Marc Sinan


Marc Sinan is a composer and guitarist with German-Turkish-Armenian roots. In his early youth, he studied with Eliot Fisk and Joaquin Clerch at Mozarteum Salzburg, later on at the New England Conservatory in Boston. In 2003 he completed the Master Class at the University of Music Nürnberg/Augsburg where he was also assisting Frank Halasz as teacher of one of Europe’s most successful guitar classes. As a composer he is self-taught.

His compositions have been performed at renowned festivals such as Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival, the Istanbul Festival, Enjoy Jazz, MaerzMusik Festival at the Berliner Festspiele; at HELLERAU – European Center for the Arts Dresden, GORKI theatre Berlin and Vienna concert house. His pieces toured to different places in Europe, Central Asia and North America and have been broadcasted on the French-German TV channel ARTE as well as numerous radio stations. In 2012, Marc Sinan was awarded an artist-in-residence scholarship by the German Foreign Office for the recently opened Tarabya Cultural Academy in Istanbul and in 2016 he received a fellowship as visiting professor at Whitman College in Washington State, USA.

In addition to international solo appearances and chamber music projects with artists and partners as diverse as the Sonar Quartet, Julia Hülsmann Trio, Jörg Widmann, the Turkish percussionist Burhan Öcal and the Iranian Kamancheh player Kayhan Kalhor, Kazakh Zhirau player Ulzhan Baybussinova, Czech violnist and vocalist Iva Bittová, vocalist David Moss, clarinettist Oguz Büyükberber, visual artists Damian and Delaine Le Bas, composer and conductor Andrea Molino; Marc Sinan has also performed as a soloist with orchestras such as the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, the Dresdner Sinfoniker and the No Borders Orchestra.

With his own ensemble, the Marc Sinan Company, he has since gone on to produce highly acclaimed projects within a contemporary, intercultural and multimedia context. His project HASRETIM – Journey to Anatolia, a commission by HELLERAU – European Center for the arts Dresden, premiered in October 2010. It was awarded the »Welthorizont«-prize by the German UNESCO Commission and was released on the renowned label ECM.

In 2014 Marc Sinan presented his comprehensive docufictional music theatre DEDE KORKUT – The story of Tepegöz for orchestra, vocals, movement and video. DEDE KORKUT marked the continuation of his collaboration with the Dresdner Sinfoniker and premiered in February 2014 at the Festspielhaus Hellerau and the Maxim Gorki Theater to vast critical acclaim. In 2015 he has mostly dedicated himself to projects commemorating the Armenian genocide. This includes his own musical theatre KOMITAS which was commissioned by the Tonspuren Festival at Kloster Irsee and also presented at Berlin’s Maxim Gorki theatre; as well as commissions from Vache Sharafyan and Helmut Oehring, who have written large scale orchestral works for the [aghet] [ağıt] project, a collaboration with the Dresdner Sinfoniker, in the context of the centennial featuring Sinan as a soloist.

In 2016 Marc Sinan produced the two radio plays OKSUS and TEPEGÖZ, based on his two stage performances. In 2017 he presented the world premiere of his staged concert I EXIST – to Rajasthan featuring musicians from different European countries and from India with and without Romani-roots.

Marc Sinan currently lives and works in Berlin, Germany.

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