20-year-old pianist from Turkey performs J. Brahms – Rhapsody Op. 79 No. 2
About the artist
Gokay Ozgur was born in 1998 in Bursa, Turkey. Completing middle school, he was selected to attend Zeki Muren Art High School through an entrance exam by which his musical talent was evaluated by a selection committee.
At the age of 15, he started his first piano lessons with Zeynep Ozer at the Zeki Muren Art School. He graduated from high school and ranked first place in his graduating class and entire school. In the same year, he earned the right to attend Mimar Sinan University, State Conservatoire, by placing first in the entrance exam.
While attending Minar Sinan University, Gokay participated in master classes taught by pianists Gokhan Aybulus, Ibrahim Yazici, Catrina Vickers, Alfredo Peri, and John Rink. During this time, Gokay also gave piano concerts in Istanbul, Canakkale, Kutahya, Bursa, Bulgaria and Kosovo. He ranked third in the Istanbul Pera International Piano Competition and third in the Izmir Mozart Academy Piano Competition. He continued his achievements in competitions, recently (February 2019), he received the first-place award in the Azerbaijan Caspi Art Competition.
Currently, Gokay is continuing his studies under the tutelage of Prof. Gulden Goksen at Mimar Sinan University, State Conservatoire.