Born in 1986, in Istanbul, Turkey, Elif Balkir started her musical career at the age of 11 as a pianist. Then, she continued to her musical studies in France at the department of Music and Musicology at Paris-Sorbonne. Besides the theoretical background, her practical foundation was soon incorporated with the music creation and craft and she became interested in the composition of electroacoustic music, sound engineering as well as musical acoustics, which she has studied at Aubervilliers-La Courneuve Regional Conservatory in France.
Elif Balkir is currently a Ph.D. student under-joint supervision of Jacob Derkert and Marc Battier at the department of Musicology of Stockholm and Paris-Sorbonne Universities. Her research explores a comparative study concerning the evolution of electroacoustic music in GRM and EMS studios from 1960 to1980. The dissertation undertakes Schaeffer’s musical ideas acknowledged by Wiggen during the foundation of EMS studio to examine the artistic divergence by means of French and Swedish composers selected works analysis. The aim is to determine a methodology for an in-depth understanding of electroacoustic music analysis through comparison and to establish a scientific documentation on French and Swedish electroacoustic music within new technologies. At the present, Balkir is living in Stockholm and working at the Musicology department of Stockholm University.