Tolga Salman was born in Ankara in 1969. He started his music education in 1980 at Ankara State Conservatory. He took class of solfage and chorus from Prof. Muzaffer Arkan, Assoc. Prof. Ozkan Dizmen and Kemal Cağlar; violin class from Cengiz Özkök, Banki Horvath Sandor. Salman graduated from the Department of violin in the State Conservatory of Hacettepe University in 1991. He continued his Master’s degree on violin with Prof. Ismene Then Berg at Cologne Music College. During his study in Germany, he performed in the Cologne and Beethovenholle Symphony Orchestra. He also performed as a concert master in the Ensemble Mondial Chamber Orchestra. In Turkey, he passed an examination to enter the Department of Music Education at Gazi University as first, and continued toward his master’s degree with Prof. Suna Çevik for Chorus education, Prof. Mustafa Yurdakul for construction techniques of Lied and with Assoc. Prof. Ali Sevgi for Music Theory Education.
Salman was influenced by modern tango music virtuoso such as Astor Paizzolla, Dino Saluzzi and Orhan Avşar, and he had an interest in tango concerts in Argentine and Uruguay. In 2002 he started playing bandoneon and concentrated on it. With various advices of famous bandoneonists such as Dino Saluzzi and Hector Ulises Passarella, Salman has developed his skill and has complied a large bandoneon repertoire. He founded a tango chamber group, named “Salman Duo” with his brother and cellist Koray Salman, and has given many concerts in Turkey and abroad. With the sponsorship of Fedele Fenaroli Foundation, Salman also gave many concerts as a solo bandoneonist with Hector Ulises Passarella Modal Orchestra in Lanciano (Italy). Salman gave tango concerts with pianist and composer Fazıl Say in Istanbul and Antalya as well. Since 2004, his name can be seen in the Mensing list of modern world tango musicians.
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