Mahir Cetiz earned his DMA degree from Columbia University where he studied with Fred Lerdahl, Fabien Levy and Tristan Murail. Before his studies at Columbia, he earned his undergraduate degree from Ankara State Conservatory, where he studied cello, piano, conducting and composition. In the years following his graduation, Mahir Cetiz attended the University of Memphis and Hacettepe University in Turkey and received his masters degrees in composition and conducting. As the recipient of “the musician of the year award” given by British Council, he lived in Manchester, UK for two years while studying at Royal Northern College of Music and working as a pianist, composer and conductor. Before moving to New York, Cetiz also worked as a faculty member in Bilkent University in Ankara between 2003 and 2006, teaching composition and music theory courses. He currently teaches at Columbia University and works as a freelance composer and performer. His compositional discourse includes works for orchestra, pieces for acoustic ensembles of different sizes, as well as solo instrumental pieces and pieces for electronics. As an active conductor and pianist, Cetiz is continuously engaged with the performance of new music. In past, his compositions received performances by such ensembles as: International Contemporary Ensemble, Ensemble Intercontemporain, New York Philharmonic, BBC Symphony, BBC Philharmonic and Zurich-Tonhalle Orchestra. In 2017, Cetiz was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship. As a composer, his interests include (but not limited to) musical traditions of middle-east and India, medieval polyphony and the perception of musical gestures.