Erol Ozsever Performs for GuitarSarasota’s Mini-Concert & Lecture Series


GuitarSarasota presents Erol Ozsever on Monday, February 12, 2018 at 7:30pm at the St. Paul Lutheran Church, 2256 Bahia Vista Street, Sarasota, Florida 34239.

Concerts are organized by GuitarSarasota with gracious support from the Vera & Imre Hecht Foundation, Inc.

Concerts are free and open to the public, no reservations are necessary. Seating is open, and available on a “first come, first served basis”.

This series is organized by GuitarSarasota with gracious support from sponsors and members. Seating is open, and available on a “first come, first served basis”. The host, Dr. Zachary Johnson of GuitarSarasota, introduces the artists, as well as engages the audience in an enlightening conversation with the musicians.

A short Meet The Artists reception is held following the concert.

Erol Ozsever (b.1985) is a classical guitarist from Fishers, Indiana. Erol began studying classical guitar at Middle Tennessee State University (MTSU) with award-winning concert artist, Dr. William Yelverton. In 2007 he graduated cum laude from MTSU with a Bachelor of Music Degree in Guitar Performance with a minor in Recording Industry Management. During his senior year, Erol was awarded the Outstanding Achievement Award in guitar performance. That same year he was awarded a graduate teaching assistantship to pursue a Masters at the Jacobs School of Music of Indiana University. In 2009 he graduated magna cum laude with a Master of Music Degree in Guitar Performance with a minor in Early Music. He continued his studies at the Jacobs School of Music to complete a Doctor of Music Degree in 2014. In 2011 Erol released his first recording Canción: Music of Spain & Latin America. The disc features works by Mompou, Albéniz, Tárrega, Llobet, Morel, Piazzolla, and Assad.

Erol has received numerous recognitions and competition prizes including the top prize for graduate strings in the 2008 Indianapolis Matinee Musicale and 1st prize at the 2009 Rosario Guitar Competition. In 2010 he was awarded 2nd prize at the Competition in the performance of the music of Spain and Latin America at Indiana University, which was open to singers, instrumentalists, and ensembles. Erol is featured on the compilation CD to commemorate the competition. He is also the founder and co-director of the Indiana International Guitar Festival and Competition.

Erol has performed at theaters, concert halls, and universities across the country. He has shared the stage at the Palladium with members of the Carmel Symphony Orchestra in Carmel, Indiana. He has performed in master classes with a number of world-renowned performers including Jason Vieaux, Ana Vidovic, Adam Holzman, and Adam del Monte.

Erol is currently residing in Bradenton, Florida and teaches guitar at Manatee School for the Arts in Palmetto and Patel Conservatory in Tampa.