Ceren Turkmenoglu is a versatile musician; a classical violinist, a multi-instrumentalist in Turkish music and an explorer of ethnomusicology.
She studied violin performance in Hacettepe University Ankara State Conservatory, Turkey and Hochschule für Musik und Theater Leipzig, Germany. In 2011, she received her position in Ankara State Opera and Ballet orchestra and in 2015, she became a member of the Istanbul State Symphony Orchestra. In 2017, she moved to Boston where she received her master’s degree from Longy School of Music Bard College and she continues to pursue an active musical life performing in solo recitals, chamber music ensembles and orchestras in and around Boston.
She has appeared in numerous music festivals throughout the world, including MusicaRiva Italy, Klasik Keyifler Chamber Music Festival, Ayvalik International Music Academy, and Silk Road Ensemble’s Global Musician Workshops.
Apart from her classical music career, she is a performer of Turkish music and performs on traditional instruments such as rebab and bendir, besides violin. Through her music, she aims to revive the traditional roots and bring out the interconnections in between cultures. Her projects under the title 'Music from Where the Sun Rises', that focus on Turkish classical music, was awarded the Live Arts Boston grant from The Boston Foundation twice.
With her interest in ethnomusicology, her project ‘Strings Around the World’ explores different cultures’ music through their traditional string instruments. Her recent trip to Tuva, Central Asia, to research about Tuvan music and string instruments, was funded by a grant from Women’s Travel Club, Boston, and she presented her research at the American Musicological Society meeting.