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INTERVIEW WITH RENGİM GÖKMEN

 

İzmir Culture, Arts and Education Foundation (İKSEV) activities that bring young people together with masters. Rengim Gökmen's Round Table Interview continues. Gökmen will meet with the students of composition and music department, answer the questions of young composers and exchange views with composers and conductors. Those who can participate in the interview as a listener can register via (232) 463 03 00 or info@iksev.org.

Rengim Gökmen was born in İstanbul in 1955. His father was an actor in the State Theatres and his mother was an opera artist of the Ankara State Opera House. He had his first music lessons from his family and was admitted to the piano section of the Ankara State Conservatory in 1964. Subsequently he was admitted to the composition section of the same conservatory and there he studied with İlhan Baran and A. Adnan Saygun. He graduated from these sections with honors in 1974. In 1975 Rengim Gökmen was awarded with a scholarship by the Turkish Goverment to continue his studies on orchestra conducting in Rome. He became the student of orchestra conducting class in Santa Cecilia Conservatory. In the meantime he made advanced studies on violin which he had started in Turkey. Subsequently he was admitted to the course for advanced studies in orchestra conducting in Santa Cecilia National Academy under the direction of Franco Ferrara. He received his diploma from Santa Cecilia Conservatory in 1978 and in the same year he qualified for ‘’Diploma di Merito’’ by Accademia Chigiana in Siena. In 1979, Rengim Gökmen completed his advanced studies at Academy of Santa Cecilia. His achievements qualified him to conduct a concert with “Orchestra Nazionale dell’ Accademia di Santa Cecilia” at “Via Della Concilizione”. He also attended summer courses on orchestra conducting in Austria, England and Netherlands. In July 1980, he won “Gino Marinuzzi” contest for young international conductors. After returning home, the concert that he conducted Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony created a huge reflection on the audience and the critics. Then he conducted many orchestras both in Turkey and in Europe, in United States, in South America. During 1984-1989 season, he served as the General Music Director of Ankara State Opera an Ballet. Between 1991-2006 he was music director and principal conductor of İzmir State Symphony Orchestra. Meanwhile he conducted many concerts and recordings in Turkey and in abroad with İzmir State Symphony Orchestra. He held the position as the General Director of State Opera and Ballet in Turkey between 1992-1995 and 2007-2014.He is a member of the Advisory Committee of Ankara and İstanbul International Art Festivals. He is currently the Principal Conductor and Artistic Director of CSO (Turkish Presidential Symphony Orchestra).

 

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