Full Bio

Raquy Danziger is a celebrated performer, teacher, and composer known worldwide for her expertise on the Middle Eastern darbuka drum. Hailing from unlikely Western roots, Raquy has distinguished herself as a unique phenomenon and earned a place of renown in the genre. She has collaborated and performed with some of the most famous Middle Eastern drummers in the world and has given concerts and workshops across the USA, Canada, The Middle East, Asia, Europe, Russia and South America. 

Now based in Istanbul, Raquy specializes in the split hand technique which is a very fast and intricate style. She trains daily at her “Darbuka Ofis” with her drumming master, Bünyamin Olguncan.  Her Ofis has become a center for drumming, attracting drummers from all over the world who flock to Istanbul to learn from Raquy and Bünyamin.

Raquy also plays the twelve- string King Kemenche Tarhu, a rare and exotic bowed instrument, designed after the Iranian spike fiddle.  She currently studies the kemenche with master Imamyar Hasanov from Azerbaijan.

Raquy has performed in Egypt as a soloist with The Egyptian "King of Tabla" - Said El Artist, and his drumming orchestra at the Cairo Opera House, the Alexandria Opera House, the Cairo Citadel, the historic Ewart Hall in downtown Cairo, and the Great Hall in the Bibliotheque in Alexandria. In 2005, she was the recipient of the Meet the Composer grant, which enabled her to perform her original composition with Said El Artist's orchestra in Egypt. Raquy has appeared on Good Morning Egypt, Leila Kebira, O TV, the Culture Channel,Turkish Television, Arabs Got Talent, and has been interviewed on Al Gezira.

Raquy's infectious enthusiasm for Middle Eastern music has attracted students from around the globe. She has released five drumming instructional kits.  All of her teachings are also available through her Online Darbuka School.  Raquy hosts drumming retreats and seminars for her students in various locations across the globe. She has also created her own line of custom-designed drums that are available through her online store - The Raquy Drum Store.

Raquy has composed over 50 melodic compositions as well as countless drumming pieces which can be head in her concerts and in her 13 albums.