Pianist Gülsin Onay

Gülsin Onay opens this year’s Gümüşlük Festival

The International Gumusluk Classical Music Festival is preparing to open its doors in Bodrum’s new culture and art centre, Zefirya. The 16th Festival will begin on Friday, July 12 at Aktur-Zefirya Culture and Art Center. The opening concert is sponsored by Liba Laboratories and will be hosted by State Artist Pianist Gülsin Onay.  The International Gümüşlük Classical Music Festival, organized by Bodrum Classical Music Association, lasts until 6th of September and will this year host 17 concerts.

The festival will be held in four venues this year with the participation of many valuable artists from Holland, Taiwan, Germany, Italy, Israel, Norway, Ireland, Spain and the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus.

The Aktur-Zefirya Culture and Art Center in Bitez, which will be inaugurated with Gülsin Onays concert, will be the stage of the works of Frédéric Chopin on the opening evening. Other concerts in the festival will be held at the 2500 year old ancient stone quarry; the festival centre on the coast of Gumusluk and the Dibeklihan Culture and Arts Village.

Ranked amongst the finest Chopin interpreters in the world.

The first of the concerts planned in cooperation with the new culture and art center of Bitez, Aktur-Zefirya, will be the opening concert of both the festival and the arts centre. The first guest of the Arts centre,  Gülsin Onay, will present a full programme of the works of Chopin.  Pianist Gülsin Onay, recognized as an exceptional Chopin performer in the International arena has been honoured by the Polish Government with the Polish State Order for Chopin interpretations. 

Gülsin Onay, who is also the artistic advisor of the festival said ‘Amongst the 2500 concerts that I have given in over 80 countries across the globe, the joy created by young talented music students, brimming with excitement and inspiration, is an environment and a period that I look forward to the most. The vision and passion of Eren Levendoğlu has created a festival that with each passing year develops new and richer innovations. This year our festival is host once again to a programme of world-class virtuosos. Our festival will take place in 4 different venues, and hold 17 concerts with performers from across the globe, ranging from The Netherlands to Israel, Taiwan to Norway…’

16th International Gümüşlük Classical Music Festival Sponsors and Supporters.

This year the festival is supported by The Turkish Ministry of Culture and Arts, Mugla Metropolitan Municipality and the Bodrum Municipality. ‘Kumda’ Education sponsors: Sistem A.Ş and Gruptrans. Opening concert sponsor Liba Laboratory; Event sponsors: Koçtaş, Aris Life-Canderel and Jasmin Art Production. The festivals collaborative partners are Aktur A.Ş, Arts Israel and Culture Ireland. Turkish Airlines is the festivals official transportation sponsor. Julius Meinl and Hancı Construction are the festivals service sponsors for 2019.  Media sponsors include  Digiboard, Radyo Halikarnas and Radyo EKO




16. International Classical Music Festival programme

12 July – 06 September 2019


12 July – “Opening Concert” Gülsin Onay, Piano Recital, venue: Zefirya Culture and Arts Centre, 20.30 (Sponsored by Liba Laboratuarları)

17 July – Escarteen Sisters (Spain) Flavia Escarteen (Vocals/Cello) & Laia Escarteen (Vocals/Violin), venue: Mini Earth Bag-Festival Centre, 20.30

19 July- Jeroen Den Herder (Netherlands) – Cello & Hua Hsuan Lee (Taiwan) Piano, venue: Zefirya Culture and Arts Centre, 20.30

21  July   – Cello on Sand, venue: Mini Earth Bag-Festival Centre, 20.30

26  July  – Tuncay Yılmaz & Emre Elivar (Turkey) – Violin & Piano, venue: Zefirya Culture and Arts Centre, 20.30

28  July   – Violin on Sand, venue: Mini Earth Bag-Festival Centre, 20.30

1 August – Eser Öktem  (TRNC) – Piano, venue: Dibeklihan Culture and Arts Village, 20.30

2  August   – Konstanze Eickhorst (Germany) – Piano, venue: Zefirya Culture and Arts Centre, 20.30

8  August   – Francesco Libetta (Italy) – Piano, venue: Antique Stone Quarry, 21.15 (Sponsored by Koçtaş)

11  August   – Piano on Sand, venue: Mini Earth Bag-Festival Centre, 20.30

16  August   – “Encounter on Rocks” Bodrum Chamber Orchestra, Lior Shambadal (Israel – Conductor); Gülsin Onay – Piano; Tolga Atalay Ün – Piano; Deniz Akalın – Piano,  venue: Antique Stone Quarry, 21.15   (Sponsored by  Sistem A.Ş and Gruptrans and with the kind support of Art Israel)

18  August   – Begül Erhan (Turkey) – Guitar, venue: Dibeklihan Culture and Arts Village, 20.30

20  August   – Mathias Eick Quintet (Norveç): Mathias Eick (Trumpet); Audun Erlien (Bass); Andreas Ulvo (Piano); Hakon Aase (Violin); Torstein Lofthus (Drums),  venue: Festival Centre, 20.30 (Sponsored by Aris Life-Canderel)

25  August   – Double Bass on Sand, venue: Mini Earth Bag-Festival Centre, 20.30

27  August   – Gümüşlük Jazz Camp Opening Concert (Turkey): Sibel Köse (Vocals); Ece Göksu (Vocals); İmer Demirer (Trumpet); Engin Recepoğulları (Sax); Erkan Oğur (Guitar); Neşet Ruacan (Guitar); Eylül Biçer (Guitar); Can Çankaya (Piano); Kağan Yıldız (Double Bass); Berke Özgümüş (Drums), venue: Festival Centre, 20.30 (Sponsored by Jasmin Art Production)

31  August   – Fidelio Trio (Ireland): Darragh Morgan (Violin); Adi Tal (Cello); Mary Dullea (Piano), venue: Antique Stone Quarry, 21.15 (Sponsored by Koçtaş and with the kind support of Culture Ireland)

6 September – “Closing Concert” Gülsin Onay – Piano Recital, venue: Dibeklihan Culture and Arts Village, 20.30

GFA Masterclass Programme

15 – 21 July GFA Cello Masterclass; Jeroen Den Herder

23 – 28  July   GFA Violin Masterclass; Ildiko Moog & Erkin Onay

30 Temmuz – 11 August GFA Piano Masterclass; Francesco Libetta & Konstanze Eickhorst & Gülsin Onay

13 – 18  August   GFA Conducting Masterclass; Lior Shambadal

20 – 25  August   GFA Double Bass Masterclass; Fora Baltacıgil


Gülsin Onay’s subsequent, truly international, career has spanned 80 countries across all continents, from Venezuela to Japan. Gülsin Onay has given concerts in the major musical centres of the world.

An exceptional Chopin interpreter, Gülsin Onay was in 2007 honoured with the award of a State Medal by the Polish nation. She is also acknowledged worldwide as the finest interpreter of the music of A.Adnan Saygun, whose works feature prominently in her concerts and recordings, and whose 2nd Piano Concerto (which she has premiered in Turkey and abroad) was dedicated to her.

“An exceptional pianist, endowed with virtuosic brilliance and boundless energy, and an interpretive power both intelligent and emotionally sensitive”, Gülsin Onay has recorded 20 albums that illustrate the breadth of her repertoire as well as her interpretive power.

Gülsin Onay takes a special interest in the promotion of charitable causes, giving charity concerts around the world – most recently for children in Lebanon, under the auspices of UNICEF, whose Turkish National Committee appointed her “Goodwill Ambassador” in 2003. Since its inception in 2004, Gülsin Onay has been the artistic advisor of the Gümüşlük Classical Music Festival.


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