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CELIL REFIK-KAYA

Since his concert début at the age of six, Celil Refik Kaya has received accolades for his many accomplishments, winning first prize at the 2012 JoAnn Falletta International Guitar Concerto Competition with the Buffalo Philharmonic. He has also won first prize at international guitar competitions including those held in Philadelphia, Boston, Indiana, Texas, Sofia and Istanbul. Additionally he is a prizewinner at competitions such as the 2012, 2014, 2016 Guitar Foundation of America (GFA), Schadt String Competition, Pearl and Julius Rising Young Stars, and the Columbus State and Louisville Guitar Competitions. He appears in recital, chamber music, and with orchestra throughout the United States and Europe. As a concerto soloist, he has collaborated to great acclaim with professional orchestras such as the Buffalo Philharmonic, Istanbul State Symphony, Bilkent Symphony, Round Top Festival Orchestra, Brevard Festival Orchestra, and the Lake Placid Sinfonietta, among others. He has conducted many masterclasses at music festivals and universities throughout the United States and Europe. Born in Istanbul in 1991, he began his interest in classical guitar at the age of six with his father, Mehmet Refik Kaya. His principal early teachers included Yusuf Doğan Büyükoğüt, Raffi Arslanyan, and Soner Egesel. When he was nineteen, he earned his Bachelor of Music degree from the Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University State Conservatory, Istanbul, with the Highest Honour Award, and was granted the “Excellence” Scholarship from the Turkish Educational Foundation. During his bachelorʼs degree he studied composition with the Turkish composer Mehmet Nemutlu. He completed his Master of Music Degree at Mannes College in New York City under Michael Newman, Sharon Isbin and Frederic Hand and now holds the Harrington Fellowship and a teaching assistantship at the University of Texas at the Austin Butler School of Music as a candidate of the Doctor of Musical Arts program, in the class of Adam Holzman. Celil Refik Kaya plays a 2012 Garrett Lee guitar.

For more information, visit www.celilrefikkaya.com.

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