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CELIL REFIK-KAYA  

(b 1991 )

Celil Refik Kaya was awarded First Prize at the JoAnn Falletta International Guitar Concerto Competition in 2012 and has since received multiple awards from several prestigious American guitar competitions, as well as the Rising Young Musician of the Year by the Donizetti Music Classical Awards in Istanbul.

Kaya has performed in the most prestigious concert halls and festivals around the United States and collaborated with orchestras such as the Buffalo Philharmonic, the Virginia Symphony, the Presidential Symphony Orchestra in Turkey, the Istanbul State Symphony, the Hilton Head Symphony, the Brevard Festival Orchestra, the Lake Placid Sinfonietta and the Bilkent Symphony, among others.

He has given premiere performances of concertos by Roberto Sierra, Derwyn Holder, Leonard Handler and Süleyman Alnitemiz, and has worked closely with composers including Lowell Liebermann and Jorge Morel, among others.

Born in Istanbul, Turkey, Celil Refik Kaya studied in Turkey and later pursued his master’s degree in New York City at Mannes College. Kaya studied in the studio of Michael Newman as well as private studies with GRAMMY® Award-winning guitarist Sharon Isbin. Kaya is also an avid composer, with his chamber and instrumental works being performed throughout United States, Turkey, South Korea and at the Opera House in Sydney.

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