Born in Istanbul, Turkey, Eren Gümrükçüoglu is a composer of acoustic/electroacoustic music and a professional guitarist. 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 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, and the director of the Duke New Music Ensemble. His recent compositions include a piece for yMusic Ensemble called Devinim, a generative music project named Machine Improv, a piano and electronics piece, Philae (written for Conrad Tao) and an experimental piece written for Deviant Septet utilizing the frequency spectrum of the human voice, called Ordinary Things.
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Duke University - Ph.D. 2021 (expected)
Duke University - A.M. 2016
Istanbul Technical University - M.Sc. 2013
Berklee College of Music - B.M. 2004