Bodrum set for classical music extravaganza

The annual International Gümüşlük Classical Music Festival is set »»

The annual International Gümüşlük Classical Music Festival is set to kick off on July 5 at the historic Eklisia Church in the popular holiday resort town of Bodrum with a performance by the Ankara-based Bilkent Symphony Orchestra accompanied by world-famous Turkish pianist Gülsin Onay.

The ninth edition of the festival, directed by pianists Gülsin Onay and Eren Levendoğlu, will run until Sept. 7, bringing world-class performers together in Bodrum.

Featured amongst a star-studded lineup will be Russian pianist Lilya Zilberstein, Dutch pianist Karst de Jong, Lithuanian pianist Mûza Rubackyté, famous accordionist Harri Kuusijärvi of Finland, world famous British pianist Jonathan Plowright, Turkish maestro Erol Erdinç, guitarist Sarp Maden, Turkish jazz vocalists Sibel Köse and Ayşe Gencer and the İstanbul-based İmer Demirer Quartet. The festival will be concluded with a concert by Gülsin Onay.

First launched in 2004 as a piano concert series, the Gümüşlük festival is a joint effort by the Gümüşlük Culture and Art Society and the municipalities of Gümüşlük and Bodrum. The centuries-old Eklisia Church in Gümüşlük serves as the festival’s main venue in addition to providing the name of an accompanying summer music school, where classical music students can attend master classes taught by world-class instrumentalists who will also perform at the festival. For program information and ticket prices, see


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Columnist: TODAY'S ZAMAN