yiğit kolat



touching and convincing...a multi-sensory universe...

Kaija Saariaho

Yiğit Kolat’s music explores the liminal frontiers of musical activity and potentialities in (mis)translating data into musical information. The complicated political and social environment of his native Turkey is a recurring theme in his diverse output, which includes acoustic, electro-acoustic, and electronic works written for orchestra, chamber ensembles, voice, and solo instruments.


His works have been recognized by a prestigious array of organizations worldwide, including the Millay Colony for the Arts, the Bogliasco Foundation (2016 Edward T. Cone Bogliasco Fellow in Music), the Toru Takemitsu Composition Award (1st Prize, 2015), the Queen Elisabeth Competition in Belgium (Finalist, 2013), the Concours International de Composition Henri Dutilleux (2nd Prize, 2012).


His music has been featured throughout the United States, Europe, and Asia by leading ensembles and soloists, among them the Tokyo Philharmonic and Ryoko Aoki (Japan); Solistes de L’Orchestre de Tours, Donatienne Michel-Dansac, and Pascal Gallois (France); The Nieuw Ensemble, The Black Pencil Ensemble, and the Duo Mares (The Netherlands); Jonathan Shames, the Talea Ensemble, and the Argento New Music Project (USA); the Athelas Ensemble (Denmark); the Presidential Symphony Orchestra of Turkey; Peter Sheppard-Skaerved and Aaron Shorr (Great Britain). His music has been broadcast by the Japan Broadcasting Corporation (NHK) and Turkish Radio Television (TRT).


Kolat earned his Doctorate of Musical Arts at the University of Washington where he currently  serves on the composition faculty.