Mehtap Demir was born in 1978 in Ardahan, Turkey and graduated from Istanbul Technical University State Conservatory. Then, she had her master’s degree in Musicology from Istanbul University and her PhD in Music Anthropology from Yeditepe University. Mehtap stayed in Israel for 6 months during her PhD and studied the emigration and interaction of the cross-border music.
In 2010, she took a major part in a musical documentary feature named My Sweet Canary, which then happened to be an international project with a series of musical concerts in many countries in Europe & USA. Since then, Mehtap has been performing Rembetika music, which is the creator of Aegean Culture with musicians from Israel and Greece who took part with her in the My Sweet Canary project. They took place and performed at the prestigious music festivals all over the world such as SXSW and WOMEX.
Mehtap is proud of sharing the same stage with the world-famous female vocals such as Yasmin Levy, Savinna Yantaou, Mor Karbasi & Giota Negka and representing the musical culture of Turkey by attending to the most popular music festivals in countries like Greece, France, Germany, Belgium, Israel, USA and so on.
Mehtap is also a lecturer in Istanbul University and offers courses on world music cultures, traditional folk music repertoire and kemane. She has been continuing her academic life as an ethno-musician and kemane player by attending the international conferences and symposiums in different countries. Moreover, it should be stated that Mehtap is one of the few unique female kemane players in Turkey.