Firat’s interest in music started at secondary school when he was taking the Diyarbakir Anatolian exam at the Fine Arts High School of Music Department in Turkey. After taking a short break from music, he made a decision to pursue his interest and build a musical career, achieving a bachelor degree as a honour student from Harran University, Turkey. Having completed the undergraduate education, he began a master degree program in Music Education and worked as a teaching assistant in Inonu University.
Firat plays in string quartets as a cellist where he gained the skills of playing together in pieces from different periods through a wide range of repertoire including Komitas, Bartok, Mozart and Brahms.
After successfully completing his MA, he started a Phd in Music Education in Turkey in which he concentrated his study area on principles of music perception and learning. However, Firat has decided to conduct and complete his PhD at the University of York based on the links between emotion recognition, tuning and scale systems, and learning.