Can Canbolat, DMA

Violin Instructor
Violin Instructor

Can Canbolat was born in İzmir, Turkey in 1990 and began his violin studies at the age of eleven under Kemal Toren, Concertmaster of the İzmir Opera and Ballet.

Can Canbolat was born in İzmir, Turkey in 1990 and began his violin studies at the age of eleven under Kemal Toren, Concertmaster of the İzmir Opera and Ballet.

Canbolat was accepted to the high school level Dokuz Eylul University State Conservatory in İzmir, Turkey as a student of Melek Gokustun. While still in high school he participated in orchestras from around the world including: the International Youth Symphony Orchestra (Turkey), Jungenc Youth Orchestra (Germany), Tang Y Mas Chamber Music Orchestra (Italy) and the University of Minnesota Duluth Opera Orchestra (USA).

In 2008 he participated in master classes at the Keshet Eilon Violin School in Israel. Here he studied with Cihat Askin, Slomo Mintz, and Hagai Shaham. Also in 2008, he was chosen for the Cihat Aşkın and Little Friends (CAKA) project and held solo concerts throughout Turkey in İstanbul, Ankara, İzmir, Mersin, Bursa and Cyprus.

Canbolat has won several concerto competitions since 2007 including: DESO Symphony Orchestra Concerto Competition (2009 Winner), Dokuz Eylul Violin Competition (2010 2nd Prize), Dokuz Eylul University Concerto Competition (2011 Winner), and in 2012 he won the Marry West Solo Competition Performance Award. Canbolat also had the opportunity to perform the Khachaturian Violin Concerto and F. Kreisler’s Praeludium and Allegro with Dokuz Eylul University Orchestra and the Sarasate Zigeunerweissen with the University of Minnesota Orchestra.

Canbolat currently studies as a doctoral student in violin performance at the University of Minnesota with Professor Mark Bjork.

He plays on an 1897 Albin Paulus violin, generously awarded to him through a 2007 scholarship.