Oğuz Usman

Oğuz Usman was born in 1983 in Yalova, Turkey. When he was eleven years old, he began his musical training with private lessons, and in 1996 he entered the State Conservatory of Istanbul University, where he studied clarinet and composition.

In 2003 he went to Vienna and studied composition with Michael Jarrell, harmony and counterpoint with Dietmar Schermann, musical analysis with Marie-Agnes Dittrich, conducting with Peter Burwig and orchestration with Ertuğrul Sevsay at the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna. During his study, he attended the courses and workshops given by Brian Ferneyhough, Wolfgang Rihm, Matthias Pintscher, Hans Zender, Marco Stroppa, Klaus Lang, and Vykintas Baltakas. In 2009 he graduated from the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna with the Master of Arts degree. In 2013 he returned to Istanbul and became a doctoral student at the Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University at the same year. In 2016 he completed his Proficiency in Art study under the supervision of Hasan Uçarsu.

His works have been performed by some of the leading conductors and ensembles of Europe and Asia like Erik Nielsen, Peter Keusching, Simeon Pironkoff, Peter Burwik, Ensemble Kontrapunkte, Ensemble XX. Jahrhundert, PHACE Contemporary Music, Ensemble Reconsil, Ensemble Platypus, Phidias Trio Tokio, Hezarfen Ensemble, and Izmir State Symphony Orchestra, in festivals such as Wien Modern, Heidelberger Frühling, GuitarPlus Microtonal Wuerzburg, and Izmir International Music Festival. In 2007 he received the Outstanding Artist Award of the Austrian Federal Ministry of Education, Arts and Culture, in 2009 the Promotion Award for Music of City Vienna, and in 2010 the Austrian State Scholarship for Composition.

In addition to his compositional work, Oğuz Usman also carries out researches on music theoretical subjects covering a wide area from Renaissance to the twentieth-century music and has three published books entitled “Elementary Music Theory”, “Elementary Harmony”, and “Elementary Principles of Modal Counterpoint” in Turkish.