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Praised by the Washington Post  as a “major talent of international caliber”, for  Şirin Pancaroğlu,  discovering a variety of musical identities for the harp is a central endeavor. Trained as a classical musician, the leading harpist of Turkey is equally active in the realm of Turkish traditional music, improvisation, electronic music, tango and semi-staged performances as she is in mainstream harp repertoire to which she contributes with new works commissioned for her. Regular collaborations with performers and composers of diverse backgrounds have led Pancaroğlu to cross boundaries between musical styles often resulting in music that has been perceived as opening the path to new genres.

Recognized for her thorough interpretative skills and multifaceted personality, Şirin Pancaroğlu has been touring with four large collaborative projects since 2011, namely Elişi (Handcraft), Çengnağme (The Song of the Çeng), Cafe Tango and her sufi music band Şimdi Ensemble. Ever since her return to Istanbul in 2000, she has been in search of her roots, connecting them with sophisticated taste to her worldly ideas, a glimpse of which she promises to share in her concerts. Her work on unearthing the historical Turco-Ottoman harp called the “çeng”, as well her dedication to traditional and contemporary Turkish music have earned Şirin a unique place in the history of performers in Turkey. In 2013 she has started to collaborate with singer and composer of Turkish music, Bora Uymaz, with whom she has founded Şimdi Ensemble. Together they have released three albums, “Çengnağme”, “Cafe Tango” and “Eternal Love”. Pancaroğlu has been motivated to compose under the guidance of Uymaz, leading to a third prize in the 2014 Altın Elma Turkish Music Composition Contest.

Born in 1968 in Ankara, Şirin completed the European part of her education at the Geneva Conservatory and subsequently received a Master’s degree from Indiana University Jacob’s School of Music in USA. She released her first recording A String of Longing in 1988 followed by Under the Shooting Star, Barokarp, Old World – New World, Harmonies of Istanbul, Handcraft, Resonating Universes, Çengnağme, Cafe Tango and Eternal Love. She has has performed at international festivals and concert series in UK, France, Belgium, Netherlands, Denmark, Sweeden, Germany, Serbia, Kosovo, Korea, Japan, Australia, Singapore, Malaysia, China, and Azerbeijan. In 2015 she was invited by Indiana University First Lady, Laurie Burns McRobbie for a residency at her alma mater, Indiana University Jacob’s School of Music where she participated at the Lotus Festival, taught lectures, gave a career talk and performed a solo recital, her first return to Bloomington in more than 20 years.

Ms. Pancaroğlu is credited for her remarkable efforts to introduce the harp to wider audiences in her native Turkey. Her work as the founder of the Association for the Art of the Harp which she established in 2007 took her into a journey of exploration in the field of non-governmental organizations in Turkey, working with official funds, forming alliances with various other organizations and professionals related to the art and business of music. “A kitchen for harpists”, in her words, the association led her to direct an international festival and put on yearly activities to benefit the exposure of the harp and its local-historical counterpart, the Turco-Ottoman lap harp, the çeng through concerts in a variety of settings for diverse audiences ranging from school to neighbourhood concerts, from TV appearances to concerts in prestigious halls and popular open air summer venues.

Şirin Pancaroğlu is a regular jury member at international harp competitions around the world. A published writer of articles on musical culture in reviews and newspapers, she has been serving on the board of World Harp Congress since 2011. She was presented with an Honorable Mention by the Middle East Technical University Senate, and holds the “Best Virtuoso” Media award of the 19 Mayis University along with an award given by the Contemporary Journalists Association. She is married to Utku Dervent, an artist, and is the mother of a twelve-year old boy. She enjoys walking in nature, cooking, photography, visiting archeological sites and travelling in rural Turkey.

Projects

The Turkish Harp

The use of the harp in conjunction with Turkish music is a subject which has been at the center of my work since...

Collaborations

I am very fond of collaborations because the harp, as one of the oldest instruments has so many identities to unveil.

Composition

Composing, I believe, is a direct result of my performance interests.

Turkish Tango

Tango is more than music and more than dance for me. It is a partial embodiment of family history as well.

The Revival of the Çeng

A tiny Middle-Eastern lap-harp, by the name of çeng which had dissapeared in 17th century is resurrected from its ashes to display its...

Discography

Events

Upcoming Events

Solo Recital at NDS

25 November, 2021 - 20.00 (Notre Dame de Sion French Lycee, Istanbul)

“Yellow Flower”: Premiere at the International Istanbul Music Festival

13 September, 2021 - 20.00 (The Four Seasons Bosphorus, Istanbul)

Past Events

Talk: “Art and Art Education on Digital Platforms”

A talk at the International Women and Justice Summit organized by Kadem on teaching art on digital platforms Date: 27 November, 2021 Time:...

Joint Masterclass with Elzbieta Szmyt

Joint masterclass with Prof Elzbieta Szmyt from Indiana University Jacobs School of Music Date: 17 April, 2021 Time: 17.00 Venue: Online  

Masterclass

It is masterclass time! Date: 06 February, 2021 Time: 17.00 Venue: Online  

Verband des Harfenisten Harp Competition

I will serve on the jury of the national harp competition hosten by the Association of Harpists in Germany Date: 29 April, 2021...

Masterclass

Date: 06 March, 2021 Time: 17.00 Venue: Online  

Online Monthly Masterclass

I am very happy to announce that through an organization of the Association for the Art of the Harp in Istanbul, I am...

New Teaching Events

As of March 2020 I am starting a teaching day monthly in Istanbul, here is more about it

Trio Concert in Çeşme, Turkey

The second concert in the second run of Müştemilat Kumpanya Project, with my killer trio: Tolga on the clarinet and Bora on the...

Solo Recital in Istanbul

Program: Hindemith, Respighi, Albeniz, Granados, Tournier, Bora Uymaz, Solakzade Mehmet Çelebi, Saint-Saens Date: 04 March, 2020 Time: 20.00 Venue: Yerdeğirmeni Kültür ve Sanat...

Trio Concert in Selçuk

I am starting my second run with Müştemilat Kumpanya Project as of February 1st with a concert in Selçuk, Turkey. I will be...

Concert in Beydag, Izmir

The fifth in a series of six recitals as part of the Müştemilat Kumpanya series. Date: 23 November, 2019 Time: 19.00 Venue: Beydağ...

Concert in Bursa

A concert in two parts; first a solo, followed by a second part dedicated to Bora Uymaz’s new compositions based on poems of...

Teaching

Teaching

My greatest aim is to build self-learning in students.

Outreach

Ouch. It seems we can’t find what you’re looking for.

Media

Videos

An Old Postcard

An Old Postcard

Music in Schools in Turkey

Music in Schools in Turkey

G. Faure / Une Chatelaine en sa Tour

G. Faure / Une Chatelaine en sa Tour

Spanish Dance

Spanish Dance

“Stage” – CNN Türk

“Stage” – CNN Türk

Commemorative Atatürk Concert in Yukarı Kızılca Village

Commemorative Atatürk Concert in Yukarı Kızılca Village

TV & Radio

Radio Classica, Spain

Here is the podcast of the Rumbo al este about "Ab-ı Hayat" CD

Interview – TRT 2

Some thoughts about the harp, sufi music and Turkish music & harp

Interview – TRT 2

I took part in an outreach project

“Eternal Love” aired on Spanish National Radio

Eternal Love aired on "Rumba al Este" (Eastbound) on Spanish National Radio

TRT 2 – Hayat Sanat

Interview and performance on TRT 2 channel

Interview on Kanal 24

Interview on Kanal 24

Press

Interview – Folk Harp Folks!

Interview – Harpesmag 34

Interview about the çeng in the June 2021 issue of French magazine Harpesmag

Interview – Litros

Interview – Travel & Leisure

Interview – Milliyet Sanat

Talking about the Turkish Harp project on Milliyet Sanat

Interview – Fashion & Travel Magazine

An interview for the Fashion and Travel magazine

Blog

Caught in Action

My latest activities

The Shape of Music Today

Here is the ongoing adventures of a dessert that made its way into music, much to everyone's delight

Talking about the Müştemilat Project

A little interview about my musical journeys in rural Aegean with the Müştemilat Kumpanya Project

Remembering Ayla Eryüksel

My own eulogy to Ayla Eryüksel, the Turkish fashion designer who dressed me for the last 17 years

Concert at the 1st Global Refugee Forum, Geneva

Performance at the Global Refugee Forum, Geneva, Switzerland

Setting up stage in Villages

The new project I am a part of "Müştemilat Kumpanya" is very different from anything else I have done so far. Here is...

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