Who am I?

My name is Sefa Emre İlikli. I was born on December 17th, 1989. I started playing the violin in 2005.

I was born and raised in Ankara, Turkey. I went to elementary and high school in Ankara. I studied Translation and Interpretation (English-Turkish-French) in Bilkent University and graduated in 2012.

I have a sister; her name is Merve and she’s one year older than me. You can see her in my Q&A 4th Year video.

I love traveling, painting, watching anime and reading manga, swimming, trying different kinds of food, playing video games, watching movies and cooking with my friends.


My Job:

I currently work as a freelance translator and I mostly translate novels. So far I have translated:

LEGEND by Marie Lu
PRODIGY by Marie Lu
CHAMPION by Marie Lu

THE WIZARD HEIR by Cinda Williams Chima
THE DRAGON HEIR by Cinda Williams Chima
THE ENCHANTER HEIR by Cinda Williams Chima
THE SORCERER HEIR by Cinda Williams Chima

FIRE & FLOOD by Victoria Scott

THE SECRET FIRE by C. J. Daugherty

JACKABY by William Ritter

THE MIME ORDER by Samantha Shannon
THE SONG RISING by Samantha Shannon (Ongoing)

LEGEND (The Graphic Novel) by Marie Lu
PRODIGY (The Graphic Novel) by Marie Lu
CHAMPION (The Graphic Novel) by Marie Lu


I enjoy working with books.


When did I start playing the violin?

I started playing the violin in 2005 as a hobby and it’s been one of my favorite things to do since then. After graduating from university, I decided to play the songs and pieces I like with my violin and make videos. The response was great, and I am grateful to everyone for supporting my passion.

I took up the piano a few years ago and I love it so far.


Music Sheet:

I play the covers by ear, but I have started writing music sheet for them. Visit my Patreon page for more details.


My Violin:

I play a handmade German violin made in 2005 by G. H. Hendel.

I have a carbon-fiber bow and I want to get a good pernambuco bow when I can afford it.

I also own a Harley Benton Ferrari Red Electric Violin but I only used it in the past for videos, never recorded with it.


The strings I use:

Pirastro Chromcor Set (2005-2017)

Dominant Set With Pirastro Gold E (2017-2018)

Thomastik Infeld Vision Titanium Solo Set with Pirastro Gold E (2018 – Present)

Other questions:

If you have any questions, check out my Q&A videos first, I answered many questions that are often asked. If you still have questions or if you’d like to contact me for professional inquiries, recordings, private lessons, collabs etc. e-mail me at sefaemreilikli @


How you can help me stay as an independent artist:

If you’d like me to make more music and if you’re interested in extra stuff like Music Sheet and high quality audio downloads, please check out my Patreon page!

Or if you’d like to buy me a coffee 🙂


Thanks for stopping by! 🙂