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(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 from the Donizetti Classical Music Awards in Istanbul in 2017.

Kaya has performed in the most prestigious concert halls and festivals around the US and Turkey, including Carnegie Hall, the Frick Collection Museum, the New York City Guitar School (NYCGS), the Round Top Festival Institute, Brevard and the Ankara International Music Festival, as well as numerous radio and TV broadcasts throughout the US and Turkey.

Born in Istanbul, Celil Refik Kaya studied in Turkey with his father Mehmet Refik Kaya, Yusuf Doğan Buyukoğut, Raffi Arslanyan and Soner Egesel. He later undertook his master’s degree at the Mannes School of Music, New York, with Michael Newman and privately with Sharon Isbin. Kaya is only the third recipient of Harvard University’s prestigious Dumbarton Oaks Early-Career Musician Fellowship, and also holds the Harrington Fellowship at The University of Texas at Austin under the study of renowned guitarist Adam Holzman. Kaya is also an avid composer, with his chamber and instrumental works being performed throughout the US, Turkey, South Korea and Australia.

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