Who is Rengim Gökmen?

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Rengim Gökmen (born 19/08/1955) began to study music at an early age under the supervision of his mother, the opera singer Muazzez Gökmen. He completed his piano and composition studies at Ankara State Conservatory. Following his studies in Ankara , he went to Italy to study orchestral conducting. He graduated with a degree in orchestral conducting from Santa Cecilia Conservatory in 1978 as a student of P. Bellugi.
The same year he graduated in orchestral conducting from Siena Accademia Chigiana , and the following year he gratuated with high honours from Santa Cecilia National Accademy as a student of Franco Ferrara. After furthering his studies in masterclasses in Salzburg Mozarteum with O. Suitner , in Bournemouth with G. Hurst , in Hilversum with E. Downes ( On Opera conducting) he won the Gino Marinuzzi International Conducting Competition in San Remo in 1980 a great success which put him on the İnternational podium, conducting orchestras throughout Europe, and in USA and South America.

Rengim Gökmen served as the Ankara State Opera and Ballet General Music Director between 1984 and 1989. Apart from that he also served as General Director of Turkish State Opera and Ballet first between 1992-1995 and then between 2007-2014. During his tenures as General Director, Gökmen first launched the Aspendos Opera and Ballet Festival in 1994, then the İstanbul International Opera Festival in 2010.

Between 1991-2005 Rengim Gökmen who was the İzmir State Symphony Orchestra Music Director also became conductor of the Presidential State Symphony Orchestra between 2006-2020 (until June2020) which he conducted numerous concerts, recorded many albums,and toured both home and abroad.

He is the founder and principal conductor of the Doğuş Childrens Symphony Orchestra which is working since 2005.


1988 “Cavalleria Medal” by the Italian Government

1991 special award for his contribution to the promotion of Turkey abroad by TUTAV

1995 “Best Conductor of the Year” by the Ministry of Culture

1997 “The Most Successful Opera Conductor” by TOBAV

1998 State artist

1999 Presidential Order of Culture and Arts

2010 Andante Classical Music Awards, Conductor of the Year Award

2010 Andante Classical Music Awards, Music Institution Manager of the Year Award