A graduate of the English Philology Department of Istanbul University, Bülent Aksoy also earned his doctorate in Art History from the same university. in 1970, he published translations of papers on various art and literary subjects in several different literary and cultural magazines. In 1980 he was drawn to the study of Turkish musical history, and began writing research articles on Ottoman-Turkish music, and published translations in this area as well. Aksoy has served as a musical writer and editor for various encyclopedias, and has given papers at many musical congresses at home and abroad.

Since 1994, Aksoy has served as a consultant for Kalan Müzik, for which he has also compiled over twenty valuable archive albums. He has been hosting weekly programs on Turkish music at Açık Radyo since 1995, and in 1998, together with Ersu Pekin, he received the Sedat Simavi Radio award.

Aksoy is a lecturer at Boğaziçi University, Translation Department, College of Science and Literature.

Publications (partial list):

Sermüeezin Rifat Bey’in Ferahnak Mevlevî Ayini, 1991

Avrupalı Gezginlerin Gözüyle Osmanlılarda Musıki, 1994, 2003 (expanded second edition)


Béla Bartok, Turkish Folk Music from Turkish Minor, 1991.

Eugenia Popescu-Judetz, Meanings of Turkish Musical Culture, 1996.

Eugenia Popescu-Judetz, A Comparative Study of theKevserî Treatise, a Musical Manuscript of the Eighteenth Century, 1998.

Perry Anderson, Considerations on Western Marxism, 2004.