13th Annual Boston Turkish Film Festival | March 20 - April 26 2014


CEM DURUÖZ, guitar

"From Anatolia to the World"


Cem DuruozWith a recent cover article feature published by the UK based Classical Guitar magazine, Cem Duruöz was characterized as an “extraordinarily gifted player” and “cultural ambassador who delivered a generous and landmark introduction of new repertoire”.

The American Record Guide/Music in Concert recently wrote: "His flawless classical technique, depth of color, long flowing lines, clean playing and tight rhythmic style made everyone listen in an entirely different way. In a total hush, I felt the audience transformed."

Cem Duruöz has performed in four continents in countries such as Argentina, Brazil, Peru, Bolivia, Paraguay, Japan, France, Greece, Bosnia, Spain, the UK, Serbia, Kosovo, Poland, Mexico, throughout Turkey and the USA.

His recent concert appearances include a return performance at the Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall in New York in a program titled Guitar in Turkey, his UK premiere performance at the Purcell Room in London, his Concierto de Aranjuez performances with the Turkish National Symphony Orchestra, a French Baroque Concert at the prestigious Istanbul Festival, recitals at the Guitarras del Mundo Festival in Argentina,  Baščaršijske Noći Festival in Bosnia-Herzegovina as well as the World Premiere performance of the Concerto Anatolia by David Hahn in Texas.

A multi-faceted musician, Cem Duruöz has collaborated with bandoneón master Raul Jaurena, gambist John Dornenburg, guitarist Philippe Bertaud and soprano Camille Zamora. A frequent soloist, he has appeared with more than ten orchestras regularly performing Rodrigo’s Concierto de Aranjuez among others.

Mr. Duruöz has released four CDs to international critical acclaim: “Pièces de Viole”, featuring his arrangements of Marais’ French baroque gamba music, and “Contemporary Music for Guitar” both released by Centaur Records. His most recent solo CD, “Desde el Alma - Tango Classics” was released last year under ADA-Müzik label and called “A masterpiece” by Argentine critics. The CD features a variety of tango styles such as the milonga and vals as well as some of the most famous tangos transcribed by him using the interpretations of the legendary Argentine Tango orchestras of the 20th century. His most recent solo CD “Treasures of Anatolia” represents his return to his roots, featuring his own arrangements of various styles of Traditional Turkish Music.

Turkish born guitarist Cem Duruöz won the first prize in the Turkish National Guitar Competition at the age of seventeen. After receiving his Master’s degree at the San Francisco Conservatory he completed his graduate guitar studies at The Juilliard School with Sharon Isbin. As an enthusiastic educator, Cem Duruöz has been giving master-classes throughout the world and teaching guitar performance at Wesleyan University.


Variations Sur Les Folies d’Espagne
Mauro Giuliani

Anatolian Suite (1983)
1. Ağıt (Elegy) (b.1958)
2. Oyun (Dance)
3. Şarkı (Song)
4. Halay (Folk Dance)

Bekir Küçükay
Nihavend Semai (arr. Duruöz)
Şerif Muhiddin Targan

Capriccio alla Danza (2002)
Koray Sazlı
(b. 1973)

Milonga del Angel
Verano Porteño
Astor Piazzolla


Capricho Arabe
F. Tárrega

Two Spanish Pieces

R. Sainz de la Maza

Two Tangos from Argentina (arr. Duruöz)
La Cumparsita
Lucio Demare
G-H Matos-Rodriguez

Haydar Haydar (Turkish Traditional)
Cem Duruöz
(b. 1967)

Sultaniyegâh Sirto (Turkish Classical)
C. Duruöz










Saturday, April 26, 2014 | 8:00 pm


170 Beacon Street, Boston

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