Dr. Mehmet Can Özer was born in 1981. He studied composition and orchestral conducting with Bujor Hoinic at Bilkent University FMPA composition division with full scholarship. After graduating, he was accepted to Conservatoire de Géneve for both electro acoustic and instrumental composition Departments, where he studied with Michél Jarrell and Rainer Boesh. Özer then pursued his doctoral degree with Gerald Bennett at Zurich HMT. In 2005, he returned to Turkey and started teaching as a Lecturer at Baskent University.
Özer has participated in many competitions such as the Halici-Midi Composition Competition (1998) and Bourges International Electro acoustic Music Competition (2003 and 2007), and he received the Goethe Institute Artist Award (2006) and SWR Experimental Studio Grant (2008).
Özer has performed in many international festivals including Bourges (France), Audio Art (Poland), Remusica (Kosovo), Busan Biennale (Korea), Pyramidale (Germany), Acousmania (Romania), SMC (Greece), Generator (Switzerland), Electro-Globe (Belgium), Create (USA), EMUfest (Italy), Ankara International Music Festival (Turkey), Granada Festival (Spain), Estoril Festival (Portugal), DE: Sonanz (Macedonia), and Apparat (Denmark).
Apart from being commissioned in Turkey, he received commissions from I.M.E.B. (France), Musiques-Recherches (Belgium) and EMS (Sweden) and has been invited from their studios to realize a piece. In 2005, Özer started electro acoustic music concert series in Ankara and organized many concerts up to 2007. In 2008, he has commissioned by Goethe Institute for Ernest Lubitsch’s silent movie “The Oyster Princess” and gave improvised concerts through Turkey.
In 2009, his first electro acoustic music CD “Siyah Kalem’s Dance” has been released. In 2010, he has been commissioned by Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary (Vienna) for "The Morning Line" sound pavilion and by Visisonor Foundation (Amsterdam) for his "Siyah Kalem" project. Currently he is working on his software "Asure" and giving concerts with it. Özer′s instrumental compositions also played in various places and he continues to write for both instruments and electronics. In 2012, he released the second CD "Sonpozisyonlar." Dr. Özer completed his doctoral degree at Bilkent University and currently works as a lecturer at Hacettepe University Ankara State Conservatory.
Reference: mehmetcanozer.com, tr.wikipedia.org