Umut Erhan is a multi-disciplinary artist based in Istanbul, Turkey. Born in 1988, he has established himself as a composer, producer, and keyboardist in the music industry. However, his artistic repertoire extends beyond music, as he is also an architect, digital artist, software/electronics enthusiast, and professional juggler.
From a young age, Umut was drawn to music and began composing small piano and orchestral pieces. As he grew older and studied architecture at Middle East Technical University (ODTÜ) in his hometown of Ankara, he started playing the keyboard in various funk, soul, and rock bands. After working briefly as an architect, Umut decided to pursue a career as a full-time musician. He moved to Istanbul, where he began to tour as a keyboardist and music director for some of Turkey’s most prominent artists and bands, including Kenan Dogulu, Ozan Dogulu, Bora Uzer, and Ajda Pekkan.
Umut Erhan gained international attention for his unconventional playing and keyboard programming techniques which gained popularity on YouTube. Keyboard Magazine praised his tutorial videos, and notable musicians such as Steve Porcaro (TOTO, Michael Jackson…), Michael Bearden (Michael Jackson, Lady Gaga…), and David Rosenthal (Billy Joel, Rainbow…) praised his work for its … Read More
… originality and aesthetic value. UE’s tutorial videos feature innovative graphics, 3D animations, and stunning performances, reflecting his unique architectural background with visual cues that translate sonic changes into exceptional visual art. In recognition of his expertise in the field, Bilkent University
‘s Department of Architecture invited him to deliver an inspirational lecture on ‘Music and Architecture
After several successful years as a touring musician, Umut decided to take a step back and refocus his efforts on his passion for composing, creating new content, and expanding his skills. Since then he has worked on various productions serving as a composer and producer, lending his unique artistic vision to each project. He has contributed his talents to creating soundtracks for animations, advertisements, and music libraries, and has also dedicated himself to creating projects as an independent artist. Umut explores his creativity by experimenting with different genres and sounds, spanning cinematic, orchestral, electronic, and traditional styles.
Furthermore, Umut Erhan has an avid interest in 3D design and animation, coding, electronics, and juggling. He founded the METU Juggling Club and organized three international juggling conventions that featured many talented jugglers from around the globe. In 2019, UE started his video series “3D Experiments,” where he creates imaginative 3D worlds that react to his musical performance. Umut’s passion for electronics and coding has led him to create several innovative music hardware prototypes and software solutions. He is continually challenging himself to develop better technology for music production and live performances. Umut participated in the MIDI Innovation Awards in 2022 and 2023, showcasing his original designs, including the BC-01 (Breath controller) and GigWiz (MIDI controller).
Umut has created multiple high-quality sound packs for the Korg Kronos community under his brand, UEsound. These sound packs have garnered recognition for their unique approach to creating rich and dynamic soundscapes that capture the essence of well-known songs. Umut’s love for music production and attention to detail in sound design have made him a sought-after resource among keyboardists.
Umut is dedicated to exploring new musical territories through his roles as a composer, producer, keyboardist, and multi-disciplinary artist. He continually searches for innovative ways to express his artistry and expand his creative horizons.