The Gümüşlük International Classical Music Festival and Gümüşlük Festival Academy is held in the small fishing village of Gümüşlük on the south west coast of Turkey. It began in 2004 as a series of concerts and has grown to be a meeting place for internationally renowned musicians and up-and-coming performers.
It is run by Eren Levendoğlu, the festivals Artistic Director and a graduate of the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. Gülsin Onay, one of Turkey’s most famous living pianists is the artistic advisor. Until its’ 10th year, the concerts were held in the 250 year old church.
In 2013 the festival moved to the magnificent Ancient Stone Quarry in Koyunbaba. The stones from this quarry were used in the construction of the Mausoleum, one of the Seven Wonders of the World. The festival also takes place in nearby hotels and restaurants and various venues around the Bodrum peninsula.
The organisers seek to maintain a relaxed atmosphere to counterbalance the often stressful environment of music conservatoires; teachers and students are encouraged to interact as much as possible, both musically and socially.