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.
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...
I am very fond of collaborations because the harp, as one of the oldest instruments has so many identities to unveil.
Composing, I believe, is a direct result of my performance interests.
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...