İhsan Özgen is a self-taught musician, composer, and teacher. He performs on a variety of stringed instruments including kemençe (kemenche), tanbur, lavta, and cello. Among these, the kemençe carries the most importance for him. Özgen has also studied the techniques of playing the violoncello and violin and has applied new techniques to the playing of the kemençe, such as new left hand positions and bow techniques. Özgen's fame is usually associated with his kemençe playing and melodic taksims (improvisations).