Prof. Mutlu Torun was born in 1942 in Beypazarı. He graduated from the Architecture Department at the Istanbul State Academy of Fine Art. In 1968-69, he studied guitar from Andrea Paleologos, Pepe Rodriguez, Rafael Nogales and Mino Ricardo; and harmony, counterpoint and composition from Cemal Reşid Rey at the Turkish Music State Conservatory of Istanbul Technical University. After teaching at his alma mater, Torun worked as a lecturer at the Music Department in the Faculty of Education of Marmara University between 1981and 1983. In 1975 - 1981, he performed in the Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality City Orchestra. Torun has performed oud and guitar with famous Turkish Music artists such as Niyazi Sayın (ney), Akagündüz Kutbay (ney), Cüneyd Orhon (violin), İhsan Özgen (violin), and Ruhi Ayangil (kanun) at many concerts in Turkey and abroad. Torun is one of the soloists of the Bosphorus Ensemble and the Istanbul Chamber Orchestra. He translated the book of Marcel Bitsch′s "Presic d′Harmonie Tonale" into Turkish.
Prof. Torun researched many old songs, which were written in an old-fashioned way, and rewrote them using a contemporary music score. He also researched oud performances and compositions of renowned Turkish composers such as Şerif Muhiddin Targan and Şevki Bey. Prof. Torun has published 6 books including the book "Ud Metodu" (Oud Method) (Istanbul: Çağlar Musiki Publications, 2009). He has composed many songs including Mevlevi Ayini (religious musical service), 10 ilâhi (chant), 21 saz works, 12 saz orchestra works for Turkish Music, 24 vocal music works, 9 Children′s songs, 4 works for classic guitar, 11 chorus works, 4 works for movies, and 2 works for the theatre and commercial. He has received more than 30 awards for his compositions. Currently, he serves as a lecturer at the Turkish Music Conservatory of Halic University.
Virtuoso Prof. Mutlu Torun: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DxCVGqdq__o&feature=youtu.be
Selected albums: "Rönesans ve Bizden Yorumlar" for violin, with İhsan Özgen (Istanbul 1984); "Istanbul Chamber Orchestra", conducted by Timur Selçuk, soloist: Mutlu Torun and Ruhi Ayangil; "Sortiléges" with French pianist, Colette Merklen (Paris 1997); "Occident-Orient" with French pianist, Colette Merklen (Paris 1998); "Buluşmalar" (Istanbul 2001).