Sarpay Özçağatay

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Sarpay Özçağatay is a Grammy-nominated flutist, author, performer, clinician, and recording artist. His self-produced debut album of original compositions, Unexpectable, was released in 2013. It was well received by leading jazz critics and broadcasters in blogs, jazz radio, newspapers, and flute magazines. Özçağatay is an artist at Japanese flute company Miyazawa Flutes and is also endorsed by Applied Microphone and the Ton Kooiman thumb rest company. One of the British flute makers, TJ, made an alto flute for Özçağatay and engraved the "SharpEye" on it. He works as a part-time flute faculty at Berklee College of Music, where he has been teaching private lessons and labs.

As an educator, in addition to his workshops and extensive online presence, Özçağatay is a former jazz chair of the National Flute Association and has served as a judge at their jazz competitions. In 2014, Özçağatay won the first prize in the jazz soloist category of the NFA's competition. In 2016, he published six flute method books for jazz and classical players. The Unlock series (five volumes) and Jazz Licks: Comprehensive Studies were recognized quickly by many professional jazz and classical flutists and musicians around the world, and is sold in over 40 countries. The first volume from the Unlock series was selected as the best jazz flute method book by the Book Authority. Özçağatay's extensive online presence is followed by flute students and professionals worldwide. 

His holds both jazz and classical degrees from Hacettepe University Ankara State Conservatory (B.A.), majoring in classical flute performance, and Berklee College of Music, majoring in jazz flute performance. Özçağatay has performed and recorded countless concerts at prestigious jazz and world music venues, and at music festivals with Grammy–winning artists and internationally acclaimed musicians from all over the world.​ As a recording artist, he has been performing on many albums as both a leader and a sideman.

Career Highlights
  • Published Unlock flute method book series: Volume I: The Jazz FluteVolume II: Technical Exercises, Volume III: Jazz Etudes, Volume IV: Intermediate Jazz Etudes, and Volume V: Easy Jazz Etudes and Jazz Licks: Comprehensive Studies
  • Debut Album: Unexpectable (2013)
  • 2023 Grammy nomination for Arturo Sandoval's Recording, "Rhythm & Soul"
  • First prize Jazz Soloist Winner at the National Flute Association Competition
  • Second prize Fast Flute Winner at the New York Flute Center Online Competition
  • Billboard Magazine Scholarship Award
  • School Name
    Berklee College of Music
    State or Province
    Bachelor of Music (B.M.)
    Field of Study
    Flute Performance
    Date Degree Received
  • School Name
    Hacettepe University
    Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)
    Field of Study
    Flute Performance
    Date Degree Received