Turkish and Ottoman music, Halili has also expanded Kanun play in unconventional style including but not limited to contemporary and western classical music, ladino, rembetico. He continues to experiencing and experimenting the usage of Kanun in various music styles including jazz, pop etc. in his atelier.