Özberk Miraç Sarıgül
The Turkish guitarist Özberk Miraç Sarıgül was born in 2000. From a young age, he began performing not only as a soloist but also with orchestra, including performances of the Concierto de Aranjuez by Joaquín Rodrigo with the Bilkent Symphony Orchestra in 2017, and the Fantasía para un Gentilhombre by Joaquín Rodrigo with BGSO in 2019. As a soloist, he plays a broad range of repertoire, from the Elizabethan music of John Dowland, to the Baroque music of J.S. Bach to more contemporary music by Joaquín Rodrigo, Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco and Joaquín Turina.
In 2018, Özberk Miraç Sarıgül was selected for the prestigious 8th Donizetti Classical Music Awards for ‘Under 18, Musician of the Year’ in Turkey. He has won prizes in many national and international competitions, winning First Prize at the International Istanbul Guitar Festival Competition, at the Estonia Lions – Thomas Kuti European Classical Guitar Competition and at the Florida Guitar Foundation’s Virtual Competition Intermediate Division in 2020. Sarıgül is currently studying in Bilkent University Music and Performing Arts Faculty with Kağan Korad and has had masterclasses with leading guitarists such as Leo Brouwer, Pepe Romero, Aniello Desiderio, Hopkinson Smith, David Russell and Hubert Käppel. Özberk Miraç Sarıgül has performed in duo with Mesut Özgen at the Türkiye Gitar Buluşması Festival, as well as being invited as soloist to perform there and at other festivals.