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Dr Emre Aracı

Emre Aracı is a composer, musician, writer, and music historian. He received his PhD from the University of Edinburgh, writing his thesis on the life and works of the famous 20th-century Turkish composer Adnan Saygun. Many of Dr Aracı’s CDs are available from the Cornucopia store.


  • Nights at the Opera

    From Issue 51

    With 19th-century Istanbul in thrall to the music of Italy, an extraordinary theatre was born, the creation of one rather ‘odd character’. Emre Aracı tells a tale of comedy and tragedy

  • In Search of Lost Sounds

    Cihat Aşkin at Leighton House

    Online article

    At the end of March 2014, Leighton House in London hosted a recital by the famous Turkish violinist Cihat Aşkın. Chamber music concerts in this historic house began 114 years ago. Emre Aracı connects the colourful past of this magnificent building, where East and West unite, to the present, and in doing so he introduces readers to the London-based Turkish music lover Canan Maxton and ‘Talent Unlimited’, the charity which she founded.

  • Ode to a Sultan

    From Issue 20

    When Sultan Abdülaziz embarked on his unprecendented state tour of Europe in 1867, no expense was spared in making him welcome. What most impressed him, it seems, were the musical extravaganzas: visits to the opera, glittering concerts and massed choirs trained to sing his praises in Turkish

  • Music to a Sultan’s Ears

    From Issue 22

    Visitors to 1830s Istanbul were astonished to hear the strains of Rossini and Donizetti performed by Ottoman bands. As Emre Aracı reveals, Western music was the passion of Mahmud II

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