Berxwedan Koçkaya is a classical guitarist from London and began his musical training with Caner Şahin before studying further with James Woodrow. He has recently completed his Undergraduate degree under the tuition of Mark Ashford and Mark Eden at Birmingham Conservatoire. Berxwedan has taken part in classes with renowned guitarists such as Xuefei Yang, Marcin Dylla, Matteo Mela, Carlos Bonell, Gary Ryan, Chris Stell, Amanda Cook and Duo Agostino amongst many others. He has given performances in venues including The Other Place (Stratford-upon-Avon), West Dean Guitar Festival (Chichester), St Martins in the Bullring (Birmingham), Odd Fellows Hall (Sheffield) and Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery and his awards include 1st Prize in the 2015 Birmingham Conservatoire Guitar Prize, 2nd Prize in the Sylvia Cleaver Chamber Music Prize with Alma Guitar Quartet and Finalist in the Doris Newton Club Prize.

He performs as a soloist and is a member of Alma Guitar Quartet, who recently premiered new works written especially for the quartet in a concert as part of the Birmingham Conservatoire Frontiers Festival in 2016.

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