Kerem Görsev began his adventure in music at the age of 6 when he started studying piano at the classical music conservatory in Istanbul. He continued his musical education at the Istanbul State Conservatory for twelve years until he started to play jazz. His first admirations were for Parker and Miles. After this, he has always liked bop and bebop music. This influence has been persistent throughout his professional life. Kerem Görsev never fails to mention how good he feels when listening to Bill Evans.
In the early years of his career, he has performed at the various clubs in Istanbul both with Turkish and foreign musicians. Some of the musicians he has played with are: Ed Howard, Rabin Kenyata, Doris Troy, Vinnie Night, Eric Revis, LaVerne Butler, Allan Harris, Clifford Jarvis, Harvey Thompson, Russell Gunn, Steve Kirby, Alvester Garnett. During multiple jam sessions, he has played with Ralph Moore, Pat Metheny, Kenny Garret, Tomy Campbell, Joshua Redman and Wynton Marsalis. Also, he has performed in two concerts with Elvin Jones Jazz Machine in Eskişehir Festival in 1999.
Recognized as a talented composer and pianist, he has started his recording with his first album “Hands and Lips” in 1994. Since then, he has produced a total of 13 albums of his own. In his albums, he has explored a wide spectrum- ranging from his duo albums featuring American jazz standards to his orchestral album called “November in St.Petersburg” which consists of his own compositions and is recorded with the St.Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra. In between lies Kerem Gorsev’s other albums recorded in the more traditional, classical jazz trio or quintet formats.
In 2001, Kerem Görsev recorded and released “Warm Autumn” in New York with Eric Revis Russell Gunn, JD Allen, Jason Jackson, Eric Revis, Alvester Garnett, and Kahlil Kewane Bell. This album was followed by a different concept album,
“Existence” - a meeting point between jazz and classical music. In 2004, the artist recorded his next album “Meeting Point” with Russell Gunn, Eric Revis, Alvester Garnett and Marcus Strickland in New York. The album featured all his original compositions.
In 2009, Kerem Görsev Trio has performed “Diversion” project at different
festivals and concerts venues both nationally and internationally.
Kerem Görsev had many performances in Turkey and abroad since the early days of his career. In the past ten years, he has performed at various festivals, university concerts and organizations in many cities in addition to Istanbul
including Trabzon, Antalya, Malatya, Isparta, Bodrum, Çe me ,Manisa and İzmir
as well as international performances in Baku, Vilnius, Copenhagen, Muenster,
Coesfeld, Stuttgart, Islamabad, Cyprus, Vienna, and Bologna .
Kerem Gorsev finished the recordings of his latest project "Diversion" in 2008.
This album is a trio album and features eight new compositions. “Diversion” was
released in January, 2009.
The following are some of the artist’s important concerts:
• Kerem Görsev Quartet + 3 -2nd
International Istanbul Jazz Festival ,1995
• Kerem Görsev Trio – Slovenia ,1996
• Elvin Jones Jazz Machine – 5th
International Eski ehir Jazz Festival 1999
• Kerem Görsev Existence Project – 9th
International Istanbul Jazz
• Kerem Görsev Trio - International Baku Jazz Festival, 2004
• Kerem Görsev Trio - International Vilnius Jazz Festival 2005.
• Kerem Görsev Orange Juice Project – 13th
International Istanbul Jazz
• Kerem Görsev & Istanbul Jazz Band, ‘Wiener Kafeesiederball’
• Kerem Görsev Trio - 36th
International Pescara Jazz Festival , 2008
• Kerem Görsev Trio - Umbria Jazz 08, 2008
• Kerem Görsev Trio - 18th Akbank Jazz Festival , 2008
• Kerem Görsev with Alexander Shustin and St.Petersburg
Philharmonic Orchestra – St.Petersburg ,2008
• Kerem Görsev – “Diversion” Project - the 6th International İzmir
Jazz Festival ,2009
• Kerem Görsev Trio – British Academy Concert , Muscat 2009
The Kerem GörsevTrio toured different cities in Turkey in last quarter of the year continuing into the beginning of 2010. In 2009, the Diversion project was performed at various festivals and concert halls in Izmir, Side, Alanya, Antalya , Manisa and Istanbul. In 2010, he participated in the International Ankara Jazz Festival followed by a series of concerts in the southeast of the country, including Gaziantep, Antakya and Adana. These trio concerts were followed by a different concept of performances where the artist performed five concerts with vocalist Allan Harris with a repertoire of jazz standards from their own albums and more.
The Kerem Görsev Trio performed the opening act for Tony Bennett concert at the 17th International Istanbul Jazz Festival in July, 2010.
Kerem Görsev released his latest album "Therapy" in December 2010. The album was recorded at Abbey Road Studios with London Philharmonia Orchestra, conducted by Alan Broadbent . “Therapy” features ten compositions by Kerem Görsev. Musicians on the album include Ernie Watts (tenor saxophone), Kağan Yıldız (doublebass) , Ferit Odman (drums).