For release: September 11, 2009
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Yigit Kolat has been named the 2009 Tennessee Music Teachers Association Composer
of the Year. A native of Ankara, Turkey, he received his MM degree from the University
of Memphis Rudi E. Scheidt School of Music where he studied composition with Kamran
Ince and John Baur and piano with Samuel Viviano.
Kolat has received a commission of $1,500 to compose a work which will be premiered
at the next TMTA conference in June 2010. This composition will be entered in the
Music Teachers National Association Composer of the Year Competition.
Kolat received his BA and MA from Hacettepe University State Conservatory in Turkey.
His music has received several awards, including the First Prize in the Nejat F. Eczacibasi
Composition Contest, the most prestigious composition award of his native country.
His works have been performed by various groups and artists including the Argento
New Music Project of Columbia University, Peter Sheppard-Skaerved and Aaron Shorr
of the Royal Academy of Music, the Athelas Ensemble of Denmark and the Presidential
Symphony Orchestra of Turkey. Kolat is currently pursuing a DMA in music composition
at the University of Washington.