Name and Surname of the Academic:

Mehmet Bitmez

Title, Department:

Lecturer / Instrumental Performance

Areas of Study:

Performance, seminar, workshop, symposium

Bachelor’s degree/Masters/ Doctorate:

Doctorate:  Bakü Uzeyir Hacıbeyli Music Academy 
Master of Arts: İTÜ TMDK Institute for Social Sciences 

İTÜ E-mail:

Web address (Personal or academic):


Bitmez, Studied the Theory of Turkish Music from Neyzen Aka Gündüz Kutbay, Bekir Sıdkı Sezgin and Cinuçen Tanrıkorur. Bitmez, who is proclaimed as one of the world’s leading oud players, has analyzed Tanburi Cemil Bey’s concept of maqam and performance and thereupon carried out extensive researches on advanced techniques and styles of performance. Having researched the performances, styles and technical qualities of oud masters such as Şerif Muhiddin Targan, Udi Nevres Bey, Yorgo Bacanos and Cinuçen Tanrıkorur, Bitmez developed a style which is fundamentally based on classical and traditional elements. However, the bright sound he manages to bring out with the oud as well as his advanced technique made him able to develop his own personal style and establish himself among the master performers of this instrument.  Bitmez has composed countless songs and instrumental pieces as well as having published extensively in the field of Musicology.  Throughout 2004-2007 and 2009-2011 he had been the head of  BİSED (The Committee of the Organization of Scientific and Artistic Activities) and he has worked as the Head of the Department of Mızraplı(plucked) Instruments for many years at ITU State Conservatory of Turkish Music.