Ozan Saritepe (1982-Turkey) started playing the classical guitar at the age of 15. Now days he is active as recitalist, soloist and chamber musician. His virtuoso repertoire, very musical and exciting, with traditional, ethnic and contemporary influences, includes works by Turkish and Balkan composers as well as music from the Baroque era to the present century. His passionate and powerful interpretations frequently receive ovations from the audiences.
He studied successfully at the Rotterdam Conservatoire with Prof. Jorge Oraison gaining his bachelor degree. Later on he studied his masters at the Royal Conservatoire of The Hauge, The Netherlands, under the guidance of Prof. Enno Voorhorst. Same period he studied at the Koblenz Music Academy, Germany with Prof. Aniello Desiderio receiving the highest possible mark as soloist.
His passion for learning the instrument allowed him to work with many of the world’s leading classical guitarists during master classes. He had the chance to work with; Murat Yucel, Aniello Desiderio, Carlo Marchione, Denis Azabagic, Roland Dyens, Laura Young, Fabio Zanon, John Dearman, Jason Vieaux, Alexsandar Sergei Ramirez, Hubert Kappel. Pavel Steidl, Enno Voorhorst, Jorge Oraison. He also had master classes with his tango quintet by the Dutch leading bandoneonist Leo Vervelde and world famous Argentinian pianist Aquiles Delle Vigne.
As one of the most promising Turkish guitarist of his generation, his achievements were awarded by important scholarships from The Netherlands and Germany. Such as; prestigious Nuffic Huygens programme, Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds scholarship, Dr. Klaus Heinen scholarship for chamber music.
During his studies and since his graduation he had been invited to play and give master classes in concert halls, festivals and conservatories in Europa, Turkey and Cypress. Ozan Saritepe had been invited to play as a soloist, the famous Concierto de Aranjuez with Staatsorchester Rheinische Philharmonie and Toonkunstorkets Leiden. In his full Koblenz debut with Staatsorchester Rheinische Philharmonie during sixteenth international Koblenz Guitar Festival, He shared the stage with the world famous classical guitarists Alvaro Pierri and Shin-ichi Fukuda.
His Interpretation of Concierto de Aranjuez by Joaquin Rodrigo, was described as ‘… the Turkish guitarist Ozan Saritepe gave his very successful performance of Rodrigo’s Concierto de Aranjuez with the Staatsorchester Rheinische Philharmonie conducted by Rasmus Bauman. His phrasing was very musical and he was focused…’ by Theresa Wassily Saba , Classical Guitar Magazine, London.
In addition Ozan Saritepe appeared on many radio and TV programs in Turkey, Cyprus, The Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, Uruguay.
Ozan Saritepe released his first solo album “Sonidos de Paisajes-Music of Spain” with great success. His interpretation of Spanish Music was described as; “ Saritepe has achieved a rare thing by creating a musical concept free from cliché; the music of Spain is as exciting as it ever was and should continue to be so. It is delivered here with unpretentious flair and skillful artistry.”
– Classical Guitar Magazine, London-
Besides his concert and teaching schedule Ozan Saritepe had been writing articles about guitar technique on Guitar Magazine (Gitar Dergisi) in Turkey. Since 2017 he is the artistic director of Cyprus (N.I.U) International Guitar Festival.
Ozan Saritepe plays guitars built by Andres D. Marvi.