Serkan Çağrı was born in Keşan, Edirne. He started playing clarinet in his early childhood with his musician father’s influence. When he was just 13, in a local contest, he won the “Best Clarinet Player” award among older and professional players.
In 1995, he started his undergraduate degree in Ege University State Conservatory of Turkish Music. In 1998, he transferred into Istanbul Technical University State Conservatory of Turkish Music and graduated there. After his graduation, he started teaching clarinet in the same university, and for three years he had worked as a clarinet instructor. Serkan Çağrı got his MA degree in Turkish Music at Halic University Institute of Social Sciences. He has been pursuing his PhD in Baku Music Academia.
“Serkan Çağrı Model” Clarinet
Serkan Çağrı had re-designed the pitch setting for clarinet; in a result, AMATI-DENAK, the leading instrument manufacturer, had produced their new G clarinets with this setting, naming the model after “Serkan Çağrı”. Following AMATI-DENAK, German clarinet manufacturer KLINGSON started to produce the same clarinet and naming it as ‘Serkan Çağrı Model’. So, Serkan Çağrı has a place in music literature as a world-wide clarinet label.
Serkan Çağrı has been performing concerts in both Turkey and abroad for years. He also played with many world-known musicians such as Sting, Joan Baez, Ian Anderson (Jethro Tull), George Dalaras, Gypsy Kings Heritage, George Zamphir, Giora Feidman, Trilok Gurto, Vassilis Saleas, Kocani Orkestrası, Ara Dinkjian, Ömer Faruk Tekbilek, Roby Lakatos, Goran Bregovic, Buika, Yasmin Levy, Despina Vandi, Brenna MAcCrimmon, Souad Massi and so on.