Born in a musician family in Istanbul, Hakan Kaya started his music life at the age of 11 by playing Baglama (Saz). At his early ages, he met the rhythms of rich, multi-cultural Anatolian Folk Music tradition.
He had his first rhythm and percussion trainings from İzzet Kızıl and Şenol Cümbüşlü. When he was 16, he studied Indian rhythms and Tabla with Ran Kumar Mishra in Varanasi India. Under the musical and spiritual impression of this training in India, he had the unique opportunity of observing musical techniques and perspectives of different cultures and synthesizing the complementary cultures of Turkey and India.
Upon his return to Istanbul from Varanasi, he played alongside such prominent musicians such as Aynur Doğan, Cavit Murtezaoğlu, Adile Yadırgı, Cem Yıldız, Orient Expressions, İnsanlar, Yolda, Native Project, Kam Band and Nev.
He was invited to Italy in 2005-2006 as Turkey’s representative by United Colors of Benetton’s FABRiCA art school for “Credo” project. In Credo project, where artists with different disciplines came together under the baton of chief conductor Andrea Molino in Treviso, he worked with many successful musicians including David Moss. As part of this project, the music group staged at Aya Irini for their premier concert.
Starting from his childhood until today, Hakan Kaya, being a multi-percussionist and composer, reflected the rhythms of east as the fundamentals of his own culture to his music through his performances with different rhythm instruments.
Hakan Kaya continues to teach his multi-cultural music through workshops in Istanbul and Europe and to perform in concerts around the globe. Additionally in the axis of Turkish music, being an expert of it, he teaches the Turkish percussion playing technique and rhythms to his students from all around the world in his Rhythm Studio located in Galata Istanbul.
Being a darbuka instructor, Hakan Kaya has been the first Turkish percussionist who has released an instructional darbuka DVD explaining the Turkish Split Hand Technique. He is known for his great contribution to the expansion of this technique what has been possible due to his knowledge of several languages.