Born in Ankara in 1998, Umut Sağlam started his violoncello studies in 2009 at the Hacettepe University State Conservatory, with Tufan Tahir Tolga. During this time, he performed at several concerts, including solo performances and chamber music concerts.
In 2014, he began studying at the Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University State Conservatory with Dilbağ Tokay. He made his concerto debut as a soloist in 2014 under the baton of Gürer Aykal. In the same year, he performed several concerts as a soloist with MSFAU State Conservatory Symphony Orchestra. As a soloist, Umut Sağlam played Haydn C Major Cello Concerto with Bakırköy Chamber Orchestra and with MSFAU Youth Orchestra in 2015. Under the baton of Tulio Gagliardo Varas in 2016, he played the Tchaikovsky Rococo Variations with Samsun State Opera Orchestra. In 2017, he was awarded First Prize at the “International Young Talents Competition” held by Istanbul State Symphony Orchestra and played Haydn C Major Cello Concerto as a soloist with the orchestra under the baton of Lukasz Borowicz. Same year he performed with pianist Eren Aydoğdu in “Rising Stars Concert Series” held by Iş Arts and was awarded First Prize and the “Meriç Soylu Special Award”.
In 2015, received Second Prize at the International Competition of German and Austrian Music “Magic”. In the same year, he won First Prize at the 25th Young Musician International Competition “Città di Barletta”.
In addition to his studies at the conservatory, Umut Sağlam studied with well-known artists such as; Daniel Barenboim, Johannes Moser, Peter Bruns, Maria Kliegel, Christoph Henkel, Alexander Hülshoff, Alexander Rudin, Jiri Barta and Michael Haber.
Since 2016 Umut Sağlam is continuing his studies with Claudius Popp at the Barenboim – Said Akademie in Berlin.