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Celil Refik Kaya

Celil Refik Kaya

Early-Career Musician Resident, 2017–2018

Since his concert debut at the age of 6, Celil Refik Kaya has performed in many concert halls and festivals around the United States and Turkey, and has received many accolades, including as the youngest winner of the 2012 JoAnn Falletta International Guitar Concerto Competition. In 2017 he was awarded “Rising Young Musician of the Year” by the Donizetti Classical Music Awards in Istanbul. Mr. Kaya has recorded four albums with Naxos Records, including, during his residency, two of Agustin Barrios Mangore.

Besides a concert soloist, Kaya is also a composer. During his residency at Dumbarton Oaks, he composed a string quartet and a quintet for guitar and strings. He also composed several chamber music works that include unique Turkish instruments such as the rebab, a solo violin suite featuring Turkish makams and rhythms, as well as concert études for the oud. Some of these works will be performed in 2019 at Dumbarton Oaks.