Born in Istanbul, Turkey, Eren Gümrükçüoglu is a composer of acoustic/electroacoustic music, a professional guitarist, a music technologist, and an educator. He attended the Duke Ellington School of the Arts in Washington, DC and studied jazz guitar. Eren received his Bachelor of Music degree in Film Scoring and Jazz Composition at Berklee College of Music in Boston. He has shared the stage with musicians such as Dr. Billy Taylor, Aydin Esen, Bob Moses, and Grammy Award winners Shirley Horn, Ruslan Sirota, Ben Williams and many more. In 2004, he moved to Los Angeles and composed, arranged and recorded music for ABC, WB and Lifetime TV networks. After his return in 2007 to Turkey, Eren worked as a studio and concert guitarist while also working as a producer on other artists’ albums. Following a performance of his orchestral arrangements in Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw in 2008, he decided to return to academia and solely pursue his lifelong passion of composing music. In 2013, Eren earned his Master’s degree in composition at Istanbul Technical University.
Eren Gümrükçüoglu’s music dwells on the borders between styles. As a concert music composer with a strong jazz background, he refrains from creating a crass amalgam of genres but rather incorporates the idiosyncrasies, contours, shapes, rhythms and pacings of different styles into his music.
Eren is currently a PhD candidate in music composition at Duke University. Performers of his music include Ensemble Suono Giallo, JACK Quartet, New York Polyphony, Mivos Quartet, Conrad Tao, Deviant Septet, yMusic Ensemble, Naked Drum Project, Istanbul State Symphony Orchestra, Metropole Orkest and many more.
Duke University - Ph.D. 2021 (expected)
Duke University - A.M. 2016
Istanbul Technical University - M.Sc. 2013
Berklee College of Music - B.M. 2004