Bülent Okan was born in Schwäbisch Hall, Germany in 1969 but completed his primary and secondary education in Uşak, Turkey. His interest in music began at an early age, and in 1986 he began studying oud and musicology with Onur Akdoğu. Two years later he entered the Eğe University State Turkish Music Conservatory, where he gave his first oud recital, graduating in 1993. The same year he began graduate studies at the Istanbul Technical University State Conservatory of Turkish Music, completing these studies in 1996. He also studied for a doctorate in Islamic history at the Dokuz Eylül University in İzmir. Okan is currently a member of the İzmir State Classical Turkish Music Chorus.