Refiye is a classical pianist, accompanist, music director, and piano teacher.
Refiye studied Piano Performance at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire, UK, under the tutelage of John Humphreys, Philip Martin and Victor Sangorgio. She holds a Licentiate of the Royal Schools of Music (LRSM) in Piano Performance. Whilst at the Conservatoire, she was a finalist in competitions including the Accompaniment and Recital prizes. The culmination of her studies was a solo in a public masterclass performance to Pierre Boulez.
Since graduating, Refiye has performed Ravel’s Concerto in G with the Solent Symphony Orchestra; played in Paris in a Chopin anniversary concert; performed in the Royal Albert Hall, London, and to Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber. She has taken further study with Graeme Humphrey (Royal Academy of Music) and at the Dartington International Summer School, where she studied on the Advanced Piano course with Steven Kovacevich.
She holds a Postgraduate teaching qualification (PGCE) from the University of Reading, UK and QTS (qualified teacher status). She spent nearly a decade teaching in primary and secondary schools for Hampshire Music Service, as well as accompanying choirs and instrumentalists. Whilst working for the Music Service, she served as accompanist for masterclasses with artists including James Rae (saxophonist) and Ian Clarke (flute). Refiye also served as an in-house accompanist, recital coach and piano tutor for the nationally-renowned Music Department at The Sixth Form College, Farnborough.
Refiye relocated to the USA in 2018 and has maintained a flourishing career in accompanying. She is currently a Collaborative Pianist and Instructor at The Governor’s School of the Arts, Norfolk, VA, as well as an accompanist for Virginia Children’s Chorus and Norfolk Public Schools. She has played for ABRSM and IB exams in educational settings, and accompanied music theatre and opera alongside this.
Refiye has worked with organizations including:
Duke Ellington School of the Arts, D.C.
The Children's Chorus of Washington
Arlington Children's Chorus
British International School of Washington
Arlington Public Schools, VA
Prince George's County Public Schools, MD
DC Concert Orchestra
Friday Morning Music Club, DC (performing member)
Hub Opera Ensemble, MD
Synetic Theater, VA
Creative Cauldron, VA,
Larz Anderson House, D.C.
In the realm of music theatre, Refiye music directed and played piano in "On Air" at the Creative Cauldron, VA which earned her a nomination in the 2020 Helen Hayes Awards for Outstanding Music Direction.
She has since performed in multiple cabarets at the same venue, including "New York, New Nora" in Summer 2019, "A Best Friend's Christmas" in December 2020, and "George's White-Hot Scandals" in February 2021.
Recent performances have included music directing “Always...Patsy Cline” in May-July 2021 at Cherry Hill Park, Falls Church, and “Hallelujah - A Cabaret” at the same location. She has also music directed the reading of a new work “Audrey - the Musical”, part of the Bold New Musical Voices series at Creative Cauldron, VA in September.
Refiye’s upcoming performances are with Virginia Musical Theatre and Virginia Stage Company.
She is a member of MAESTRA Music - an organisation supporting female-identifying musicians in the Music Theatre world. www.maestramusic.org
Refiye loves to tap dance and is a performing member of the D.C. tap dance group, SOLEdarity. She also served on the Board from 2018-2020.
Refiye currently works between the D.C. Metropolitan area and the Hampton Roads area of Virginia.