After graduating from Prof. Ayhan Turan’s class at İTÜ, with honors degree, Cihat Askin completed his Master’s and Doctoral degrees in London at the Royal College of Music and at City University.
Upon his arrival to Turkey, he was appointed as Associate Professor in 1998 and Professor in 2006, at ITU. Under the same roof, he carried on his academic and artistic activities from 1998 to 2012, as the founder and co-chair of MIAM (Advanced Research Music Center). Askin served as the Director of Turkish Music State Conservatory of ITU in between 2008-2012.
Being a prominent figure in Turkey, he has been giving concerts across Europe, Asia, Africa, South America and the USA. He participated as a jury member in international violin competition in Bulgaria, Serbia, Poland, Israel, Switzerland and Argentina.
Askin made the first CD recordings of Turkish composers U.C.Erkin and N.K.Akses for Kalan Muzik. Being a noted champion and broadcaster of modern Turkish music, he made albums of his own compositions. In 2006, the first integral recording of Kreutzer 42 Etudes was released and highly acclaimed by the critics. Apart from being a performer, Askin made musical arrangements for violin and various instruments, film soundtracks, radio and TV recordings. He worked with Warner Classics and CPO.
In 2004, he established an educational project called Cihat Askin and Little Friends (CAKA), which aims to support young talents and develop violin education throughout Turkey. CAKA received Year’s Classical Music Event award, held by Andante 2011 Donizetti Classical Music Awards. And in 2007 he founded his chamber orchestra, Askin Ensemble.
Among his many prizes may be mentioned, Menuhin and Flesch, he is granted the Foyer des Artistes award in 2002 and the J. F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts - Gold Medal award in 2009.
Cihat Aşkın plays with violins by Jean Baptiste Vuillaume (1846) and Sgarabotto (1924) .