Cihat Aşkın, is the international representative of Turkish Violin School, and serves as a cultural bridge between the eastern and western civilizations as a cultural ambassador.
Aşkın participated in numerous concerts, festivals, radio and TV broadcasts, conferences and workshops in four continents and 51 countries and shared the products of Turkish and universal music among the world’s leading artists on prestigious classical music halls.
Apart from his performing career, as an educationalist, Aşkın founded many education and art institutions in Turkey. Having had the opportunity to work with masters such as Ayhan Turan, Rodney Friend, Yfrah Neaman, Igor Oistrakh and Ruggierro Ricci, Aşkın has gained a renowned reputation as an international violin virtuoso, and been performing in concerts since the age of 11. After graduating from ITU Conservatoire, he completed his masters and doctorate degrees at Royal College of Music and City University in London. The winner of many national and international awards, Aşkın was honoured with Rome Foyer des Artistes, The Kennedy Center / Gold Medal and the Buenos Aires Medal of Honour.
He is the founder of ITU Center for Advanced Studies in Music (MIAM), “Cihat Aşkın and Little Friends” (CALF), Aşkın Ensemble and Istanbul Chamber Orchestra. Apart from being a violinist as a composer, Aşkın has composed and arranged many miniature pieces and film scores. He is also a jury member in many national and international competitions.
Aşkın has recorded Kreutzer’s 42 Etudes, Bach’s 6 Solo Sonatas and Partitas and many other notable works. His recordings have been published by Warner Classics, Meridien, CPO, Marco Polo and Naxos companies as well as Kalan Müzik.