Countertenor Cenk Karaferya graduated from Trinity College of Music, he is currently at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama continuing his post-graduate studies with Andrew Watts. Cenk is a proud recipient of the Borusan Music Scholarship. He is also supported by Talent Unlimited.
His recent engagements were with the Teatru Manoel in La Clemenza di Tito (Annio), Izmir State Opera & Ballet in Agrippina (Narciso), concert performances in the 2nd Valletta International Baroque Festival with Les Bougies Baroques and Izmir State Symphony Orchestra, recital in the 1st season of Zorlu Centre Performing Arts Centre with Broschi Ensemble, Wigmore Hall debut and further performances at The Holburne with Les Bougies Baroques.
He has performed with the Izmir State Opera & Ballet in an Donizetti Classical Music Awards winning production of Agrippina (Narciso), Royal Swedish Opera Orchestra in Saul (David), Opera de Bauge in Dido and Aeneas (Sprit & 1st Witch) also Rodelinda (Bartarido), Conscience in Toby Young’s Diary of a Thief with Olivier Award winner OperaUpClose, and London Contemporary Opera in Philip Venables' The Schmuerz.
Cenk has sung in solo concerts with Divino Sospiro, I Virtuosi Delle Muse, Barockorchester La Banda, Les Bougies Baroques, and Broschi Ensemble performing at prestigious venues such as the Southbank Centre, Centro Cultural de Belém Lisbon, London Handel Festival, Greenwich Festival of Early Music, Jacqueline du Pré Music Building, Izmir Opera House, Istanbul Barok Festival, St John’s Smith Square, St James’s Piccadilly, and Albert Long Hall Istanbul.
L’Opera Magazine has selected him as ‘Amongst Who’s Hot in Opera - Countertenors’ in it’s 2009 July issue. Equally at home in recital, Cenk has been one of the core artists that Handel House, has nurtured since its existence. He has given countless solo recitals and has received considerable acclaim for his broadcasts on CNN, BBC Radio, RTP 2 and TRT. He has recorded Handel’s Messiah for documentaries shown on BBC Two and TRT Muzik.
Cenk’s future engagements are with the British Youth Opera in the cover title role of Jonathan Dove’s The Little Green Swallow, recital of songs in Madrid’s Music Above the Park concert series and Budapest’s FUGA concert hall with mezzo-soprano Judit Rajk, further operatic and concert engagements in Turkey.
Cenk has had masterclasses with David Daniels, Brian Asawa, Christoph Prégardien, Amanda Roocroft and Emma Kirkby.