Mahir Cetiz earned his DMA degree from Columbia University where he studied with Fred Lerdahl, Fabien Levy and Tristan Murail. He earned his undergraduate degree from Ankara State Conservatory, where he studied cello, piano, conducting and composition, and was a student at Fontainebleau in the session of 2011 and the recipient of the composition prize. Following graduate studies at the University of Memphis and Hacettepe University (Turkey), he lived in Manchester, UK for two years. As the recipient of “the musician of the year award” given by British Council, he studied and worked as a composer and performer, associated with Royal Northern College of Music. 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. His compositions have been performed by ensembles including the International Contemporary Ensemble, Ensemble Intercontemporain, New York Philharmonic, BBC Philharmonic and Zurich- Tonhalle Orchestra. As a composer, his interests include (but not limited to) Middle-Eastern and Indian traditional music, medieval polyphony and the perception of musical gestures.