Celil Refik Kaya in Concert
Friday, February 24, 2017
7:30 pm WPAC Concert Hall

$15 general, $10 senior, FIU faculty and staff, $5 student

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In collaboration with the Boston GuitarFest, the Miami International GuitART Festival proudly presents the winner of 2016 Boston GuitarFest Competition Celil Refik Kaya.

His playing, which was concentrated yet seemingly effortless, created waves of melody and harmony that seemed to hypnotically wash over packed audience in Mayo Concert Hall” – Zachary Sclar, The Signal

Since his concert debut at the age of 6, Celil has received accolades for his myriad accomplishments at an early age. In addition to winning First Prizes in the prestigious 2012 JoAnn Falletta International Guitar Concerto Competition with the Buffalo Philharmonic and the 2016 Boston GuitarFest Competition, he is also a top prizewinner of many other international guitar competitions in Sofia Bulgaria, Naxos Greece, Vienna, Istanbul, and throughout the United States. His awards include the first prizes in some of the biggest competitions in the world, such as 2012 Guitar Foundation of America (GFA), Indiana International Guitar Competition, Schadt String Competition, Philadelphia Guitar Competition, Texas International Guitar Competition, Pearl and Julius Rising Young Stars, Columbus State and Louisville Guitar Competitions.

Kaya appears as a soloist and international artist touring around the United States and Europe. As a concert soloist, he has collaborated with professional orchestras such as the Buffalo Philharmonic, Istanbul State Symphony, Bilkent Symphony, Round Top Festival Orchestra, Brevard Festival Orchestra, Lake Placid Sinfonietta, etc. which Celil has gained his great artistic recognition internationally. He conducted many masterclasses in the Music Festivals and Universities throughout the United States and Europe.

He had presented the premieres of concertos by Roberto Sierra (Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra), Derwyn Holder (New Jersey Baroque Orchestra), Leonard Handler, and Suleyman Alnitemiz (Istanbul State Symphony). Celil’s first album “Music of Jorge Morel” is going be released by leading record company NAXOS in 2016.

This concert is sponsored by the Turkish Consulate General in Miami.