Volkan’s musical training began at the age of 6, when he started the clarinet. Throughout
high school, he practically played every instrument. It wasn’t until the tenth grade he discovered the trombone was his true calling. Volkan went on to get his Bachelor of Music degree at the University of British Columbia, with a major in trombone performance, while under the tutelage of Gordon Cherry, Greg Cox, and Doug Sparkes.
Volkan was a member of “I Tromboni”, a virtuoso trombone quintet, and toured all cross BC, the Yukon, Alaska, and Washington state. While a member of “I Tromboni” during a summer brass residency at the Banff Centre, he performed Beethoven’s 9th Symphony under the baton of Polish composer/conductor Krzysztof Penderecki. During that same residency, as a member “I Tromboni” Volkan was also coached by trumpet and trombone virtuosos Jens Lindemann and Alain Trudel, respectively.
Aside from being principal trombonist with the Chilliwack Symphony Orchestra, Volkan is an active free-lance musician, and performs with the Vancouver Metropolitan Orchestra, Vancouver Island Symphony, Plastic Acid Orchestra, and Vancouver Oratorio Society. Volkan, a versatile trombonist, also performs with Latin and show bands, such as Tobasko and the Famous Players Band.
Volkan and his wife Pam, and daughter Daphne currently reside in Surrey.