Ali Deniz Kardelen

Artist of the Month | March 2017


From top to bottom of each string, every single touch is an element on my playing. K&K gives me control of every detail on my guitar. I can’t think of my guitars without it.

“A long time has passed in my musical career. In all that time I still wonder to myself: Am I doing well? Is my music beautiful or not? I still don’t really know. Maybe that’s what art is…?” 


Ali was born in Turkey and he is now living in Istanbul. After several years of playing electric guitar and producing electronic music, he has found himself in the middle of fingerstyle storm. Attended by Thomas Leeb Bootcamp and Andy McKee Musicarium, Ali has got full marks from the masters such as Leeb, Mckee, Antoine Dufour, Stephen Bennett. Released his debut album ‘First Steps’ via Fretmonkey Records, Ali has been performing across the Asia and Europe sides of Istanbul and beyond with his modern and ethnic approach to acoustic fingerstyle guitar. 

Ali got second place at the Canadian Guitar Festival and first place at the Indiana State which are the most prestigious competitions in fingerstyle genre. Renowned fingerstyle guitarist, Thomas Leeb, described Ali as one of the most promising guitarists and composers in the fingerstyle world today. 
Ali is endorsed by Ernie Ball, Furch and Ortega Guitars.

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