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Selim Giray (born 6 June 1970, Istanbul) is a Turkish-born American violinist, researcher, clinician and conductor.
Giray is director of orchestral studies at University of Mississippi. Previously, he served as assistant professor of music education and violin pedagogy at Wichita State University School of Music (2012–2015). Between 2007 and 2015, he served as concertmaster of The Ohio Light Opera, where he performed for 20,000 patrons each season and has been featured on eight CDs for Albany Records. Giray served as associate professor of violin, viola and artistic director and conductor of PSU Chamber Orchestra and Southeast Kansas Symphony Orchestra at Pittsburg State University (between 2002–2012). Between 2000 and 2003, Giray taught at Interlochen Arts Camp. As a violinist, Giray has performed extensively in four continents, and has appeared frequently on the radio and television, including the NPR. He has performed as soloist, recitalist, chamber musician, and orchestral player. In 2010, Giray has been appointed Field Editor for the Edwin Mellen Press.
An active clinician, Giray presented at numerous clinics and conferences, including The Midwest Clinic in 2013, and two years earlier, at the American String Teachers Association's National Conference. Most recently, Giray's article titled "To Tilt or Not to Tilt" appeared in the November 2013 issue of American String Teacher—the peer reviewed quarterly journal of the American String Teachers Association. Previously, Giray has interviewed Eliot Chapo for The Strad (July 2010). Also, he recorded a CD, titled Turkish Music for Violin & Piano for ERMMedia with pianist Dr. June Chun-Young (2010, distributed by Naxos). In addition, he edited Adnan Saygun's violin concerto for the Peermusic Classical Europe. In 2003 Edwin Mellen Press published Giray's treatise, titled "A Biography of the Turkish Composer Ahmed Adnan Saygun and a Discussion of his Violin Works". The Ministry of Culture of Turkey published the same work in Turkish, with a preface by then Minister of Culture, Istemihan Talay.
In 2016, Giray has performed the world premiere of Charles Edward Horsley's violin concerto (Op. 29, 1849) with University of Arkansas Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Robert K. Mueller. In 2014, Giray performed for the Australian Embassy in Washington, D.C., at the residence of the ambassador of Australia. Performed a violin recital with Dr. Özgür Ünaldı (Semifinalist at Chopin International Piano Competition in Rome, and Second Prize winner at International Johannes Brahms Piano Competition in Pörtschach, Austria) at Istanbul Technical University, Istanbul International Spectral Music Conference, and Uludağ University, Conservatory of Music, in Bursa, Turkey. During the summers of 2008 and 2013, he visited Asunción, Paraguay for master classes and performances as soloist and conductor. Giray performed at the 34th International Istanbul Music Festival as a member of Istanbul Chamber Orchestra. Also, he played as Acting Concertmaster of Istanbul Chamber Orchestra in Islamabad, Pakistan, where he performed in front of an elite audience of foreign dignitaries. During that trip, Giray gave lectures and master classes at Istanbul Technical University, Bilkent University, and Yıldız University in Turkey, and Edison Academy in Germany.
As a doctoral candidate at the Florida State University, Giray studied with Eliot Chapo, former Concertmaster of such orchestras as the New York Philharmonic and the Dallas Symphony. Prior to that, in 1992 he was awarded a joint fellowship from the North Carolina Symphony Orchestra and East Carolina University, where he studied with Fritz Gearhart. A native of Istanbul, Giray graduated from Istanbul State Conservatory and Mimar Sinan University State Conservatory, where he studied with Saim Akçıl.
During his tenure at Pittsburg State University, Giray has recruited international students, including Paraguay, Romania, China, South Korea, and Turkey. Within the years his students won numerous competitions, including various Concerto-Aria and Chamber Music Competitions, and the coveted American String Teachers Association Solo Competition—Winner of 2006 Kansas Chapter. Giray’s students have been accepted in graduate programs at Yale University, Rice University, the University of Oklahoma, the University of Missouri - Kansas City and The Florida State University with assistantships. Some are members of orchestras including the Youth Orchestra of the Americas, the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, the Kansas City Symphony, the Houston Symphony, the Detroit Symphony, and the Chicago Symphony.