Mehmet Erhan Tanman
Tanman was born in Istanbul, 29 March 1980. He began his musical training with piano lessons which he studied with his father and as a chorist in TRT Child Chorus. Then he completed his part-time education on piano at Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University State Conservatory, while he was at primary school. In later years, he studied composition and orchestration with Prof. Dr. Hasan Uçarsu, Prof. Dr. Özkan Manav and Doç. Mehmet Nemutlu, harmony and fugue with Volkan Barut, counterpoint with Babür Tongur and piano with Prof. Selen Bucak at Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University State Conservatory, where he has received his bachelors degrees both in composition and piano. His works have been performed in United States, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Belgium and Turkey.
'Tanman had his first orchestral concert experience as a composer in 2005 when he was only 16, with his work Symphonic Arrangements on R. Schumann's Album for the Young performed by MSFAU Symphony Orchestra conducted by Erdem Çöloğlu. Incoming years his works and projects were commissioned and sponsored by Bludenz Kultur (Austria, 2008), Triage Modern Music Ensemble (Germany, 2010), La Mer String Quartet (Switzerland, 2011), Presidential Symphony Orchestra (Turkey, 2011), German broadcaster Deutsche Welle (Germany, 2012). and MeiningerMusik (Germany, 2013). Tanman's work for large orchestra The Traffic which was commissioned by Deutsche Welle, premiered by Turkish National Youth Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Cem Mansur, in Radio Berlin Brandenburg (Berlin), Beethovenhalle (Bonn) ve Palais de Beaux Arts (Brussels), as a part of Beethovenfest Bonn 2012.
Tanman has been studying Master of Music degree with Prof. Dr. Hasan Uçarsu at MSFUA State Conservatory and with September 2014 he's going to begin his Master of Music degree studies with Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Rihm at Hochschule für Musik Karlsruhe
His works was honored with awards such as Donizetti Classical Music Awards "Young Musician of The Year" (2013), Deutsche Welle Composition Prize (2012), Mersin International Music Festival Composition Competition – Third prize (2010). Beside these awards, a cd production of his work for large orchestra The Traffic which was premiered as a part of BeethovenFest Bonn 2012, was released by Deutsche Welle in 2013.
Beside these, Tanman has been a writer-member of Turkish classical music magazine, Andante and he has been lecturer of composition in Kocaeli University State Conservatory composition department. Tanman's projects between 2013–2015 are going to be with German ensemble Meininger Trio, two new cd projects, a new opera project with Zurich Opera and conductor Sibylle Wagner, a new Concerto for Marimba and Orchestra with percussionist Emil Kuyumcuyan and Concerto for Clarinet and Orchestra with clarinetist Selin Gürol under the baton of conductor Orhun Orhon. Nowadays, Tanman has been working on his new solo piano work Transcriptions 2, which he has been composing for pianist Fazıl Say.