Workshop's Teachers
The teachers that are currently participating in the Workshop's activities

ChicoCihan Türkoğlu was born in Turkey in 1983 and he began studying the Turkish folk lute known as bağlama (saz) when he was 14 years old. At the age of 17 he received third prize for his performing skills in a regional music competition and, at the age of 18, commenced his studies in classical at the Marmara University in Istanbul focusing on the cello. At the university he had the opportunity to study harmony, choral music, piano, music history, orchestration, traditional Turkish music and dances, and cello.

Kelly PrincessKelly Thoma, has been studying the Lyra with Sympathetic strings alongside Ross Daly since 1995. This means that she has worked intensively on the repertoire, the sound quality, as well as the future possibilities of this instrument.

ManwlakisGiorgos Manolakis was born in Heraklion, Crete in 1982. He started practicing the laouto at the age of 8 under the guidance of his father, Kostas Manolakis, who was one of the foremost laouto players of his generation. 

Hooshan FAHooshang Farahani was born (1967) in Farahan (the central province of Iran).
He is a graduate of Psychology, Educational science and Ethnomusicology (Art University of Tehran). He has started learning Tar and Setar at a young age and later has continued with the music composition.

ΜάνοςManos Achalinotopoulos, considered by critics, composers and musicologists as the best clarinet performer of the new generation in Greece. He has traveled playing clarinet, cawal, shawm and flutes in more than 20 countries all over the world, while participating in concerts and Festivals of great prestige. What makes him so special is the mixing of the traditional style of playing the clarinet and its special idioms with Jazz, Balkan Ethnic style and influences of the western music.


Murat Aydemir is one of Turkey's finest tanbur players. He has successfully managed to integrate all of the knowledge and experience of the older generation of master tanbur players together with new techniques and ideas in a particularly harmonious and tasteful style.


Bijan Chemirani, learned to play the zarb with his father Djamchid Chemirani and his brother Keyvan. Encouraged by them, he began at a very early age to work in concert and make recordings with musicians such as Ross Daly, Dariush Talai, Ballaké Sissoko, Jean Guihen Queyras, Sylvain Luc, Sting, Socrates Sinopoulos, Serge Teyssot Gai, Renaud Garcia Fons. Living in Marseille, Bijan is in close contact with the Mediterranean culture and with that of Occitania. His open mind enables him to increase his capacities constantly.



Christos Barbas is a multi-instrumentalist and composer, focusing mainly on woodwind instruments, but also piano, singing, studying traditional, classical and spiritual musics from around the world and composing new music.

KouloumisMichalis Kouloumis, has collaborated and performed with some of the most important representatives of the Mediterranean music scene. He currently teaches Violin, Makam theory and Modal Improvisation at Codarts, University for the Arts in Rotterdam.


Ahmet Erdoğdular started studying music at an early age with his father, neyzen Ömer Erdoğdular, and continued his musical development with the guidance of the renowned musician Niyazi Sayın. He participated in various concerts as a lead singer while still a teenager. Ahmet holds a BA degree from the Istanbul Technical University State Conservatory where he also completed his Masters degree in Turkish Classical Music under the guidance of Professor Alaeddin Yavaşça.

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