Ekrem Yeşilada

Müzik Tarihi Araştırmacısı, Müzisyen, Diplomat

28 Mayıs, 1931
İstanbul Higher School of Economics and Commerce Department of Consulship and Foreign Trade

Historian of music, composer, diplomat. He was born in Gönyeli / Cyprus on May 28th, 1931. Writer Mustafa Gökçeoğlu was his grandfather’s brother and Dr. Mustafa Arabacıoğlu, former Minister of Public Health and Welfare, KKTC (TRNC) was the son of his uncle. He graduated from Gönyeli Primary School (1944), from Lefkoşa College (1952) and from Department of Consulship and Foreign Trade, İstanbul Yüksek İktisat ve Ticaret Okulu (T.N. Higher School of Economics and Commerce) (1958). He worked as a translator in Erzurum between 1952 and 1953. He worked part-time at a company while he was a student in Istanbul. He became an administrator at Williams Brotjer company after having completed his higher education (1958-59)

Upon his return to Cyprus, Nicosia in 1959, he taught at Haydarpaşa Ticaret High School and became a consul in the Embassy of Cyprus opened in Ankara (1959-1961) and he worked as a representative and consul as the official of Cyprus Ministry of Foreign Affaris (1961-70). He became the manager at Tourism Bureau established in Cyprus in the 1973-1984 period and a travel agency administrator in 1989. He lectured in tourism courses at the Eastern Mediterranean University. In 1988, he began to concentrate on his works on music and books. He is married to Seval Yeşilada. They have one daughter, Deniz Avcı and one son, Engin Yeşilada.

Along with his diplomat and writer identity, he is also a composer and has many important works. He has fifteen compositions in five different classes. His first album, containing ten songs was released in 2001 as a CD and MC. In 2007, he released his second album containing seven songs which he himself performed in order to be presented in the World Congress held in Antalya by SKAL International.

After 1962, he spoke in symposiums held by the Faculty of Political Sciences, Ankara University, Eastern Mediterranean University, SAMTAY Foundation and European University of Lefke about the economy and music of Cyprus. He was awarded with TRNC Ministry of National Education and Culture Folk Music Service Award (1995), HASDER Science of Folklore, Service Award (1998), Necati Özkan Foundation Science, Culture and Arts Award, Gazimağusa (T.N. Famagusta) Municipality, Cypriot Composers Concert, Contribution Award (2001) and Cyprus Turkish Women Council, Kyrenia Office, Culture and Art Contribution Award (2001). He is a member of the Advisory Committee, Cyprus Eastern Mediterranean University and MESAM, and also the honorary president of Nicosia SKAL Club.


Kıbrıs’ta Turizm (1994), Kıbrıs’ta Geleneksel Türk Müziği (Volume 1: 2001, Volume: 2: 2002), Musiki Tarihimiz (2007), History of Turkish Music (Translation of Musiki Tarihimiz into English translated by Aslı Giray, 2008)


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