Ediz Hafızoğlu was born in Silistra (Bulgaria) in 1980. He started learning how to play “darbuka” and “saz” from his father. In 1992, he participated in the “Sakin Tuna Art Group”, which was founded by his grandfather Mumun Musaoğlu, and played for two years in many festivals in Bulgaria. He received many awards in competitions. Hafızoğlu migrated to Turkey in 1994, and studied at Kabataş High School for Boys. He learned how to play the drums and performed with Kabataş Boy’s School Band for 4 years. He won first prizes with Kabataş Boy’s School Band in many contests. In 2000, He entered the Department of Industrial Design at Mimar Sinan University and studied for 3 years. He began performing at many clubs professionally with various groups while continuing his studies. In 2003, He decided to pursue his music and transferred to the Jazz Performance Department at Istanbul Bilgi University, where he studied with Ricky Ford, Cengiz Baysal, Donovan Mixon, Can Kozlu and Selen Gülün. Hafızoğlu also took a private lesson from Aydın Esen. Hafızoğlu has played in many festivals and Jazz clubs in Turkey and abroad with many Jazz musicians such as Ricky Ford, Chuck Israils, Dusko Goykovich, Eddie Henderson, Juini Booth, İmer Demirer, Randy Brecker, Nasheet Waits, İbrahim Maalouf, Wolfgang Muthspiele, Sarp Maden, Selen Gülün, Önder Foçan, Akın Eldes, Engin Recepoğulları, Alper Yılmaz, Sabri Tuluğ Tırpan, İlhan Erşahin, Garry Dial, Paula West, Hilary Cole, Mike Cooper, George Masterhazy, and Oliver Groenewald.
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