Anıl Eraslan was born in Burdur in 1981. He began playing the cello and piano at the School of Fine Arts in Ankara. He continued to study classical, jazz and contemporary music at the Strasbourg Conservatory.
Eraslan has collaborated with many musicians such as Sanem Kalfa, Joost Buis, Alan Purves, Anne La Berge, Michael Moore, Ig Henneman, Sergei Letov, Alexei Borisov, Olga Nosova, Christine Ott, Karl Berger, Tolga Tüzün, Lê Quan Ninh, Oliver Lake, Adam Rudolf, Kenny Wessel, Trilok Gurtu, Saadet Turkoz, Yann Tiersen, and Matt Elliot. Eraslan has also played with many prominent artists such as Sumru Agiryürüyen, John Lindberg, Ayse Tütüncü, Meriç Demirkol, Sylvain Kassap, Eric Groleau, Nihan Devecioglu, Nicolas Beck, Jeanne Barbieri, Cenk Erdogan, Oguz Buyukberber, Korhan Erel, Sevket Akinci, Ovale, and Linea Ensemble. Eraslan has released several albums including “Ser Sessizler (Harsh Consonants)” (duo with Sumru Agiryuruyen) and “Juggling-Kukla” (duo with John Lindberg). In 2008, he founded the band “Auditive Connection” with Jeanne Barbieri, and has played his compositions with free improvisations. The band was awarded in the Illiade Young Talents Festival and France ô Folies.
Besides being a musician, Eraslan is a photographer. In 2007, he was selected by Genis Aci-Young Talents project. He has had several solo photography exhibitions in Turkey and France. He received prize at several competitions including “Center for Fine Art Photography” and “Paris Px3 and Sfr Jeunes Talents”. He has also participated in many exhibitions in Turkey and the United States.
Currently, Eraslan lives and works as a cellist, composer, free-improviser and photographer in Istanbul and Strasbourg.
Reference: anileraslan.com, newmusicistanbul.com