Phaedon Sinis with politiki lyra

Phaedon Sinis specializes in the study and performance of Ottoman music.

He plays:

His childhood passion for his father's record collection led him to take up the flute at age 7. Self-taught in reading music, he enrolled at Peabody Prep for three years and was then admitted to the Juilliard School's pre-college division at age 11, where he studied flute, music theory and solfege for seven years.

While studying economics and mathematics at Dartmouth College, Phaedon explored ethnomusicology with Dartmouth professor Ted Levin and attended folk music concerts on campus. Throughout his early twenties, while working in finance in New York City, he continued his musical training, developing an intense interest in the folk music of the eastern Mediterranean. After experimenting with a variety of styles and instruments, he now devotes his energy to kemence and kanun. With the guidance of Dr Munir Nurettin Beken, Sokratis Sinopoulos, and neyzen Ömer Erdogdular, he has developed a solid foundation in Ottoman modal theory (makam) and performance practice.


Phaedon performs with the Aman Sâki trio and is available for lessons in the San Francisco Bay area. He is currently working towards a PhD in computer science at Stanford University with a specialization in computer graphics.


Mavrothis Kontanis, Sto Kafesli Sokaki and Wooden Heart: kemençe/politiki lyra.

Joanna Newsom, Have One On Me: flute, tarhu yayli tanbur, kemençe/politiki lyra

Brenna MacCrimmon, Kulak Misafiri: events in small chambers: tarhu yayli tanbur


Politiki lyra - klasik kemençe by phaedon