Kerem Görsev was born in 1961 in Istanbul. He started musical studies at Istanbul Municipal Conservatory in 1967 and then continued at Istanbul State Conservatory in 1972. His passion for jazz began during his conservatory studies, and until his first record was released, he performed at various jazz clubs with many jazz musicians including Ed Howard, Rabin Kenyata, Doris Troy, Vinnie Night, LaVerne Butler, Allan Harris, Clifford Jarvis, and Harvey Thompson.
In 1994, he released his first record “Hands and Lips,” followed by 18 records and great achievements through his music career. “Therapy,” released in 2010, was nominated for a Grammy candidate under “Grand Jazz Orchestras” category.
Kerem Görsev completed records at prestigious music studios such as London Abbey Road and LA United Records with world-renowned orchestras including London Philharmonic, Los Angeles Strings, Prague Philharmonic, and St. Petersburg Philharmonic. He collaborated with Grammy-awarded jazz musicians such as Alan Broadbent, Ernie Watts, Joe LaBarbera and also shared the stage with them in numerous concerts and jazz festivals in Turkey. For “Warm Autumn” and “Meeting Point” records, recorded in New York in 1998 and 2003, he worked with Russell Gunn, Steve Kirby, Alvester Garnett, Marcus Strickland, Eric Revis and JD Allen, and he also performed with those artists across Turkey.
Along with internationally-recognized jazz festivals including Marciac, Umbria, Pescara, Bologna, Vilnius, L’viv, Macedonia, Islamabad and Baku, he took the stage in many more countries and organizations such as New York, London, Copenhagen, Muenster, Coesfeld, Hamburg, Köln, Stuttgart, and Islamabad, meeting music enthusiasts across the world.
Kerem Görsev is also known for his research and broadcasting work. Since 1997, he has hosted “Kerem Görsev’le Jazz” (“Jazz with Kerem Görsev”) TV show and a series of radio shows, making great contributions to the promotion and popularization of jazz in Turkey.
During trio performances, Kağan Yıldız (contrabass) and Ferit Odman (drums) accompany Kerem Görsev; and the quartet project includes Engin Recepoğulları (saxophone). Kerem Görsev performs at three different projects with a trio, quartet and symphonic orchestra: Since his first release, from trio compositions to philharmonic arrangements, he has offered different formats of acoustic jazz, taking stage with a repertoire largely consisting of his own compositions, and he continues to offer music enthusiasts the best jazz experience with his dynamic performance and vibrant positive energy.