Barkin Sertkaya


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Instrumental Teacher


Hailing from Anatolia, Barkin is a classical guitarist, educator and a performer. He holds more than a decade of experience in teaching in multiple tertiary fields, while carrying out his instrumentalist career.

During his 11 years of conservatoire education with full scholarship in Ankara, he had the pleasure of performing Leo Brouwer’s Concerto No:3 Elegiaco, No:5 Volos and Castelnuovo Tedesco’s No:1 D-Dur in the same University he taught (Bilkent University Faculty of Music and Performing Arts 2008 – 2012). He has also assisted in the organization of annual Bilkent Classical Guitar Festivals (2004 – 2010), hosting workshops and masterclasses with renown artists, such as Roland Dyens, Leo Brouwer, Costas Cotsiolis and Aniello Desiderio. He toured South-East Europe and Asia-minor with renown vocal artist Cem Adrian, performed with celebrated pianist Fazil Say, delivered numerous solo/ chamber recitals and was nominated as a multi-instrumentalist in Cirque du Soleil’s ZED.

Prior to his role as the instrumental performance teacher in classical guitar in the University of Auckland – School of Music, he directed his own music school and raised emerging artists, who, then, became classical guitar students in schools such as Universitat Mozarteum Salzburg and Hochschule fur Musik und Tanz-Koln. Barkin quintessentially blends pedagogical experience, classical Western ethos and Eastern philosophy, while respecting the contemporary techniques of leading schools of the globe. As a science fan and a celestial inquisitive, he enjoys reflecting on existence and channel the thoughts into his art, education method and persona.

Teaching | Current

Classical Guitar
Chamber Music



Areas of expertise

Alexander technique in guitars
Fingerstyle guitars
Global eras and styles in Classical Guitar

Committees/Professional groups/Services

ASEG (Association of South-Eastern European Guitarists)
BCGS (Bilkent Classical Guitar Society)
ACGS (Auckland Classical guitar Society)