Director of the Istanbul Music Festival.
Efruz Çakırkaya studied Italian Language and Literature at Ankara University Department of Western Languages and Literatures. Çakırkaya received her master’s degree from the University of Florence in Language and Communication in 2002.
Between 2002 and 2008, Çakırkaya worked as Program Coordinator of the Bilkent Symphony Orchestra, where she was responsible for the coordination of the programmes, orchestral tours, CD recordings and PR. Since October 2008, Efruz Çakırkaya has been Assistant Director of the Istanbul Music Festival, where she has been co-developing the artistic programme with the festival director, coordinating logistic and technical planning of concerts, and managing contractual arrangements with artists and agents.
In 2014, Çakırkaya participated in a training titled ‘Atelier for Young Festival Managers,’ organised by European Festivals Academy. In 2018, she was selected among the four female culture professionals from Turkey to join British Council’s ‘Women and Leadership in Arts and Culture’ programme.
Efruz Çakırkaya, the Assistant Director of Istanbul Music Festival between 2008-2018, assumed the role of the Festival’s Director as of 1 August 2018.
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