RESPECT TO MASTERS

RESPECT TO MASTERS

Conductor Prof. Rengim Gökmen

Violin : Ayla Erduran 

Violin : Cihat Aşkın

Piano : Ayşegül Sarıca

Karşıyaka Chamber Orchestra

Concert

16 May 2017 Saat:20.00

Mersin Cultural Centre

He was born in Ankara in August 19, 1955.He is a pioneer among the Turkish conductors. He is an innovative valuable maestro who mostly conducts works by Turkish composers delivering premieres of most of them. He was the spearhead of events, festivals, contests and establishment of new units in the institutions where he served as conductor or art consultant. His interest in music started at the helm of his mother, the opera singer Muazzez Gökmen, while he was still a young boy.He received piano and composition lessons in the Ankara State Conservatory from Ferhunde Erkin, Nimet Karatekin (piano), İlhan Baran,
Ahmet Adnan Saygun (Composition), and other notable, cult names of our musics history.
He was sent to Italy to continue his studies of orchestra conducting by the Turkish Government.He studied first at the Santa Cecilia Conservatory in Rome then at Accademia Chigiana in Siena and Santa Cecilia Music Academy receiving lessons from Franco Ferrara, and graduated ranking first in the class.During six years in Italy, he continued his studies on violin and string instruments technique with O.Vicari which he started in Turkey. Following further studies in Austria, England, the Netherlands, he won the International Gino Marinuzzi Competition in San Remo in 1980.He conducted orchestras in various states in Europe, in USA and South America.He served as the General Music Director of the Ankara State Opera and Ballet between 1984-1989 and the General Director of the Turkish State Opera and Ballet between 1992-1995. He launched the Aspendos Opera and Ballet Festival during this period.Rengim Gökmen was honored by the Italian Government with the “Cavalleria” medal in 1988 for his contributions in promoting and enhancing the opera art.He received various rewards and titles:
1991 - TÜTAV – In contribution to promoting Turkey abroad 1995 - Turkish Ministry of Culture and Tourism – Best Conductor of the Year 1997 - TOBAV – Best Opera Conductor 1998 - State Artist 1999 - Presidential High Culture and Art Prize (High Culture and Art Order) 2010 - Andante Classical Music Magazine – Best Conductor and Music Institute Director Past and present assignments:
•    Chief Conductor of İzmir State Symphony Orchestra

•    General Music Director of Ankara State Opera and Ballet

•    General Director and Art Director (twice) of State Opera and Ballet

•    Professor of Hacettepe University Ankara State Conservatory

•    Founder Conductor and General Music Director of Doğuş Children’s Symphonic Orchestra

    Art Consultant and Conductor of Cemal Reşit Rey Symphony Orchestra

•    Chief Conductor of Presidential Symphony Orchestra

•    SCAMV – Member of Advisory Board

•    İKSV – Member of Istanbul Music Festival Advisory Board

•    Jury member of several composition contests

•    Supervisor of Karşıyaka Chamber Orchestra

Sustainable projects and events that he contributed:

•    Aspendos Opera and Ballet Festival (became international afterwards)

•    Modern Dance Community (Ankara and Istanbul)

•    Birim Dance Theater (Ankara and İzmir)

•    International Istanbul Opera Festival

•    International Istanbul Ballet Competition and Festival

•    Samsun State Opera and Ballet

•    National Eskişehir Opera-Ballet Days (in cooperation with Eskişehir MM)

•    ‘Symphonic Nights On Campus’ Tour with CSO


Rengim Gökmen preferably conducts large-staff and big symphonies, oratorios and operas.Thus, he contributed to the expansion of the repertory, and gained appreciation by conducting the works hardly accessible by the audience. He works on the music notes for months in advance to achieve best results from his concerts.Usually sticking to the original versions of the works and aspirations of the composers, he sometimes prefers more dynamic, vibrant and slightly faster tempos depending on the nature and competency of the orchestra.He pays strict attention to ease the soloists adapt himself into the concertos in the best way. Being a conductor was what he desired in his youth, and even the years passing could not lessen his passion.

    Art Consultant and Conductor of Cemal Reşit Rey Symphony Orchestra •    Chief Conductor of Presidential Symphony Orchestra •    SCAMV – Member of Advisory Board •    İKSV – Member of Istanbul Music Festival Advisory Board •    Jury member of several composition contests •    Supervisor of Karşıyaka Chamber Orchestra
Sustainable projects and events that he contributed:
•    Aspendos Opera and Ballet Festival (became international afterwards) •    Modern Dance Community (Ankara and Istanbul) •    Birim Dance Theater (Ankara and İzmir) •    International Istanbul Opera Festival •    International Istanbul Ballet Competition and Festival •    Samsun State Opera and Ballet •    National Eskişehir Opera-Ballet Days (in cooperation with Eskişehir MM) •    ‘Symphonic Nights On Campus’ Tour with CSO
Rengim Gökmen preferably conducts large-staff and big symphonies, oratorios and operas.Thus, he contributed to the expansion of the repertory, and gained appreciation by conducting the works hardly accessible by the audience. He works on the music notes for months in advance to achieve best results from his concerts.Usually sticking to the original versions of the works and aspirations of the composers, he sometimes prefers more dynamic, vibrant and slightly faster tempos depending on the nature and competency of the orchestra.He pays strict attention to ease the soloists adapt himself into the concertos in the best way. Being a conductor was what he desired in his youth, and even the years passing could not lessen his passion.

Born in Istanbul, the artist first started playing the violin with her mother and at the age of four, became a trainee of Karl Berger; she gave her first recital at the age of ten, accompanied by Ferdi Ştatzer at Saray Theatre. Between 1946-51 she received violin training with Benedetti and Benvenuti at Paris National Conservatory violin department. Between 1951-1955 she took private lessons from Ivan Galamian and Zino Francescatti in the United States where she gave her first concert in Newark with the orchestra conducted by Thomas Schermann. Her career as a concert violinist in Europe started in Poland where she performed violin concerto by Glazunov accompanied by Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra.
Erduran worked with David Oistrakh in Moscow Conservatory between 1957-1958 and ranked sixth among a hundred twenty violinist in 1957 Wieniawski contest, receiving a reward. In 1958, she performed the violin concerto by Ulvi Cemal Erkin in the premiere event conducted by the composer himself in Brussels, in presence of Queen Elizabeth of Belgium. Along with her concerts and recitals in Europe and America, her first major tour was in Canada in 1961 and 1962, and gave a total of a hundred sixty concerts within two years as part of these tours alone. In 1963, she toured the Middle East together with Presidential Symphony Orchestra and gave concerts at various locations in Anatolia. In 1964, in her first recital in London with Mithat Fenmen, she received the Harriet Cohen-Olga Verney award.
In 1965, BBC channel live broadcasted a concert she gave in London Albert Hall where she performed the violin concerto by Brahms conducted by Rozhdestvenski. Following that concert, she made various recorded concerts broadcasted in BBC and in the same year took part in a concert organized in Geneva for the 100th birthday of Sibelius by Suisse Romande orchestra, conducted by Ernest Ansermet where she performed violin concerto of the composer. In 1968 she made an Africa tour together with Verda Erman, won Beethoven Award in Holland in 1970, and was named State Artist in Turkish Republic in 1971. Continuing her concert career on one hand, she also gave lessons in Switzerlan between 1973 -1990s and taught the master class for some time in Lausanne Conservatory. Erduran shared the stage
with such violinists as Menuhin, Szeryng, Navarra, Igor Oistrakh, Valery Oistrakh, Pikaizen, Fallot, Guy, Collins and Weinberg performing concerto duets. She performed with such orchestras as London Symphony, Suisse Romande, Berlin RIAS, Czech Philharmonic and and such conductors as Ernest Ansermet, Karel Ancerl, Paul Kletzki, Gennadi Rozhdetsvenski, Jean Fournet, Michel Plasson and Armin Jordan.
The violinist has recorded work at various radio stations in Canada, Switzerland, England, Germany, Brazil, Bulgaria, Russia, Poland, Iraq, Holland and many states in the US. Her Brahms violin concerto performance with London Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Carlos Paita was released as an LP. Her Franck, Debussy and Grieg violin – piano sonatas performance with Ayşegül Sarıca was released as UPR Classics and Brahms and Bruch concertos she performed with Suisse Romande orchestra with conductors Richard Beck and Armin Jordan was released in Gallo CD format. Erduran was the firstviolinist to perform Elgar’s violin concerto in Turkey.
In 2012, Ayla Erduran was honored with “Médallie D’honneur – Médaille de Vermeil” awarded by “Société d’Encouragement au Progrés “ established in Paris together with French Senate.
“Ayla’yı Dinler misiniz? – Lend an ear to Ayla”, a biography - novel by Evin İlyasoğlu was published in 2002 by Remzi Publishing; and “Evrenimizi İç Işıklarıyla Aydınlatanlar: Ayla Erduran Müzik ve Keman – Enlightening the Universe with Their Inner Light: Ayla Erduran Music and Violin”, a book by Erhan Karaesmen was published in 2007 by SCA. The violinist received Sevda Cenap And Foundation Honor Award in December 2006 and Istanbul Culture and Art Foundation Honor Award in June 2007. Her CDs are sold all over the world from America to Far East and her works have been released in Turkey by Lila Music as “Ayla Erduran Archive Series”.

He was born in Istanbul. His family discovered his interest in music at an early age and enrolled him in conservatory. As a successful student with an extraordinary skill and studying with discipline, Aşkın graduated from Professor Ayhan Turan’s class. At the age of 12, Aşkın gave his first recital and at the age of 15, he was able to play all Paganini Caprices. He continued his training in music at Royal College of Music in London with Rodney Friend and at The City Univercity with Yfrah Neaman. Aşkın also carried out short term studies with masters Ruggierro Ricci and Dorothy Delay before he finished received his Master’s and Doctorate degrees and returned home. He received the titles of Associate Professor in 1998 and Professor in 2006 at İTÜ. Aşkın carried out his academic and artistic activities at the same institution as the founder and co-president of Center for Advanced Research in Music (MIAM) from 1999 to 2012 and between 2008-2012 he worked as the Director of Turkish Music State Conservatory.
Musical authorities consider Aşkın to be and introduce him as one of the leading violin virtuoso of our day; he played on the same stage with such world renowned musicians as Cobos, Dmitriev, Yoel Levi, Shlomo Mintz and Ida Haendel. He gave concerts around the world, in many art centers in America, Europe, Middle East, Asia and Africa and took part in various festivals. He was invited as a juror to international contests in Bulgaria, Serbia, Poland, Israel and Switzerland.
As part of the Kalan Music family, Aşkın made a CD recording of concertos by our esteemed composers U.C.Erkin and N.K.Akses for the first time. Along with contemporary Turkish music pieces, he also gathered his own compositions in albums. In 2006, his Kreutzer 42 Etudes album was released as a first in world violin literature. He made arrangements and soundtracks for violin and other instruments, and made radio and TV recordings. He also worked with Warner Classics and CPO record companies as well as Kalan Music. Aşkın has many awards including awards from Menuhin
and Flesch contests and in 2002 he received Roma Foyer des Artistes award and in 2009 The J. F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts - Gold Medal. He started his concerts locally and internationally to meet the quality music need of our day with Istanbul Chamber Orchestra and by establishing Aşkın Ensemble chamber music band in March 2007.
To share his experience with the future generations Aşkın launched his Cihat Aşkın and His Little Friends (CAKA) project in 2004, and started organizing violin master classes and mini concerts to support training and development of many gifted children to be discovered around Turkish. He received Classical Music Event of the Year Award at 2011 Donizetti Classical Music Awards organized by CAKA. The violinist served as a faculty member at Keshet Elion Violin Mastercourse  in Israel between 1999-2010.
He is named “the violinist of these soils” by the press and Yalçın Tura, Ertuğrul Oğuz Fırat, Arda Ardaşes Agoşyan and Oğuzhan Balcı dedicated their violin concertos to him.
The violinist uses Jean-Baptiste Vuillaume (1846) and Joseph Gagliano (1796) violins in his performances.
Allaturca Music Production Management carries out management services for Cihat Aşkın.