Harun Izer is the director of Istanbul Jazz Festival since 2018. He joined the Istanbul Jazz Festival in 2003 and was appointed assistant director of the Festival in 2008. He successfully curated the programmes for different sections of the festival and coordinated different music projects of the Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts. Most recently he planned and implemented the showcase programme for the Istanbul Jazz Festival called “Vitrin: Showcase for Contemporary Music in Turkey”, which is going on annually since 2017.
İzer also writes music reviews for various magazines and newspapers, and hosts radio shows on local radio stations. İzer is also on the nomination committees for Paul Acket Award, presented by the North Sea Jazz Festival, and Aga Khan Music Awards to be awarded by the Aga Khan Music Initiative as of 2019. Graduated from Istanbul University Faculty of Law, Harun İzer is also a member of Istanbul Bar Association for lawyers.
Istanbul Jazz Festival brings together pioneering jazz musicians, as well as exciting new talents of contemporary music in Istanbul every July since 1994.