Guitarist-composer Hakki Cengiz Eren’s music has been performed across the United States and Europe. He has worked with renowned soloists and ensembles such as Garth Knox, Juliet Fraser, Émilie Girard Charest, Ensemble Schallfeld, Ensemble Móbile, Ensemble Suono Giallo, Ensemble Composit, Schwerpunkt Ensemble, Ecce, Argus Quartet, Ensemble Nodus, University of Michigan Symphony Orchestra, Thornton Symphony Orchestra and the winner of the LA Weekly Award for Outstanding Classical Ensemble, Thornton Edge.
Among several international awards and commissions he has been recognized with are the Hans J. Salter Music Memorial Award, BNMI call for scores, Peter David Faith Memorial Award, Núcleo Música Nova call for scores, Kirkoskammer Composition Competition (special commendation), Donald Aird Earplay Competition (finalist) and the prestigious American Prize for Composition (finalist). In addition, he was one of the chosen composers for the Ablaze Records Orchestral Masters, Vol.4 in 2016.
Cengiz has participated in various international festivals, including the Royaumont Voix Nouvelles, Darmstadt Summer Course, Impuls Academy, IlSuono Academy, Composit Festival, Musiikin aika, Etchings Festival, Soundscape Festival and Los Angeles Micro-Fest. In such festivals, he has studied so far with internationally renowned names like Philippe Leroux, Alex Mincek, Pierluigi Billone, Stefan Prins, Simon Steen-Andersen, Mauricio Sotelo, Klaus Lang, Francesco Filidei, Beat Furrer, Franck Bedrossian, Mark Andre, Onur Türkmen, Joël Bons, Brian Hulse and Michael Quell among others.
A native of Turkey, Cengiz has completed his Bachelor’s degree in guitar performance at the Peabody Institute. This was followed by a Master’s degree in composition at University of Michigan. He has recently obtained a DMA in composition from the USC Thornton School of Music, where his main teachers have been Stephen Hartke, Donald Crockett and Sean Friar.
In recent times, his music has evolved through the incorporation of microtonality and with it, a significantly revitalized pitch language.