Kaan Bıyıkoğlu studied engineering and cognitive science at the Middle East Technical University (ODTÜ) in Ankara. During his studies he already performed as a pianist with jazz greats such as Tuna Ötenel, Yıldız İbrahimova, Yahya Dai, Sibel Köse, and Kürşat And. After graduating in piano from the State Conservatory of Başkent University, Ankara, he continued his jazz education at the Rotterdam Conservatory. During his time in the Netherlands he worked with musicians such as Kris Goessens, Rob van Bavel, and Ilja Reijngoud. He attended master classes by Barry Harris, Charlie Haden, Peter Erskine, Billy Hart, and Jason Moran. Kaan Bıyıkoğlu teaches at Sabancı University, Istanbul.