World-class Classical Guitar in Wilmington, Delaware

Celil Refik Kaya with special guest Zachary Grim – Thursday February 19th

Celil Refik Kaya
The Wilmington Classical Guitar Society is proud to present award-winning guitarist Celil Refik Kaya with special guest Zachary Grim!

CONCERT: Celil Refik Kaya, classical guitar with special guest Zachary Grim

Date: Thursday February 19, 2015 at 8:00 pm
Admission: FREE
Location: Gore Recital Hall in the Roselle Center for the Arts, University of Delaware, 110 Orchard Road, Newark, DE 19716
Parking: Paid parking in parking garage or street

Praised as a “young genius of the guitar,” award-winning Turkish guitarist Celil Refik Kaya performs a program of inspiring classical guitar music.

Join us earlier in the day for a master class (2:30) and meet-and-greet (5:00) with this amazing young artist (see calendar at for details).

A reception featuring MyHouse Cookies will follow the concert.

Share our event on Facebook and invite your friends!

Praised as a“young genius of the guitar” reviewers have proclaimed, “The clean precision of Kaya’s playing, against the rushing sea of the orchestra, was spectacular and beautiful. It was a privilege to have been there.”

2012 JoAnn Falletta International Guitar Concerto Competition first prize winner and GFA (Guitar Foundation of America) International Concert Artist Competition second prizewinner Celil Refik Kaya has been receiving accolades for his many accomplishments since an early age.

Kaya’s 2013 season included performances at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall on the D’Addario Performance Series, New York Guitar Seminar at Mannes
Brevard Music Festival,, Round Top Music Festival, and Nevada County Guitar Festival, and as soloist with the Buffalo Philharmonic, Brevard Symphony, Lake Placid Symphony, and Bilkent Symphony.

Kaya was born in Istanbul in 1991. Because of his great passion for music, at the age of six he began classical guitar studies with his father, Dr. Mehmet Refik Kaya.Throughout his career, Kaya also studied advanced interpretation with Maestro Raffi Arslanyan and gave his first concert in the Cemal Resit Rey Concert Hall in Istanbul when he was six years old. Kaya went on to perform for numerous live television and radio programs in Europe and at age 13 went on to win the 2004 Forum Gitarre Wien which is one of the most important guitar competitions in Vienna.

Celil Refik Kaya is a top prize winner in numerous international competitions including the 2009 Sofia Bulgaria Young Virtuosos Competition, 2008 Istanbul Pera Guitar,Festival and Competition, Philadelphia Guitar Society International Guitar Competition,The 30th International Classical Guitar Competion, Naxos, Greece. Pearl and Julius Rising Young Stars Music Competition Queens Symphony Young Soloist Competition, Louisville Guitar Competition, Columbus State University Guitar Competition.

Kaya has shown an impressive commitment to new music. He has presented the New York premiere of Roberto Sierra’s “Folias” with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, the World Premiere of both Derwyn Holder’s Guitar Concerto with the New Jersey Baroque Orchestra and Turkish composer Suleyman Alnitemiz’s Guitar Concerto with Istanbul State Symphony Orchestra . He was soloist with many other symphony orchestras including the Bilkent Symphony Orchestra, and Mimar Sinan Symphony Orchestra.

In 2011, Kaya graduated from the Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University State Conservatory with the Highest Honor Degree and ranked first in the entire conservatory that year. While at Mimar Sinan, he studied guitar with Soner Egesel, chamber music with Vieri Bottazzini. While attending the Mimar Sinan Conservatory, Kaya was granted the “Excellence” Scholarship from the Turkish Foundation of Education.

Besides being virtuosic solo guitarist touring around. Kaya also squeezed his busy schedule to devote himself a lot into composition and arrangement Until today he has just finished his Op. 58. His composition teachers were Mehmet Nemutlu and Frederic Hand. His compositions were performed in the U.S, Australia and Korea.

He completed his Master of Music studies as a scholarship student of Michael Newman at Mannes College The New School For Music in New York City, as well as private studies with multiple Grammy award-winning guitarist Sharon Isbin, Celil has now entered the Doctor of Musical Arts program at University of Texas’s Butler School of Music as a Harrington Fellow in the studio of Adam Holzman.

Kaya has performed in classes by such masters as David Russell, Tilman Hoppstock, Thomas Muller Pering, Hubert Kappell, Gerald Garcia, Costas Cotsiolis, Tadashi Sasaki, and Roland Dyens.

Celil Refik Kaya is poised to lead his generation as an artist in the tradition of his masters.

For more information about Celil Refik Kaya, please visit:

About The Author


Started in June, 2009


Comments are closed.