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Vecihe Daryal

Vecihe Daryal

First professional female Turkish zither virtuoso
"You either play the zither perfectly or do not play it at all."

Date of Birth: 17/04/1908 1908

Place of Birth: Beylerbeyi, Istanbul

Date of Death: 12/11/1970 1970

Place of Death: Istanbul

Burial Site: Merkezefendi Cemetery, Istanbul

Topics

Gallery

Vecihe Daryal

Field of Activity

Music
"You cannot be a moderately good zither-player. You either play it perfectly or do not play it at all. Instrument players should not accompany singers only; they should also accompany the other players in their groups."
(Vecihe Daryal)
  • 1928 Vecihe Daryal started her professional career as an artist employed by Istanbul Radio.
  • 1938-1953 She was employed by Ankara Radio (zither player, teacher and member of the repertoire council)
  • 1953 Istanbul Radio and municipal Conservatory (zither player, member of the executive council)
Audio examples

Hüzzâm Peşrev, Seyfeddîn Osmanoğlu

Acemaşiran Saz Semâisi, Gavsi Baykara

Vecihe Daryal plays her own composition in the Nişaburek mode

Awards

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Memberships

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Education

Vecihe Daryal received private education. She was accepted by Conservatory in Istanbul when she was 9 years old because of her special talents.

Veciha Daryal visied after conservatory Women's Teachers College in Istanbul and graduated on 26 December 1926.

Contributions to Society

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Family and Friends

  • Mother: (Information not available)
  • Father: Abdülmeid Daryal (linguist)
  • Friends: Mesut Cemil (musician, choir administrator, director of Ankara Radio, break drum virtuoso), Ruşen Kam (kemençe player), Cevdet Çağla (violonists, composer), Sadi Işılay (composer, violonists), Cevdet Kozanoğlu (singer) Yorgo Bacanos (lute player), Vecdi Seyhun (composer, cellist), Alaaddin Yavaşca (composer, singer, teacher of Turkish classical music, gynaecologist)

Commemorative Projects

Seminar to Honor Her Memory

The Turkish State Music Conservatory, Istanbul Technical University organized the "Zitherist Vecihe Daryal Seminar" to Honor the memory of Vecihe Daryal on the 8th of March 2011, Women's Day.

Vecihe Daryal Music Archive

Vecihe Daryal's musical collection can be found in the TRT archives.

Further Reading

Sources

Quoted Sources:
  • See section "Further Reading"
Source of Visual Images:

Translation into English: Faruk Kural, Istanbul, Turkey
Editing:Lyndall von Dewitz, Oberasbach, Germany

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