About Gürkan Balkan

photo by Yoshi Toscani

Being born into a musicians family and as a downright son of Istanbul, Gürkan Balkan studied the classical oud (an oriental short necked lute), as well as the guitar, the piano and the art of composition. Full of respect for the old masters, he is also influenced by modern approaches like jazz and therefore he became a questioned producer and studio musician, who works with a number of Turkish artists as well as with European orchestras and musicias such as Giora Feidman.