Erdem Helvacıoğlu is one of the most renowned contemporary music composers of his generation in Turkey. His music has been broadcast on international radio stations such as BBC, ABC, WDR, SWR, HDR2, WNYC, SR P2 and Radio France, among others. His compositions have been included in festivals in USA, Europe, Argentina, New Zealand, Canada, Korea and many other countries. He has received commissions from the 2006 World Football Championship, 2009 Novelum Contemporary Music Festival, Museum of Mediterranean and European Civilisations, Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts, Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary, Vehbi Koç Foundation, The Association for the Art of the Harp, Borusan Center for Culture&Arts, and the world famous new music ensemble Bang on a Can All-Stars.
For his electroacoustic works, Helvacıoğlu has received awards from the Luigi Russolo, MUSICA NOVA and Insulae Electronicae Electroacoustic Music competitions.
His sound installations have been included in museums and galleries including the 10th International Istanbul Biennial, Los Angeles Track 16, Indonesia Soemardja, Köln Museum für Angewandte Kunst, ARTER - space for art and London Menier Gallery.
His solo and duo albums with Per Boysen, Ros Bandt, Şirin Pancaroğlu, Bill Walker, Ulrich Mertin, Bruce Tovsky, Stuart Gerber have been included in the “best albums of the year” listed by magazines such as All About Jazz, Textura, Cyclic Defrost, Blogcritics, Guitar Player, Audio Video, Culture Catch, Exclaim! and Perfect Sound Forever. His latest filmscore to Seaburners (directed by Melisa Önel), which premiered at the Berlin International Film Festival 2014,was referred to by the Hollywood Reporter as an “outstanding soundwork”.
His compositional output has been discussed in long articles on prestigious magazines such as Musicworks, Signal to Noise, Electronic Musician, Neue Zeitschrift für Musik and Guitar Player.
Helvacıoğlu’s music has been referred to as "well crafted and vivid" (The Wire), “groundbreaking” (All About Jazz), "challenging yet always beautiful" (Exclaim!), “emotionally evocative soundscapes with remarkable beauty” (Montreal Mirror), “uncommonly deep, intelligent, and beautiful” (Guitar Player), “luscious and unique” (Alternate Music Press), “completely arresting and disarmingly beautiful” (Luna Kafe), "stimulating and provocative" (Blogcritics), "outstanding" (ARRAY), and "extraordinarily inventive and fascinating" (Fanfare).
Currently Helvacıoğlu is working on a new cello and electronics piece commissioned by Ashley Bathgate, cellist for Bang on a Can All-Stars, and a qanun and electronics piece commissioned by Esra Berkman. Furthermore he is working on the upcoming albums Eleven Short Stories Volume 2 and Marseille Listens to Marseille which will be released by the American record labels Innova Records and Starkland Records.
His work is published by Bosworth Music GmbH, a division of MUSIC SALES GROUP.
Helvacıoğlu lives and works in New York and Istanbul.