Selim Giray
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Member Since: March 16, 2006
Last Visit:March 16, 2013
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Selim Giray

Dr. Selim Giray serves as Assistant Professor of Violin in Music Education and Pedagogy at Wichita State University School of Music. Between 2002 and 2012, Giray served as Associate Professor of Violin, Viola and Artistic Director and Conductor of PSU Chamber Orchestra and Southeast Kansas Symphony Orchestra at Pittsburg State University. Between the years of 2000 and 2003, Dr. Giray taught at Interlochen Arts Camp. As a violinist, Dr. Giray has performed extensively in four continents, and has appeared frequently on the radio and television. He has performed as soloist, recitalist, chamber musician, and orchestral player. Between 2007 and 2011, he served as Concertmaster and Assistant Conductor of The Ohio Light Opera, and performed on six CD's as Concertmaster. In January of 2012, Selim Giray has performed a violin and piano recital at the Carnegie Hall with Dr. Gulimina Mahamuti.

Also an active researcher, most recently, he has edited Adnan Saygun's violin concerto for the Peermusic Classical Europe. In addition, he recently recorded for the ERM Media with pianist Dr. June Chun—currently in post production. In 2003 Edwin Mellen Press published Dr. Giray's treatise titled A Biography of the Turkish Composer Ahmed Adnan Saygun and a Discussion of his Violin Works. The Ministry of Culture of Turkey published the same work in Turkish, with a preface by then Minister of Culture, Istemihan Talay.

Most recently, Dr. Giray performed "Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso" by Camille Saint-Saëns, and "Poème" by Ernest Chausson with Hays Symphony Orchestra. During the summer of 2008, he visited Asunción, Paraguay for master classes and performed the violin concerto of Emre Araci with the Camerata Orchestra. In 2004, the Rotary Foundation awarded Dr. Giray with a grant that sponsored him to teach throughout the summers of 2006–07 at Istanbul Technical University [Istanbul International Spectral Music Conference] in Istanbul, Turkey. In the summer of 2006, as part of his teaching, Dr. Giray was the only professor to have the honor of giving master classes with the foremost Turkish violinist, Prof. Cihat Askin at the CAKA project [Young Friends of Cihat Askin]. In addition to his teaching, Dr. Giray performed at the 34th International Istanbul Music Festival as a member of Istanbul Chamber Orchestra. Also, he played as Acting Concertmaster of Istanbul Chamber Orchestra in Islamabad, Pakistan, where he performed in front of an elite audience of foreign dignitaries. During that trip, Dr. Giray gave lectures and master classes at Istanbul Technical University, Bilkent University, and Yildiz University in Turkey, and Edison Academy in Germany.

As a doctoral candidate at the Florida State University, Selim Giray studied with Eliot Chapo, former Concertmaster of such orchestras as the New York Philharmonic and the Dallas Symphony. Prior to that, in 1992 he was awarded a joint fellowship from the North Carolina Symphony Orchestra and East Carolina University, where he studied with Fritz Gearhart. A native of Istanbul, Selim Giray graduated from Istanbul State Conservatory and Mimar Sinan University State Conservatory, where he studied with Saim Akçil.

During his tenure at Pittsburg State University, Giray has recruited international students from such countries as Paraguay, Romania, China, South Korea, and Turkey. Within the years his students won numerous competitions, including various Concerto-Aria and Chamber Music Competitions, and the coveted American String Teachers Association Solo Competition—Winner of 2006 Kansas Chapter. Dr. Giray’s students were accepted to such graduate programs as Yale University, Rice University, the University of Oklahoma, and the Florida State University with scholarships, and some moved on into the professional world and are members of such orchestras as the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, Kansas City Symphony, Houston Symphony, the Detroit Symphony, and the Chicago Symphony.