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Ozgur Kaya - Cello


Ozgur Kaya, born in 2001, in Ankara, Turkey, started playing the cello at the age of 12 after joining the class of Nuray Esen in Ankara State Conservatoire, followed by joining the class of Artur Rahmatulla in Bilkent University music faculty in 2017, where along with his cello education he also studied composition with Ulkemin Akbas and participated in classes of renown composers such as Bruno Mantovani and Mark Andre. During his studies in Bilkent University, he premiered a variety of works that are composed by young composers.

Since 2018 he has been continuing his cello studies at The Yehudi Menuhin School with Bartholomew LaFollette and Matthijs Broersma and chamber music with Ioan Davies and David Dolan. Being awarded a full scholarship from The Royal College of Music in London, Ozgur will be continuing his studies with Alexander Chaushian, starting in September 2021.

His chamber group "Kiana Trio" won the 1st place in the 2017 Egirdir Chamber Music Competition and the 3rd place in the 2018 AKOB Chamber Music Competition. In 2018, he performed "Variations on a Rococo Theme" by Tchaikovsky with the Bilkent Youth Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Barış Demirezer, which has been released on digital platforms. He won the finalist diploma at the 2018 Knushevitsky Competition in Russia the same year.

He is the principal cellist Ankara Youth Symphony Orchestra and Apollo Philharmonic Orchestra and has performed a wide range of orchestral repertoire from Spohr to Mahler.

In 2018 he led TURKSOY Youth Chamber Orchestra as the principal cellist, touring Montenegro, Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, performing with Viktor Tretiakov and recording under TRT label.

In 2019, as part of the "Tour of the North", gave solo performances in Blair Atholl, New Lanark, Berwick-upon-Tweed, Eyemouth and Edinburgh. In France, as the co-principal of the "Musique Cordiale" orchestra, performed under the direction of conductor James Lowe in Nice and in Normandy as part of the "Les Musique Vagabondes" festival gave solo and chamber music performances.

He has had the chance to collaborate with world renowned musicians such as Colin Carr, Alexander Chaushian, Peter Bruns, Johannes Moser, Paul Cocker, members of the Endellion Quartet, Boris Kucharsky, and Peter Horr. He also performed in baroque ensembles with the harpsichordist Wolfgang Kostujak and violinist Rebekka Hartmann.

In summer 2021, he will be performing alongside Charles Owen and Ashley Wass as a part of Summer Festival 2021 at The Menuhin Hall.

He plays an instrument made by Paul Blanchard in 1891, Lyon, that is kindly on loan to him by The Yehudi Menuhin School.

submission July 2021