International Gümüşlük Classical Music Festival

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Country and Region TurkeyMuğla Province
Type of Festival Music
Location of Festival Gümüşlük, Muğla Province, Turkey
Festival Contact Information

P.K. 77
Bodrum, Muğla, Turkiye
Phone: +90 (0) 507 349 5968

Festival Description

The Gümüşlük International Classical Music Festival and Eklisia summer school is held in the small fishing village of Gümüşlük on the south west coast of Turkey. It began in 2004 as a series of concerts and has grown to be a meeting place for internationally renowned musicians and up-and-coming performers. It was the brainchild of Mesut Pekergin and is now run by Eren Levendoğlu, a graduate of the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. Gülsin Onay, one of Turkey's most famous living pianists is the artistic advisor. The concerts are held in the 400 year old church, in nearby hotels and restaurants and various venues around the Bodrum peninsula. The organisers seek to maintain a relaxed atmosphere to counterbalance the often stressful environment of music conservatoires; teachers and students are encouraged to interact as much as possible, both musically and socially.

Festival Dates June 15 - September 4, 2012
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  • Onay opens new stage of Turkey’s Gümüşlük Classical Music Festival, by Chris Drum Berkaya (Hürriyet Daily News, August 1, 2010)


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    • Dutch violinist Frank Wakelkamp, playing at the Bodrum Castle, with Izmir State Symphony Orchestra and conductor İbrahim Yazıcı.
    • Exterior image of Eklisia. This year, two jazz bands took part in Gumusluk International Classical Music Festival.
    • The Scottish cellist Alexander Baillie, gave a concert at Eklisia.
    • Cello Masterclass students before the concert, with professors Alexander Baillie and Umit İşgörür.
    • Turkish pianist Gülsin Onay and the Russian pianist Ilya Itın, during the concert at Eklisia.


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