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anatolianfantasy
Mesut Özgen — Anatolian Fantasy
Release date : Jan. 25, 2013
Label : Turquoise Guitar Editions

News

  • “Carnavalito” FIU Miami Guitar Orchestra Fall 2014 Concerts
    The FIU-Miami Guitar Orchestra, directed by Mesut Özgen, will present an eclectic program of music from Baroque to modern, as well as jazz and traditional musics from the Andes, and Colombia in two concert at the Wolfsonian-FIU in Miami...

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  • YouTube Channel Launches with Videos from the Plucked Baroque Concert
    The official Mesut Özgen YouTube Channel launched with a video playlist from the first concert of FIU GuitArt Series 2014-15. The playlist includes four videos with the visiting artist, internationally renown harpsichordist, composer, and Baroque...

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Music Samples

  • “This is a great virtuoso who will dazzle audiences for years to come.” Benjamin Verdery, Yale University School of Music
  • “Özgen’s playing is stunningly versatile and expressive throughout.” Acoustic Guitar
  • “Troubadour CD is a shining example of this guitarist’s great talent.” Guitar Review
  • “Mesut Özgen delivers performances that are forceful and convincing even when the music is dauntingly difficult.” Soundboard (Guitar Foundation of America)
  • “…an exceptional talent who breathes freshness into every piece he plays.” Acoustic Player Magazine
  • “Mesut Özgen is a highly accomplished and exciting player; he gets the most out of the music he performs… The phrasing is immaculate and his technical capabilities are considerable.” Classical Guitar Magazine
  • “…an extremely gifted guitarist.” Rosalyn Tureck, harpsichordist, conductor, Julliard School

About the Artist

Mesut Özgen has performed and taught master classes throughout the United States, Spain, and Turkey and has been on the guitar faculty at the University of California, Santa Cruz since 1998.

He was the first guitarist to be awarded the "Dean's Prize," which is the highest honorary prize of the Yale School of Music. He began playing guitar in 1981 while pursuing his study at the School of Medicine.

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