A native of Ankara, Turkey, Yiğit Kolat holds BA and MA degrees from Hacettepe University State Conservatory in Turkey. 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 First Prize in the Dr. Nejat F. Eczacıbaşı Composition Contest (2008), the most prestigious composition award in his native country. 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 has been awarded with a Second Prize in the 7ème Concours International de Composition Henri Dutilleux, chaired by H. Dutilleux.
His works have been performed by some of 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 DMA at the University of Washington, studying with Joël-François Durand.
Performed by Argento Chamber Ensemble, cond. Michel Galante.