Dilbağ Tokay started studying the cello at Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University (MSFAU) Istanbul State Conservatory with Reşit Erzin, and received her DMA from the same conservatory. She has worked with prominent cellists such as Mikhail Khomitzer, Niels Ullner, Frieder Berthold, Alexander Rudin and has given recitals, chamber and orchestral concerts as a soloist in numerous international venues. Additionally, she has given masterclasses and was a jury member at the International Young Virtuosos Competition in Bulgaria. With Emine Serdaroğlu, as CelloPianoDuo, she has received critical acclaim after performances at prestigious international concert halls and festivals. For her instrumental teaching rôle at MSFAU Istanbul State Conservatory, Tokay has been awarded numerous prizes for excellence from international competition bodies.