Journalist and writer (b. 1955, İstanbul). He studied economics. Taking up music by playing the tanbur (a stringed instrument in Turkish classical music) and some classical works with Dr. Selahattin Tanur, Murat Bardakçı received "appreciation“ from his teacher and studied theory, history of theory and vocal systems with Ekrem Karadeniz, with further assistance from Fahire Fersan and Vecdi Seyhun. Later on, he focused on history of music and studied on eastern resources and methodology with Abdülbaki Gölpınarlı. Meanwhile, he created a collection of notes by collecting books, documents, photos, videos and sound records on Turkish and Islamic music.
Publishing numerous researches on the history of Turkish music, Murat Bardakçı worked as a researcher and journalist for the newspaper Hürriyet, where he began working as a news reporter. He drew attention with the interesting events, information and documents from the Ottoman history.
Şahbaba (Şahbaba, the life, memories and private letters of Mehmed Vahidettin 6, the last Ottoman empire, 8th edition, 1999), Maragalı Abdülkadir (Maragalı Abdülkadir, 1986), Son Osmanlılar (The Last Ottomans, 1991), Fenerbeylerine Türk Şarkıları (Turkish Songs to Fenerbey’s, 1993), Osmanlıda Seks (Sex in the Ottoman Empire), Osmanlı Hanedanının Sürgün ve Miras Öyküsü, Refik Bey / Refik Fersan ve Hatıraları (The Story of Exile and Heritage in the Ottoman Dynasty, Refik Bey / Refik Ersan and His Memoirs, 1995), Sultani Besteler (Compositions of the Sultan, works of Mehmed Vahidettin, the last Ottoman empire, 1997).
REFERENCE: İhsan Işık / Yazarlar Sözlüğü (1990, 1998) - Türkiye Yazarlar Ansiklopedisi (2001, 2004) – Encyclopedia of Turkish Authors (2005) - Resimli ve Metin Örnekli Türkiye Edebiyatçılar ve Kültür Adamları Ansiklopedisi (2006, gen. 2. bas. 2007) - Ünlü Fikir ve Kültür Adamları (Türkiye Ünlüleri Ansiklopedisi, C. 3, 2013) - Encyclopedia of Turkey’s Famous People (2013), Emin Çölaşan / Hürriyet (30.9.1991), Son Dönem Tarih Araştırmalarına Bir Bakış (Cumhuriyet Kitap, 11.1.2001).