Turkish classical guitarist Cem Duruöz (pronounced "Gem") won Artists International's Special Presentation Award, as a result of which he will perform at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall on April 12, 2004. The program will feature Duruöz' own transcriptions of French Baroque composer Marin Marais' gamba music. In addition to his A minor suite, he will narrate and perform Marais' bizarre programmatic piece "Depiction of a Surgery for the Removal of a Stone". The CD in which Mr. Duruöz recorded these works received critical acclaim from magazines such as BBC Music, Fanfare and American Record Guide, which called it "Stylish, elegant and unexpectedly idiomatic." The concert will also include "Variations Sur Les Folies d'Espagne" by Giuliani, Prelude, Fugue and Allegro (BWV 998) by Bach, Four Pieces by Hahn, two works by Piazzolla, traditional tangos from Argentina, and a work especially written for this occasion by Juilliard Faculty composer Philip Lasser.
A non-profit organization, Artists International holds annual award auditions to select outstanding artists and present their New York debut recitals. The concert is co-sponsored by the "Moon and Stars Project", another non-profit organization promoting the cultural interaction between the United States and Turkey.
"Committed playing and devotion to beauty of sound and thought"
wrote the Greek newsletter Paros Life -one of the accolades that guitarist Cem Duruöz has received from critics.
Mr. Duruöz' recent concert appearances include performances as soloist with the Presidential Symphony Orchestra
in Turkey as well as recitals at the Paros Music Festival in Greece, the SESC/Pro-Música Guitar Festival
in Brazil, the Eskisehir Festival in Turkey, the ICPNA Guitar Festival
in Peru, and the South Bay Guitar Society
in California, USA. During the 2003-2004 season he will participate in La Guitarra California Festival
in California and will give his Carnegie Hall Debut Recital
at the Weill Recital Hall in New York, as a recipient of the Artists International Special Presentation Award.
Being interested in early music, Mr. Duruöz (www.duruoz.com) transcribed and recorded some of the gamba music by French baroque composer Marin Marais
in his first solo CD "Pièces de Viole", which received critical acclaim in international magazines such as American Record Guide, Fanfare, Classics Today, Classical Guitar
and BBC Music
(Centaur CRC 2498, www.piecesdeviole.com). On the other hand, being a contemporary music enthusiast, he commissioned new works from emerging composers and recorded them in his new CD "Contemporary Music for Guitar"
(Centaur CRC 2563), along with masterpieces of the guitar repertoire by Walton
Turkish born guitarist Cem Duruöz, (or "Gem" as pronounced in his native tongue) began his training with Safa Gürbüz
and continued with Ahmet Kanneci.
He won the first prize in the Turkish National Guitar Competition at the age of seventeen. Later he moved to the United States and completed his graduate guitar studies at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music with David Tanenbaum
and The Juilliard School with Sharon Isbin.
He currently teaches guitar at Wesleyan University.