In 2011, The American Turkish Society’s awarded it's fifth Arif Mardin Music Fellowship to Emir Demirdağ
, a 19-year-old percussionist from Mersin, Turkey. Emir will be attending the Five-Week Summer Performance Program at Berklee College of Music taking place July 9 - August 12, 2011.  

Throughout his high school career, Emir  taught himself to play the drums with only the aid of instructional DVDs and books. He later enjoyed remarkable local and national success in Turkey. He is the recipient of his high school’s “Best Music Student” and “Most Promising Musician” awards, and has won numerous titles from local talent shows. Most significantly, out of 2,500 bands, Emir’s band qualified for the semi-final of the “Fanta Stage Music Contest for Amateur Rock Musicians,” a nationwide contest produced by popular musicians and producers such as Sebnem Ferah and Tarkan Gozubuyuk.

Today, Emir has gone on to become a Front-end Developer and UI/UX Designer at e-profound in Munich, Germany.