Arda Karakaya was born in Ankara, Turkey in 1991. He took his first violin lessons at the age of 9 from Alaaddin Canbay in Van. In 2002, he entered the Ankara State Conservatory and continued his studies with Reyyan Yücelen Başaran. He earned his bachelor’s degree one year earlier than the planned finish date by virtue of his outstanding achievements as the most successful student of the violin department in 2011. After finishing the Conservatory, he continued his studies at the Music and Performing Arts Graz in Austria with Silvia Marcovici. Later, he studied with Ildiko Moog in Ankara.
During his training, he participated in many master classes and studied with violinists such as Cihat Aşkın, Joshua Epstein, Alexander Vinnitski, Mincho Minchev, Lutsia İbragimova, James Buswell. He gave a lot of concerts as a soloist both with Hacettepe Youth and Academic Orchestras. In 2012, he gave several concerts as a soloist with National Youth Symphony Orchestra of Turkey as part of Eurochestries International Music Festival in France. French newspapers spoke highly of this concert.
The prominent Turkish violinist Cihat Aşkın has been both coaching and supporting him since the early years when he started to play violin. He appears regularly at many concerts and gives recitals in different cities of Turkey. He works as a research assistant at the Yüzüncü Yıl University Turkish Music State Conservatory in Van where he gives violin lessons.
He will continue his postgraduate studies with the internationally renowned pedagogue Itzhak Rashkovsky at the Royal College of Music, London where he was awarded with a prestigious scholarship from the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music.