Dr. Oz is the classical guitar instructor at the University of South Florida in Tampa, and he has won numerous awards and competition prizes. He also plays lead electric guitar in the popular local bands Shaman and One Night Rodeo. His stylistic diversity allows for entertainment for virtually any type of event.
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Erol Ozsever (b.1985) is a classical guitarist from Fishers, Indiana. Captivated by the sound of the guitar, he began playing at age 10. After witnessing performances from world-renowned guitarists including Christopher Parkening, Manuel Barrueco, and the Romeros, he began studying classical guitar at 14. His passion for music of all genres has led him on such creative pursuits as rock bands, jazz ensembles, and producing popular music.
In 2003 Erol began studying classical guitar at Middle Tennessee State University (MTSU) with award-winning concert artist, Dr. William Yelverton. In 2007 he graduated cum laude from MTSU with a Bachelor of Music Degree in Guitar Performance with a minor in Recording Industry Management. During his senior year, Erol was awarded the Outstanding Achievement Award in guitar performance. That same year he was awarded a graduate teaching assistantship to pursue a Masters at the Jacobs School of Music of Indiana University with EMI recording artist Ernesto Bitetti. In 2009 he graduated magna cum laude with a Master of Music Degree in Guitar Performance with a minor in Early Music. He continued his studies at the Jacobs School of Music to complete a Doctor of Music Degree in 2014. In 2011 Erol released his first recording Canción: Music of Spain & Latin America. The disc features works by Mompou, Albéniz, Tárrega, Llobet, Morel, Piazzolla, and Assad.
Erol has received numerous recognitions and competition prizes including the top prize for graduate strings in the 2008 Indianapolis Matinee Musicale and 1st prize at the 2009 Rosario Guitar Competition. In 2010 he was awarded 2nd prize at the Competition in the performance of the music of Spain and Latin America at Indiana University, which was open to singers, instrumentalists, and ensembles. Erol is featured on the compilation CD to commemorate the competition. He is also the founder and co-director of the Indiana International Guitar Festival and Competition.
Erol has performed at theaters, concert halls, and universities across the country. He has shared the stage at the Palladium with members of the Carmel Symphony Orchestra in Carmel, Indiana. He has performed in master classes with a number of world-renowned performers including Jason Vieaux, Ana Vidovic, Adam Holzman, and Adam del Monte.
Erol is currently residing in Bradenton, Florida and teaches guitar at the University of South Florida in Tampa, Manatee School for the Arts in Palmetto, and Patel Conservatory in Tampa. He is also a mentor for the Del Couch Music Education Foundation.
Erol performs on a 2012 Keijo Korelin Cedar double top guitar sponsored by Reverie Classical Guitars.