“More than a very good guitarist; also a good arranger and a particularly fine communicator with his audience.” wrote New York Concert Review – one of the many accolades that guitarist Cem Duruöz has received from critics.
Mr. Duruöz’ recent concert appearances include his Carnegie Hall Debut Recital at the Weill Recital Hall in New York, performances of Rodrigo’s Concierto de Aranjuez with the Presidential Symphony Orchestra in Turkey, a French Baroque concert at the prestigious Istanbul Festival as well as recitals at the Hondarribia Guitar Festival in France, the Istanbul Guitar Festival In Turkey, Redwood Arts Council Series in the USA.
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 second CD “Contemporary Music for Guitar” (Centaur CRC 2563), along with masterpieces of the guitar repertoire by Walton and Davidovsky. His latest solo CD Desde El Alma – Tango Classics has been released under Karinca label.
Turkish born guitarist Cem Duruöz, (or “Gem” as pronounced in his native tongue) won the first prize in the Turkish National Guitar Competition at the age of seventeen. After moving to the United States he completed his graduate guitar studies at The Juilliard School with Sharon Isbin. He performed in Japan, Argentina, Brazil, Peru, Bolivia, France, Greece, and throughout Turkey and the USA. As an enthusiastic educator, Cem Duruöz has been conducting master-classes throughout the world and teaching guitar performance at Wesleyan University in the USA.