Dr. Feza Tansuğ is Professor of Anthropology and Music in Istanbul and he is one of the leading music experts in Turkey. He was raised and educated in Izmir, and graduated from Dokuz Eylül University’s Department of Musicology and the State Conservatory of Music. He later studied anthropology and ethnomusicology at the University of Washington in Seattle, and he attended the University of Maryland in Baltimore for his doctoral studies. A past president of the International Association for Turkic Music Studies (Kyrgyzstan) and the Society for Musicology (Turkey), he was also the editor of the International Journal of Music in Turkey. He is the author of several books and dozens of scholarly articles on the various traditions of Turkish and Central Asian music. He has gained a worldwide reputation for his discovery of a Turkish hymn that inspired the famous composer Ludwig van Beethoven.
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