Cem Esen was born in Adana in 1997. He began his piano education with Can Çoker at the Adana State Conservatory, where he studied for seven years.
Since 2010, he has been studying at the Istanbul State Conservatory with Prof. Metin Ülkü. He has participated in many workshops and master classes with Stefan Kovacevich, Prof. Andrej Dutkievich, Peter Florian, Gülsin Onay and Emre Şen. He performed Mozart’s “Piano Concerto No. 23 in A Major” with Çukurova Symphony Orchestra in 2009 and with Bursa Symphony Orchestra in 2010. He was awarded second place at the 2010 “International Pera Piano Competition” as well as at the “National Chopin Piano Competition” in the same year. He was a finalist in the 2011 “International Chopin Piano Competition” in Jelenia Gora in Poland. In 2012, having won first prize at the “National Adnan Saygun Piano Competition”, he performed Chopin’s “First Piano Concerto in E Minor” with Çukurova Symphony Orchestra and Izmir Symphony Orchestra. In 2012, Esen participated at theAntalya Piano Festival.
In 2013, along with being awarded with third prize at the “International Delphi Games” in Kazakhstan and third prize at the “International Maria Herrero Piano Competition” in Spain, he also won the “Young Musicians on World Stages” scholarship. In 2014 he won the special prize “For original interpretations’’ at the “International Piano Competition” in Estonya. Esen, was awarded with the “ArtEZ Conservatory Prize’’ at the “International Young Musician Piano Competition” in the Netherlands.
Esen continues his studies with Prof. Metin Ülkü at the Mimar Sinan Arts University State Conservatory and in the same time in Belgium with musician and pedagogue Alan Weiss through YMWS Project and began his studies with Prof. Roland Kruger in Germany.
Cem Esen was a scholar of the “Young Musicians on World Stages” Project initiated and mentored by Güher and Süher Pekinel and sponsored by Tüpraş from 2013 to 2015.