Murat Salim Tokaç


Graduated from University of 19 May (Samsun) from Faculty of Medicine, he received the doctorate degree at the same university in the field of microbiology at the department of Medical Microbiology. He also achieved his doctorate programme on “Turkish Religious Music” at the Main Department of Islamic Science and Arts at Marmara University. In 2014, he obtained the rank of associate professor in “Turkish musical performances” after passing the exam upon “Basic Field of Fine Arts – Music”. In 2018, he concluded to certificate programme on “Applications of Music-Therapy” and received the title of “Expert” in this field.
In 2021, he was appointed at Haci Bayram Veli University at Instrument Education department affiliated to State Conservatory of Turkish Music.

He was assigned to Samsun State Choir of Turkish Classical Music, affiliated to the Ministry of Culture, as ney and tanbur player, where he became the conductor in 2004. In 2007, he was assigned to the “State Ensemble of Research and Performance on Turkish Music in Istanbul” of which he remains among the founders. He carried out several concerts with chorus, gave recitals and participated in several TV programs in Türkiye. Individually or accompanied by the bands and ensembles, as well as performing ney and tanbur, he gave seminars and made speeches upon the culture of music, including all European countries, the Northern African (Maghreeb) countries, Asia and America. In 1998, he was awarded as the “The Musician of The Year” by the “Association for Men of Business & Industry of Black-Sea Region” in Samsun.

He contributed approximately seventy works including CD albums, vinyl records and books as artistic director and performer; these include “Gençlik Hülyaları, Buhurizade Mustafa Efendi (Itri), Bin Yılın Mirası Türk Müzigi, Aynı Telden Ayrı Dilden, Vefatının 100. Yılı Anısına Tanburi Cemil Bey” etc. He published a great number of articles and columns in many periodicals, gave lectures in 2012–2019 in related departments of various universities at graduate and post-graduate (MA) degrees. From 2012 to 2021, he performed duty in the Ministry of Culture & Tourism both as the Director-General of Fine Arts and as the director of arts in the State Ensemble of Research and Performance on Turkish Music, located in Istanbul. During this period, he also contributed to several art events as jury member, such as “Competition of Young Contemporary Art, State Competition of Painting and Sculpture, Billboard Design, State Competition for Turkish Arts, Competition for Photography, Competition for Young Performers on Instruments and Competition of Composition for Chorus Music.

Since 2018, he also contributes as a member to the Scientific Board subsidiary to Atatürk Supreme Council for Culture, Language and History. In addition, he is also Head of Branch for Applications of Music and Stage Arts, besides, Member of the Board of Publication at one of the periodicals of Ataturk Cultural Centre with the title “Erdem”. He was appointed as a Professor at Haliç University Conservatory in 2022. He still continues his duty as the Director of the Conservatory.
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