Young Concert Guitarists Program at
Milford, Connecticut
Directed by guitarist Cem Duruöz (Pronounced "Gem")

New classes start in January!! Contact "Gem" at: (203) 543 8099
(Free guitar for new students!)

Guitarist Cem Duruöz is a Juilliard School Alum, who has performed in more than 20 countries, in major halls such as the Carnegie Hall in NY and the Queen Elizabeth Hall in London. He has recorded four CDs' and appeared on the radio and TV worldwide.

As an educator he regularly conducts master-classes worldwide in particular in Spain and South America. He is on the Faculty of Wesleyan University in Middletown, CT

The semi-private guitar classes in Milford, Connecticut, combine a creative approach and various guitar methods to train young talents for playing the guitar, socialize and perform for others. These classes are geared towards creating the solo players of the future.

Frequently Asked Questions

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Ariel Kovlakas plays with Cem Duruoz at a concert in Milford, CT


Q: What type of guitar is needed?
A: All students in the program are required to play a classical guitar (nylon string acoustic), with smaller sizes for younger students. All concerts are acoustic, and we expect to get similar sounds from all the instruments. For younger students it is more efficient to start with a nylon string guitar, the tension is lower, therefore it is easier and less painful to press on the strings with the left hand.

Q: What repertoire do the students play?
A: The repertoire encompasses various styles from around the world, with arrangements by Cem Duruoz. The students are exposed to various world cultures, latin, American Pop, classical and more. The music is sometimes arranged for two even three guitars.

Q: Are there any concert opportunities?
A: The goal of the program is to prepare the students to perform in concerts and be able to play in an ensemble with good counting and reading skills. With the various institutional connections, Cem Duruöz regularly schedules concerts in venues such as the New England Guitar Society, Wesleyan University, vairous retirement homes and more.

Q: Any further details?
A: Please contact Cem Duruoz, (203) 543 8099

Cem Duruöz and Wesleyan University

Juilliard alum guitarist Cem Duru÷z is on the faculty of the Wesleyan University. He has been teaching graduate and undergraduate level solo guitar as well as the guitar ensemble class. He also runs the WesGuitars ensemble, which is a student organization performing in the Middletown Area and inviting guest guitarists to Wesleyan to perform.

wesguitars photo

New England Guitar Society

Cem Duru÷z is the artistic director of the New England Guitar Society, which runs under the auspices of the Milford Fine Arts Council. NEGS organizes regular meetings as well as concerts and other classical guitar events in Milford, CT area.


Some of the International Master-Classes

Below are some of the recent master-class and lectures that Cem Duru÷z conducted.

La Guitarra California Festival, San Luis Obispo, CALIFORNIA/USA 2005
Academia Man CÚsped, Cochabamba, BOLIVIA 2005
ICPNA Guitar Festival, Lima, PERU 2003
SESC/Prˇ-M˙sica Guitar Festival, Caxias do Sul, BRAZIL 2001
San Francisco Conservatory of Music, San Francisco, CA, USA 2001
Conservatorio La Lucila, Buenos Aires, ARGENTINA 1999