Sarpay "SharpEye" Özçağatay
Sarpay "SharpEye" Özçağatay is a New York City based flutist, educator, author and recording artist who is widely considered to be among the leading international flute artists of recent years, gaining recognition for his effortless combination of musicianship and technical ability. He released his debut album “Unexpectable” in 2013, which featured all original compositions. “Unexpectable” has been recognized and reviewed by the leading jazz critics, blogs, domestic, international, and online radio stations, newspapers, and flute magazines. He continued his accomplishments and created his “SharpEye” logo/brand that has garnered attention, is endorsed by the British flute maker Trevor James Flutes, which recently made a “SharpEye” Signature flute for him which features his original logo and brand. As well as being an alto flute artist for TJ Flutes, he is also a flute artist for the Japanese flute maker, Miyazawa Flutes, and endorsed by Applied Microphone Technology (AMT) and Ton Kooiman Thumb Rest Company.
He recently released a jazz flute method book titled “UNLOCK” The Jazz Flute Vol.I. It quickly got an attention and reviewed by the largest flute association, National Flute Association (NFA). They reviewed “UNLOCK” on their magazine “Flutist Quarterly” It is considered as one of the bestseller jazz flute method book on Amazon online.
He has performed in countless concerts at prestigious music venues across the country, festivals with Grammy Award winning artists, and alongside internationally acclaimed musicians from all over the world. As a recording artist, he has recorded on numerous albums. As a contributor to the music community, he is a member of the NFA wherein he has been serving as a judge for jazz competitions. He has been giving clinics and workshops for many years. Additionally, he is also a voting member of Recording Academy (Grammy’s).