D-Marin Turgutreis International Classical Music Festival
27 July 2009 | Andreas Baader
The D-Marin Turgutreis International Classical Music Festival is staged every year since 2005 at the D-Marin in Bodrum Turgutreis under the founding sponsorship of the Doğuş Group to help promote classical music in Turkey and bring it to greater audiences as one of the primary channels of the universal legacy of art and to pave the way for Turkish artists to sign their names under world-class achievements. The only festival taking place in a marina, the festival retains its distinctive character in Turkey for featuring nothing but classical music, hosting a different symphony orchestra in the same venue on four consecutive days and offering seven sunset concerts in four days.
The first D-Marin Turgutreis International Classical Music Festival took place from 10-13 September 2005 around the theme of “Love and Peace.” Maritime transportation was arranged from the Greek islands of Kos, Kalymnos, and Leros to Turgutreis. The artists included such famous names as the Belgrade Chamber Orchestra accompanying İdil Biret, the Bilkent Symphony Orchestra accompanying Gülsin Onay, Şirin Pancaroğlu (harp), Tatjana Masurenko (viola), Kornelia Brandhkamp (flute), Tedi Papavrami (violin), and Alexander Markov (violin).
The second festival, of which the theme was “Love and Affection,” was staged from 25-28 August 2006. Works of artistic merit were performed by the Pera Quartet and Nusret İspir, the Güher&Süher Pekinel piano duo accompanied by the Bilkent Symphony Orchestra, the Aysev & Burçin Çilingir duo, Anjelika Akbar, Elif Yurdakul, Ilia Gringolts (violin) with Aleksander Rahbari conducting, the İzmir State Symphony Orchestra conducted by Rengim Gökmen accompanying Jiri Barta (cello), Cihat Aşkın, Gülden Teztel, Gülsin Onay, and the Doğuş Children’s Symphony Orchestra.
The theme of the third festival staged 30 August through 2 September 2007 was set as “From the National to the Universal” to commemorate the renowned musician Ahmed Adnan Saygun at the 100th anniversary of his year of birth. Distinguished artists such as Han-Na Chang (cello), Shlomo Mintz (violin), Kit Armstrong (piano), Mirjam Tschopp (viola) & Gülsin Onay (piano) and orchestras such as the Bilkent Symphony Orchestra, the Borusan İstanbul Philharmonic Orchestra, the Doğuş Children’s Symphony Orchestra, and the Presidential Symphony Orchestra performed valuable works at the festival.
The fourth festival that took place from 22-25 August on the theme of “Patriotic Love” saw the performance of exquisite works by the Bilkent Symphony Orchestra accompanying Maksim Fedotov, the Moscow Symphony Orchestra accompanying İdil Biret, the prima dancers of the Bolshoi and Kremlin Ballets, the Doğuş Children’s Symphony Orchestra conducted by Rengim Gökmen accompanying Nicola Martinucci, the Hector Ulises Passarella Tango Octet, and the İzmir State Symphony Orchestra.
Reaching audiences of 7,000 in its first year, 12,000 in its second, 13,500 in its third and 14,100 in its fourth, the festival was admitted to the European Festivals Association (EFA) as it entered its fifth year. The goal is to foster a growing interest in the festival in the years to come, thereby disseminating a taste for classical music in the general public and hosting international artists and orchestras in Turkey.