Didem Başar was born in a family of musicians. She started her music education at Istanbul Technical University Turkish Music State Conservatory when she was 11 years old. Having completed the Conservatory’s kanun training, she continued her studies at the same university to receive her Bachelor’s Degree in composition in 1995. Her interest in examining the effects of art on society led her to complete a Master’s Degree in musical analysis of Mevlevi Music at Marmara University. She gave lectures on Turkish music and kanun playing techniques at Haliç University Turkish Music Conservatory and Istanbul University State Conservatory from 2001 until she moved to Canada in 2007. Her relocation to Montreal gave her the opportunity to reinterpret her music in this new environment whose vividness is the result of the turbulent convergence of manifold cultures flowing from different parts of the world.