Ihsan Özgen is a self-taught musician, composer and teacher. Mr. Özgen performs on a variety of stringed instruments including kemençe (kemenche), tanbur, lavta and violoncello. He has studied and mastered the works of Tanburi Cemil Bey who is considered to be the most creative Turkish musician and composer of this century. Among the instruments Özgen plays, the kemençe carries the most importance for him. Özgen has also studied the techniques of playing the violoncello and violin and has applied new techniques to the playing of the kemençe such as new left hand positions and bow techniques. Özgen's fame is usually associated with his kemençe playing and melodic taksims (improvisations).
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