Yigit Kolat, instructor of music

Photo courtesy of the University of Washington School of Music.

Yiğit Kolat, instructor of music at NS Everett/Marysville, has a new achievement to add to an already impressive list of accolades. This University of Washington doctoral composition student, when not busy teaching Music 122: Music Appreciation at Columbia College, is composing up a storm — and it hasn’t gone unnoticed. His work [difeʁãs] has been chosen as one of four finalists from 151 entries from 44 countries for the prestigious Toru Takemitsu Composition Award.

The annual award, considered one of the world’s top honors for young composers, is given by the Tokyo Opera City Cultural Foundation. Each of the four works will be performed at the Tokyo Opera City Concert Hall in May. Hailing from Turkey, Kolat’s international acclaim includes being a finalist in the 2013 Queen Elisabeth Competition and second prize in the 2012 7ème Concours International de Composition Henri Dutilleux.

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