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Guitar Virtuoso Celil Refik Kaya Performs with the Punta Gorda Symphony

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.

John Davis has been a full-time Reporter/Producer for WGCU since 2009. He is the local host for NPR’s Morning Edition and producer and host for WGCU’s radio talk program Gulf Coast Live! John came to WGCU as an intern in 2007, and is now reporting on a broad spectrum of topics of interest to Southwest Florida. Prior to joining WGCU, he worked at WDUQ-FM in Pittsburgh, PA covering local government and general assignments.John studied journalism at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, before earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication from Florida Gulf Coast University. His work has garnered awards from the Press Club of Western Pennsylvania, the Radio Television Digital News Association, and a first place award and “Best in Show” from the Florida Associated Press for his investigative work in 2011.