Yiğit Kolat was born in Ankara. After graduating from the State Conservatory at Hacettepe University, he completed his master′s degree at his alma mater. He received his MMus in Composition in 2008 from the University of Memphis, where he studied composition with Kamran İnce, John Baur and Hasan Uçarsu. Kolat is the youngest recipient of the First Prize in the Dr. Nejat F. Eczacıbaşı Composition Contest (2008), the most prestigious composition award in Turkey. Other prizes include The Tennessee Music Teachers Association Composer of the Year Award (2009) and Greater Memphis Music Teachers Association Composer of the Year Award (2009). In January 2012 he was awarded with second place in the 7ème Concours International de Composition Henri Dutilleux, chaired by H. Dutilleux.
Kolat’s works have been performed by the leading artists and ensembles, including the Solistes de L’Orchestre de Tours (France), The Black Pencil Ensemble (The Netherlands), The Argento New Music Project (Columbia University), The Duo Mares (Netherlands), The Athelas Ensemble (Denmark), the Presidential Symphony Orchestra of Turkey, Peter Sheppard-Skaerved and Aaron Shorr, (Royal Academy of Music) and Donatienne Michel-Dansac (France). Kolat is currently pursuing his doctoral degree at the University of Washington, studying with Joël-François Durand.
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