Born in Istanbul-Turkey, İrem Derlen began her vocal studies with the famous soprano Filiz Ergün in the opera department in “State Conservatory of University of Istanbul”. At the Conservatory of Istanbul, she worked as a dramatic soprano in chorus and lead. She graduated from opera & sociology department in 2001 and in the same year she started to work in CRR Concert Hall as a concert & chorus singer. Under the direction of various Turkish maestros and composers, she appeared in numerous local and international operas and music productions. The next year at the conservatory, she was selected for having a master’s degree in opera winning the first title, but as she wanted to have a master’s degree in interdisciplinary actions; she changed her master’s study from opera to art in 2002.
She began her master’s degree of art in Yıldız Technical University. In her thesis, she studied on the subject of “The Production, Distribution and Consumption Process of Music Industry in Turkey after 1990s”, and graduated in 2005.
In 2002-2003 she worked as a chorus singer in CRR Concert Hall with The Istanbul State Symphony Orchestra and CRR Symphony Orchestra. Shortly after, she worked in a contemporary music ensemble named “Committee Ensemble” as a lead soprano singer, and performed in different concerts and musical theaters. After graduation, she started to work with different orchestras. With the Jazz band “Bagdat Avenue” she gave concerts in many jazz halls and universities, and she performed in various local music halls such as “Cabaret Cine, Büyük Klüp (Cercle D’Orient) and Fenerbahçe Ordu Evi”.
İrem can perform in many styles; jazz standards, latin, pop, disco, Turkish ethnic & folk songs, opera/neapolitan music, oldies; and can sing in 12 languages. While taking part in many jingles, radio spots and album records as a singer; she is also working in a private music school as a voice teacher/vocal coach. She is giving lessons in opera, jazz and pop singing and is experienced in solo voicing.
As the lead vocal of the pop jazz band “Harikalar Diyarı”, she performed in the album named “Bak Kalbine” which was released from JKS & EMI Music in 2010.
İrem is working with the music band “Grup Tria” since 2008 and performs in business meetings, congress & conventions, and wedding ceremonies…
Her latest maxi single “Gidelim Haydi” inclusive of three songs, is published by Kınay Production in july 2017 and the promotional work of the single continues at full speed.