Murat BAŞMAN Cello

Murat Basman was born in 1976 in Gerze, Sinop. After being qualified to enter Hacettepe University Ankara State Conservatory in 1988, he began his studies on Cello with Asst. Prof. Nuray Eşen. He started giving recitals regularly in 1992. During his education, he studied solfeggio and harmony with İstemihan Taviloğlu; chamber music with Erdoğan Davran and Ulvi Yücel, he also took orchestra lessons from Rengim Gökmen and Hikmet Şimşek.

In 1998, he graduated bachelor’s degree with exellence. In that same year, he started his musical career after passing Bursa Regional State Symphonic Orchestra’s musician recruitment examination, where he was head of the cello department between the years 2000-2003. During this time, he has actively attended workshops held by Jiri Barta, Peter Bruns and Marcio Carneiro. 

Between the years 1999-2000, he participated in establishing the Cello Department of Uludağ University State Conservatory along with Burç Balcı and Elif Esen. During his career with the BRSSO, Başman has performed notable cello pieces such as Dvorak’s “Cello Concerto” and Haydn’s “Cello Concerto in D major” along with Vivaldi’s “Cello Concerto No. 2” with cellist Mutlu Varlık Kocaili and Brahms’ “Double Concerto in A minor” with violinist Mehmet Aybars.

In March 2005, he achieved recognition with his performance of C. Saint-Saens’ “Cello Concerto” under the conduction of Lonnie Klein with Çukurova State Symphonic Orchestra. Pieces from famous composers such as R.Strauss, Elgar, Beethoven, Miaskovsky and Lutoslavski for cello are in his future plans as a solo performer. 

As the cellist of the trio he formed with violinist Mehmet Aybars and pianist Lale Necef, a repertoire of chamber music consisting pieces from Rachmaninoff, Saint-Saens, Brahms, Beethoven and Astor Piazzola were performed among others. Again, with violinist Mehmet Aybars he gave a concert in Cyprus with pianist Alexander Mekaev. 

Together with fellow BRSSO member and cellist Burç Balcı, he has founded Turkey’s first and only electro-cello duo, “B&B Cello Duo” which received high acclaim. For B&B Cello Duo, he made an arrangement of Nuri Halil Poyraz’s Hejaz saz composition and also contributed to diversified versions of “Smooth Criminal” and “Misirlou” by adding “Turkic” touches. In addition, the artist has made several choral arrangements, including his work named “3 Black Sea Ballads - Çayeli and Beyond - The Grip of My Pistol” which gained huge public appreciation after its performance by the Ministry of Culture State Polyphonic Choir. Başman is actively pursuing his career as a cellist in one of Turkey’s most prominent orchestras, the Bursa Regional State Symphony Orchestra.

In 2015 he was elected as a member of the executive board where he continues to carry out his duties as a Media Coordinator.