Since his concert debut at the age of 6, Celil Refik Kaya has received high promised repetitions and accolades for his myriad accomplishments at an early age, winning First Prize in the 2012 JoAnn Falletta International Guitar Concerto Competition with the Buffalo Philharmonic; prizewinner of international guitar competitions including Sofia Bulgaria, Naxos Greece, Vienna, Istanbul, and throughout the United States, highlighted awards winner at top competitions such as 2012 Guitar Foundation of America (GFA), Indiana International Guitar Competititon, Boston Guitar Competition, Texas International Guitar Competition, Schadt String Competition, Philadelphia Guitar Competition, Texas International Guitar Competition, Indiana International Guitar Compeition and Boston Guitar Competition. In 2017 He has been awarded “Rising Young Musician of the Year” by the Donizettti Music Classical Awards in Istanbul.
Mr. Kaya performed in the most prestigious concert halls and festivals around the United States including solo recitals, concerto performances and masterclasses on the D’Addario Performance Series at Carnegie Hall, The Frick Collection Museum in NYC Summer Artists series, New York Guitar Seminar Festival at Mannes College, Round Top Festival in Texas, Brevard Music Festival, Raritan River Music Festival and Ankara International Music Festival, also numerous Radio broadcast and concert performances throughout United States and Turkey.
Besides a concert soloist, Kaya is also known as an avid composer where he has more than 100 pieces including works for orchestra, solo guitar, violin, piano, string trio, duets and many others. His chamber and instrumental works were performed throughout United States, Turkey, South Korea and Sydney’s Opera House. His selected works were published by Les Productions d’Oz in Canada and FDPublications in the United States.
Celil Refik Kaya is the third recipient of Harvard’s prestigious Dumbarton Oaks –Early Career Musician Fellowship as well as holding the Harrington Fellowship at The University of Texas at Austin under the study of renowned guitarist Adam Holzman.
New York City Sonata by Celil Refik Kaya
The Water is Wide (Traditional) arr. by Celil Refik Kaya
At the Party by Celil Refik Kaya
Baião, Minyo, Koyunbaba by Carlo Domeniconi
Romanza, Choro de Saudade, Vals No. 3 Op. 3, Danza Paraguaya No. 1 by Agustin Mangore Barrios
Salsa, Celil’s Prelude and Dance, Little Rhapsody by Jorge Morel