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

News

  • “Rhapsodie en Architecture” FIU Miami Guitar Orchestra Spring Concert April 18, 2014
    The FIU-Miami Guitar Orchestra, directed by Mesut Özgen, will present an exciting program of music from Baroque to modern, as well as jazz and traditional musics from Latin America, Ireland, and Zimbabwe at the Wertheim Performing Arts Center...

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  • New Music Miami Festival
    New Music Miami Festival presents FIU Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Grzegorz Nowak, and NODUS Ensemble on January 31, 2014 at 7:30 pm, featuring works by Orlando Jacinto Garcia, Juan Vasquez, Fredrick Kaufman, Paula Matthusen, Rick Snow, Krzesimir Debski, and...

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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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