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History

Advisory Committee

Festival Team

History

Organised by the Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts, the first Istanbul Music Festival, the flagship of the Istanbul Festivals, took place between June 15-July 15, 1973 originally under the title Istanbul Festival. From its inception it has included in its programmes the finest examples of artistic creativity in the fields of classic music, classical ballet and contemporary dance, opera, folklore, jazz/pop, cinema, drama and visual arts from both Turkey and abroad, as well as seminars, conferences and lectures.

After the separation, in 1986, of the Film and then the Theater, Jazz festivals and the Biennial as distinct events, the name of the Istanbul Festival was changed to Istanbul Music Festival in 1994.

Since then the Festival particularly emphasises 'sharing artistic inspiration' and creates programmes in which international orchestras and conductors perform with Turkish soloists or vice versa.

Performances like the BBC Symphony Orchestra conducted by Adam Fisher with soloist İdil Biret; Czech Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Vladimir Valek with pianist Fazıl Say; Istanbul State Symphony Orchestra conducted by Gotthold Lessing with soloists Suna Kan, Ayla Erduran and Yehudi Menuhin; Montserrat Caballé with Istanbul State Opera and Ballet Orchestra and Chorus conducted by José Collado; or Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks conducted by Lorin Maazel with pianist Hüseyin Sermet are outcomes of this approach.

In its 35 years the Istanbul Music Festival hosted honorable conductors such as Zubin Mehta, Sir John Elliot Gardiner, Riccardo Muti, Ton Koopman, William Christie, Howard Griffiths, Valery Gergiev, Christopher Hogwood, Pierre Boulez, Kurt Masur, Mark Minkowski and José Collado. A distinguished line-up of soloists such as Elizabeth Scwarzkopf, Kiri Te Kanawa, Kathleen Battle, Cecilia Bartoli, Montserrat Caballé, Itzhak Perlman, Mischa Maisky, Maxim Vengerov, Gidon Kremer, Joshua Bell, Aldo Cicciolini, Daniel Barenboim, Juan Diego Florez , Andre Previn, Anne Sophie Mutte, Shlomo Mintz, Suna Kan, Ayla Erduran, İdil Biret and Hüseyin Sermet were among the guests of the Istanbul Music Festival. Outstanding dance companies such as the Martha Graham Dance Company, Bolshoi Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, Nederlands Dans Thetare as well as Les Ballets de Montecarlo were presented to music lovers in previous years.

Recognised as undeniably the most important piece Mozart has composed on Turkish music, "The Abduction from the Seraglio" met the audience in its original setting, the Topkapı Palace, during the Istanbul Music Festival for long years and became a Festival classic. Once again the extraordinary story of Belmonte coming to Istanbul in search of his lover Constanze came alive with the modern interpretation of Yekta Kara in Istanbul the meeting point for the East and the West, as part of 34th Istanbul Music Festival.

Being the oldest of the Istanbul Festivals, which became landmarks of cultural life in Turkey, the Istanbul Music Festival has earned a reputation for its major role in encouraging research in musicology and in launching special projects on shared cultural values through its productions.

The Istanbul Music Festival is a member of European Festival Association since 1977.

Music Festival Advisory Committee

Aydın Büke
Feyzi Erçin
Ahmet Erenli
Prof. Rengim Gökmen
Zeynep Hamedi
Prof. Cihat Aşkın
 

ISTANBUL MUSIC FESTIVAL

Director
Yeşim Gürer Oymak

Assistant Director
Efruz Çakırkaya
Editor
Evren Barın Egrik
Operations Coordinator
Ayşe Emek
music.fest@iksv.org

MEDIA RELATIONS

Director
Ayşe Bulutgil
Managers
Özlem Bekiroğlu Aldoğan
Elif Obdan Gürkan (International Media)
Visual Archive Associate
Özge Özgüleryüz
Associate
Ayşen Gürkan
Assistants
Zeynep Seyhun (International Media)
Hüma Üster
medya@iksv.org

Archives Photos
Muammer Yanmaz
Ilgın Erarslan Yanmaz
Mahmut Ceylan
Ali Güler

İKSV STUDIO

Manager
Selçuk Metin
Assistant
Erman Pehlivan

CORPORATE IDENTITY AND PUBLICATIONS

Manager
Didem Ermiş
Publications Coordinator
Cüneyt Tabanoğlu
Editors
Merve Evirgen
Erim Şerifoğlu
Publications Operator
Ferhat Balamir
Graphic Designer
Selin Pervan
Webmaster
Sezen Özgür
yayinlar@iksv.org

SPONSORSHIP PROGRAMME

Director
Yasemin Çavuşoğlu
Manager
Zeynep Pekgöz
Coordinator
Zeynep Karaman
Sponsorship Relations Associate
Irmak Kaleli
Operation Associate
Pelin Davidyan
sponsor@iksv.org

MARKETING AND BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT

Director
Tuba Tortop
Marketing Manager
İrem Akev Uluç
Sales and Business Development Manager
Dilan Beyhan
Marketing Associates
Cansu Aşkın
Meriç Yirmili
Member Relations Associate
Yıldız Lale Yıldırım
Member Relations Assistants
Lara Eram
Gülce Şahin
Ticket Sales Associates
Ercan Kaya
Gonca Varol
Ticket Sales Assistant
Neva Abrar
Field Operations Associate
Sezer Kari
Social Media Associate
Bahar Helvacıoğlu
CRM Associate
Özge Genç
Box Officers
Yağmur Korkmaz
Derya Öztürk
pazarlama@iksv.org
 

PRODUCTION

Manager
Umut Kurç
Production Assistant
Erdal Hamamcı

INFORMATION AND RECORDS CENTER

Manager
Esra Çankaya
Archive Assistant
Dilan Bolluk

FINANCE AND ADMINISTRATION

Head of Finance and Administration
Ahmet Balta

FINANCE

Managers
Ahmet Buruk (Budget and Accounting)
Hasan Alkaya (Purchasing and International Projects)
Başak Sucu Yıldız (Finance)
Accounting Associates
Kadir Altoprak
Deniz Yılmaz
Accounting
Çiğdem Arslan
finans@iksv.org

PUBLIC AND INTERNATIONAL GRANTS

Director
Aslı Yurdanur

HUMAN RESOURCES AND ADMINISTRATION

Director
Semin Aksoy
Human Resources Specialist
Eren Ertekin
Human Resources Assistant
Cansu Zülfikar
Building Administration and Security Manager
Ersin Kılıçkan
IT Support Technician
Kadir Ayyıldız
Reception Officer
Işıl Öztürk
Shopkeepers
Muzaffer Sayan
Şerif Kocaman
Services
Özden Atukeren
Aşkın Bircan
İbrahim Çakmak
Aydın Kaya
Hayrullah Nişancı
Serap Sürgit
Müzeyyen Öztürk
insankaynaklari@iksv.org