The Punta Gorda Symphony’s classical concert series continues with a performance this Sunday evening, Feb. 9, that will feature award-winning classical guitarist and composer Celil Refik Kaya. He’ll be the concert’s featured solo artist performing Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco’s Guitar Concerto No. 1.
Celil Refik Kaya is a celebrated guitar virtuoso whose concert debut came at the age of six. He’s won international guitar competitions in Bulgaria, Greece, Austria, Turkey, and throughout the U.S.
Ahead of his upcoming performance, we sit down with Celil Refik Kaya for a conversation about the concerto and about his life journey through music beginning with his early upbringing in Istanbul.