Classical and Modern Turkish Music from Berlin!

Event Series in Cooperation with the Konservatorium für türkische Musik Berlin (BTMK) 

The WERKSTATT DER KULTUREN and the Konservatorium für türkische Musik Berlin (BTMK) have been working in close and trusting collaboration since the late 1990s. The cooperation event concerts of soloists and the BTKM ensemble have notably been enriching our program ever since.

As a continuation of this longstanding tradition, the concert series KLANGFARBEN seeks to provide a platform for not only professional, (predominantly) local Turkish artists - but for emerging artists especially - on stage at the WERKSTATT DER KULTUREN.

The BTMK Orchestra currently consists of 20 young musicians, who perform instrumental pieces in addition to accompanying the 30 singers of the BTMK Choir. In addition to classical European instruments such as the guitar, violin and clarinet, many Turkish instruments are played, such as the qanun and the oud. The musicians perform various musical styles ranging from Turkish pop, classical and folk music to Jazz and European music.

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Konservatorium für türkische Musik Berlin (BTMK)

Established in 1998, the BTMK serves as a school for the promotion of Turkish music culture in Berlin. It seeks to ensure itself as the first music conservatory for Turkish music in Europe to train in classical Turkish music, Turkish folk music and Turkish Pop.

The aim of BTMK is to create a viable cultural space for Berliners with biographical ties to Turkey.

The Konservatorium für türkische Musik Berlin offers six full-time study options:

  • Classical Turkish Music (Instrument)
  • Turkish Folk Music (Instrument)
  • Voice (Classical and Folk Music)
  • Folk Dancing
  • Theater
  • Instrument Making.

Classes are offered for:

  • classical European instruments such as violin, guitar, piano and clarinet
  • Turkish instruments such as the Kemence (little fiddle) and ney (end-blown flute),
  • plucked string instruments: bağlama/saz (Turkish lutes are either long-neck lutes or short-neck lutes.)
  • oud (short-neck lute, which has been known in the Middle East since 10 A.D.)
  • tanbur (long-neck lute),
  • qanun (a type of zither).

The late Nuri Karademirli, founder of the BTMK, had no intention of creating a synthesis of Turkish and German music. Each music style should stand on its own and develop its own specific character. Anyone interested in music is equally welcome. No distinction is made between Germans, Turks and Kurds, Sunnis and Alevis.

Today, nearly 250 students attend the classes of the BTMK.

For more information, visit the website of the Konservatorium für türkische Musik Berlin.