Presentations & Teaching

The Emergence of Music as a "Profession" in Turkey

Lecture for the British Institute at Ankara, 2022

In the early 20th century, the choir’s introduction to Turkish classical music-making was seen to support broader social reforms aimed at modernizing self-Westernization. Turkish classical music choirs have since created new models of musical patronage, transmission, and sociality, as well as a new class of “professional” musician with economic power and cultural influence. Now, musicians instrumentalize the concepts “profesyonel” (“professional”) and “amatör” (“amateur”) as status markers to enforce a hierarchy that arbitrates which musicians have enough status to transmit a form of national culture. This lecture seeks to demonstrate longstanding modes of musical engagement that defy categorization within an amateur-professional dichotomy as well as how music’s professionalization serves a role within a broader nation-building project. 

Alnadi Podcast: Guest Interview

Episode 104: "Seeking the Meaning of One's Own," 2023

I was the invited guest on Alnadi Podcast, where host Fadil Al Turki and I discussed my journey as a violinist trained in Western and Turkish classical music traditions. We talked about learning music in different cultures and the joys and challenges of "switching religions," musically speaking. The episode is available on YouTube, SoundCloud, and other podcast streaming apps. 

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