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Ülkem Özsezen

Ülkem Özsezen is the grandson of former Presidential Symphony Orchestra Flutes Group Chief, Ankara State Opera And Ballet Flutes player and Ankara State Conservatory flutes instructor Zahit Ozsezen, and nephew of former Riyaset-i Cumhur Symphony Orchestra Cellist, and Cello instructor of İsmet İnönü, Edip Özsezen.

Ülkem Özsezen studied Jazz Piano and Jazz Harmony with Ali Perret. In 1997, he attended Berklee Umbria Jazz Clinics and studied with Greg Hopkins and attended John Scofield’s workshops. He attended the Jazz Piano Master Class of renowned jazz pianist Joanne Brackeen, and studied with Ken Pullig and Ray Santisi in Berklee College of Music. In 2000, he got the first price in Boston Music Expo to play his own composition “Lost in it” and represented Berklee before record companies in Hynes Convention Center. He graduated from Berklee in 2002.

He completed his military duty as a protocol musician in Turkish Armed Forces Military Band.

He produced and played piano in Ozan Musluoglu‘s debut album Coincidence. He also co- produced Önder Focan’s bebop sextet album 36mm Biometric. Ülkem Özsezen has been the “Project Coordinator” in Istanbul 2010 European Capital of Culture Project “A Story of the City, Constantinople, Istanbul” in which Dr. Mehmet Ali Sanlikol was the musical director. He has been “Producer” and “Executive Producer” of the Project’ s albüm that was recorded in Boston. This Album was selected for the GRAMMY Ballot for the 2012 GRAMMY Awards.

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