8. Gümüşlük International Classical Music Festival


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8. Gümüşlük International Classical Music Festival


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 250 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.


Artistic Director: Eren Levendoğlu
is a pianist and a graduate of the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. She studied piano with Artur Pizarro, Paul Roberts and Ronan O'Hora. Eren has been the artistic director of the festival since its inception in 2004. She is also the director of the Eklisia Summer Music School.

Artistic Advisor: Gülsin Onay
is one of Turkey's most famous living pianists. Her piano career began at the age of 6, when she gave her first public recital on Turkish radio. After winning the 'Premier Prix du Piano' at the Paris Conservatoire aged 16 , her truly international career, which has spanned over 57 countries and across all continents was launched. She has performed in all the major musical centre of the world, and played with the worlds premier orchestras under the batons of the major conductors of our time, most recently with Vladimir Ashkenazy. In addition to all this, Gülsin still manages to devote much of her time and energy to the festival. She works tirelessly to ensure the quality of the programming continues from year to year and, since its inception in 2004 she has been on hand, ready to deal with all manner of hiccups, big and small. She is, one might say, the festival's own alma mater.

Eklisia Founder / Gümüşlük Culture and Arts Association President: Mesut Pekergin
is the founder of Eklisia Cultural Centre. Since 1989 he has organised and produced over 150 artistic events that include theatre and dance productions; poetry readings, concerts and exhibitions, one-man shows and festivals. He has been a jury member for both photography and film competitions. Mesut is also the president of the Gümüşlük Culture and Arts Association.

Festival Coordinator: Lon Briet

Lon Briet was borne in The Netherlands. After she studied art history, she traveled to Turkey and happened to stay in Bodrum for the rest of her life.
Besides being busy with her family life (3 children) she developed skills in a variety of professions, from tailoring dresses to tailoring private holiday programs, from interpreting music to interpreting languages, from participating in the management of a restaurant and a guesthouse to participating in the management of a music festival.

Festival DesignerDeniz Kurşunlu
studied graphic design at Bilkent University, Ankara (2001) and completed his seemingly never ending masters degree on Visual Communication Design at Bilgi University, Istanbul in 2010. He currently works as a freelance designer.

Festival Press Officer/Photographer: Yiğit Uygur
began taking pictures when he was nine years old with the camera that was a present from his photographer grandfather, Zühtü Gürhan. Yiğit didn't get along well with the education system, spent eight years in high school, didn't go on to further education. He chose not to be educated. Yiğit has been painting since childhood. He has opened 13 personal art exhibitions and taken part in installations and joint exhibitions. He no longer paints because of the mental pollution in the art world. Yiğit has developed himself on guitar, percussion and ideophonic instruments. He has created percussions and various other musical instruments. As a writer he has published poems and articles in various literature and travel magazines. He has worked as a radio director, news reader, editor, publishing director in several newspapers and magazines and as a columnist. He founded an agency and published a literature-art-opinions magazine. Yiğit has always participated in independent media. He has had many slide shows during his career as a photographer. In 2003, he started taking digital photographs. He has published articles on philosophy and sociology on various websites. Yiğit Uygur is currently working as a reporter, photo-journalist, and professional promotional photographer.

8. Gümüşlük International Classical Music Festival Program

7 July – Bodrum Castle - İzmir State Symphony Orchestra – Frank 
Wakelkamp ( Cello )
11 July – Christine Wolff – (Soprano) and İbrahim Yazıcı ( Piano)
14 July - Eklisia Summer Music School - Voice concert
15 July - Misha Dacic - (Piano) 'An evening of Lizst'. Lizst's 200th Anniversary Concert 
17 July – Bodrum Castle - Zeynep Tanbay Modern Dance Group
23 July – Julian Gorus – (Piyano)
29 July - Eklisia Summer Music School Piano Konsert
30 July – Ilya Itin – (Piyano) 
3 August – Ilya Itin – Gülsin Onay - (Piyano) '2 concerto-2 virtuosi - 2 piano' . Lizst's 200 th Anniversary Concert
5 August - Eklisia Summer Music School Piano Concert
6 August - Burcu Uyar (soprano) İbrahim Yazıcı ( Piano)
8 August - Peter Katin - (Piano)
10 August - Hakan Dinekli (Piano) 'Improvisations'
11 August – Emin Fındıkoğlu Dörtlüsü
12 August - Eklisia Summer Music School Piano Concert
13 August - Gülsin Onay - (Piano)
17 August – Jackie Jaekyung Yoo - (Piano)
19 August - Eklisia Summer Music School Flute Concert
20 August - Gülşen Tatu - Ümit İşgörür - Eren Levendoğlu 
4 September - Alexander Baillie - (Cello)
7 September - Bodrum Castle - Burhan Öçal and Paganini Trio 
8 September - Eklisia Summer Music School Cello Concert
13 September - Escher Quartet
14 September - Escher Quartet


Ticket Information


Oasis shopping mall - Everyday between 10.00–22.00 
Shader'one Cafe - Bodrum Council Square - Everyday between 10.00–24.00

Eklisia Tickets:

Block A Inside the church - 25 TL
Block B Terrace - 20 TL
Block C Garden - 15 TL
Block D Garden II - 15 TL
Block E Cushions - 10 TL

Bodrum Castle Tickets:

İZDSO + Frank Wakelkamp - 20 TL
Zeynep Tanbay Modern Dance Group - 20 TL
Burhan Öçal/ Paganini Trio - 25 TL

Combined Tickets:

For all the classical music concerts in Eklisia:

25 TL tickets = 450 TL
20 TL tickets = 360 TL
15 TL tickets = 270 TL

• Please note that the seats are not numbered, but sorted according to blocks: A,B,C, and D

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