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MIGF Concerts: Celil Refik Kaya plays Concerto in D by Castelnuovo-Tedesco
21 Oct 2020
Celil Refik Kaya and the FIU Symphony Orchestra, directed by Raffaele Livio Ponti, perform Guitar Concerto No. 1 in D Major, Op. 99 by Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco: 1. Allegretto, 2. Andantino alla romanza, 3. Ritmico e cavalleresco. The Miami International GuitART Festival (MIGF) is presented by the Florida International University School of Music. Celil Refik Kaya's participation is sponsored in part by the Turkish Consulate General in Miami.

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David Kim: “Maestro Ponti is first and foremost, a wonderful and natural musician." 

Antonio Pompa-Baldi: "Maestro Ponti is a first-rate musician..."

Michael Ludwig: “ Raffaele brings extraordinary artistry and incredible excitement and passion to the podium..."

Ilya Kaler: "Definitely one of the most gifted conductors of his generation."

Henry Fogel: “Ponti’s conducting is expressive, clear, and emotionally communicative - frankly all the things I look for in conductors….very impressive.”

Robert Bonfiglio: "I was stunned by what an unbelievable conductor he is; wonderful, dazzling, exciting."

Jeffrey Biegel: "His work is fresh, well prepared, inspiring, and sensitive."

Giorgio Leardini: "His conducting technique shows elegance and confidence. He has all the qualifications to achieve a brilliant career."

Eugene Gratovich: "Maestro Raffaele Ponti is an outstanding musician and conductor. He has the highest professional standards. He is a conductor with whom musicians wish to make music."