Nağme Yarkın was born in a family, full of generations of musicians. When she was three, she started to study piano. In addition to her primary school classes, in 1990 at the age of five, she was accepted at Istanbul University Conservatory’s piano department.
In 1996, she started to study at the Istanbul Technical University (ITU) Turkish Music State Conservatory. She selected “Kamancheh of Istanbul” (the Classical Kamancheh / Lyra) as her main instrument and she has played Kamancheh since the age of eleven. During her secondary education, she gave a lot of concerts in the school and various concert halls, primarily in Istanbul.
In 2003, Nağme Yarkın started the Composition Department at ITU Turkish Music State Conservatory. Furthermore, in 2005, she started as a Kamancheh player at TRT Turkish Music Young Ensemble. Moreover, she was qualified to go to Estonia with the Erasmus Program in 2008. She studied at the Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre during a semester. While she has been studying there, she had given some conferences about Turkish Music. After she graduated from ITU Turkish Music State Conservatory, she started to teach in the same university.
In 2009, she started her Master’s degree at the Istanbul University State Conservatory at the composition department, and graduated with a thesis in ‘Film Music and Differences in Interpretation’.
Currently, Ms. Yarkın is a Ph.D. student in the same department since the year 2013. Also, she has been a Research Assistant and a Kamancheh player in the Turkish Music Orchestra of the Istanbul University State Conservatory since 2012.
Besides, since she attended the conservatory, she has given many concerts. Sometimes she was a soloist, sometimes in a band, she has given many concerts at universities and important concert halls in Turkey and abroad in countries like the USA, the Netherlands, Tunisia, France, and Belgium. She played with Andre Rieu 3 concerts in ‘Andre Rieu World Tour’ concerts. In addition, she played in soprano Romina Basso’s album “Voices de Safarad”. Nağme Yarkın is also a member of ‘Music for Peace’ project for which they gave concerts in Istanbul and Batumi.
In 2016, her pianist brother Baturay Yarkın and she established the world music group “Yarkın Duo” and they had many concerts in Istanbul, USA, Georgia, Italy and the Netherlands. Their first album “One” was published in September 2017.
In 2017, they have accepted to Silkroad Global Musician Workshop in Indianapolis and they played with amazing musicians such as Master Wu Man, Shane Shanahan, Bassam Saba, Guru Sandeep Das, Edward Perez, Mike Block. Also they were invited by Silkroad Global Musiciand Workshop in 2018 to give a concert and two workshops about Turkish Music.
Moreover in April 2018, they gave a concert at Boston University and workshops at Berklee College of Music.
In February of 2018, she went to Italy / Pavia for three months to study about her Ph.D. thesis on ‘Concerto Grosso for Turkish Traditional Instruments and Orchestra’ whereby she is also composing new pieces of music related to this subject. She studied with Prof. Ugo Nastrucci about her thesis. Ms. Yarkın gave a workshop about Turkish music as well. Her concerts and compositions still continue. Currently, she is writing her Ph.D. dissertation.
Her grandfather Kâmuran Yarkın is a famous composer and tambour player in Turkish music. Her mother and her father graduated from Istanbul Technic University Turkish Music State Conservatory in 1983. Her two uncles also graduated from the same conservatory.
Her father Fahrettin Yarkın retired from TRT (Turkish Radio and Television) as a Turkish percussionist in 2013. Also, he has been giving numerous concerts, workshops, and playing CDs. He established the first rhythm group of Turkey; Yarkın Rhythm Group in 1994. He played with the very important musicians in the world, such important names for Turkish music, Indian music, Spanish music. For example, Jordi Savall, Jack DeJohnette, Andre Rieu, Çinuçen Tanrıkorur, Bekir Sıdko Sezgin, Kâni Karaca. And he wrote “The Usul in Turkish Music” book in three languages.
Her mother Füsun Yarkın retired from teaching music. Her pianist brother Baturay Yarkın got a classic training at Istanbul University’s piano department. After taking his Master’s degree in Composition at ITU Conservatory, now he is doing his doctoral study in the Jazz department at Istanbul University State Conservatory.
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