Latest Recording

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

News

  • 2018 MIGF Festival and Competition Dates Announced
    The 2018 Miami International GuitART Festival will be hosted by the Florida International University School of Music from February 19-25, 2017. The Concert Artist Performance and Composition Competitions with $10,000 prizes are now open for registration!
  • FIUMGO Concert: Criolla para Adelita on November 14, 2017
    The FIU Miami Guitar Orchestra, directed by Mesut Özgen, will present the fall concert, as part of the FIU GuitArt Series, with an exciting program of music from Renaissance to modern, as well as jazz and traditional music from Peru at...

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  • "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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