Yaşar Kurt (born August 16, 1968 in Istanbul, Turkey) is a Turkish-Armenian rock artist. Kurt founded the alternative musical group Beyaz Yunus (literally White Dolphin).
In 1993, Kurt had his first studio recording in Germany and in 1994 released the album Sokak Şarkıları (literally Street Songs) recorded in Cologne, Germany. The album on the Ada Müzik label became popular in Turkey. A series of concerts followed throughout Turkey.
Kurt returned to Turkey in 1996 to continue with his musical career. Göndermeler (literally Referrals) was released in 1997 on Aks Müzik and Boğaziçi Müzik labels. After one and a half years, he released Reflex produced by Ağdaş Müzik containing 9 songs as well as 3 cover versions. In 2003, he released a collection album entitled Anne under his own music label.
In 2003 Kurt was one of the founders Barışarock, a major rock event in Turkey. In 2004, Kurt wrote the music for Atv television's popular series "Sevda Tepesi".
After discovering his Armenian roots in 2007, Kurt and Armenian artist Arto Tuncboyaciyan formed Yash-ar (made up of part of his and Arto's first names). Upon discovering his Armenian roots, he had himself baptized as an Armenian Apostolic Christian and accepted a new Armenian name as Arşak.
In 2011, Kurt released the album Güneş Kokusu (literally Smell of Sun) including a hit song called Ver Bana Düşlerimi (literally Give Me My Dreams).