DOGUS CHILDREN'S SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
Rengim Gökmen studied piano and composition under Professors Nimet Kartekin and İlhan A. Adnan Saygun at the Ankara State Conservatory. He went on to study conducting in Italy on a Turkish government scholarship.
Gökmen studied in Rome, first at the Santa Cecilia Conservatory and then the Santa Cecilia Music Academy, for his master’s in orchestra conducting. He continued his conducting studies under Franco Ferrara at the Chigiana Music Academy in Siena and, in 1980, he won the San Remo Gino Marinuzzi Conducting Competition.
He has conducted concerts at nearly all the major centers in Europe. He received the Cavaliere medallion from the Italian government in 1988 and the Republic of Turkey Presidential Culture and Arts Award in 1999.
The founding conductor of the Doğuş Children’s Symphony, Mr Gokmen is the Principal Conductor and Artistic Director of Presidential Symphony Orchestra and General Director of State Opera and Ballet of Turkey.
Between 1991 and 2006, he was the music director and the principal conductor of Izmir State Symphony Orchestra. Gökmen also conducted many concerts and made recordings in Turkey and abroad with Izmir State Symphony Orchestra. He was the General Director of State Opera and Ballet in Turkey from 1992 to 1995 and honored by TÜTAV due to his exemplary contribution to present Turkey and abroad. Gökmen received the Turkish Presidential Culture and of Art Award in 1999 and Gold Medal of “Foyer des Artistes” in Rome in 2000.
Having graduated from Kabataş High School for Boys and Istanbul University’s Faculty of Medicine, Erdal Atabek is a specialist in internal medicine and psychosomatic illnesses. After finishing his medical degree, Dr. Atabek concentrated on researching social change.
His research focuses on the impacts that changing societies have on children and youth. Dr. Atabek holds conferences and seminars in Turkey and abroad on Children, Youth and Family Transformation. He served as educational and psychological counselor at an orphanage for 15 years. In addition to writing many books on children and youth, Atabek authored the book Music is Beckoning You, which tells the story of the Doğuş Children’s Symphony Orchestra, an institution that has made a tremendous contribution to training children as professional musicians.
Oğuzhan Kavruk entered the Hacettepe University Ankara State Conservatory in 1980 and became a cello student of Prof. Engin Sansa.
He graduated from Ankara State Conservatory in 1989, and went on to gain his master’s and doctoral degrees in cello and chamber music at Bilkent University’s Music and Stage Arts Faculty. The artist completed orchestra conducting studies under Prof. Rengim Gökmen and he is a professional conductor.
Kavruk helped form the Ankara Chamber Ensemble in 2011 and he has performed as soloist in many chamber music and symphony concerts. Kavruk is the Cello Soloist in the Presidential Symphony Orchestra and the Art Director and Assistant Conductor of the Doğuş Children’s Symphony Orchestra.
Hasan Niyazi Tura
Hasan Niyazi Tura began studying composition, counterpoint and harmony with his father, Prof. Yalçın Tura, at a very early age. He started learning violin aged seven under Prof. Gönül Gökdoğan and continued with Prof. Nuri İyicil. He studied composition under Prof. Hasan Uçarsu at the Mimar Sinan State Conservatory, from which he graduated in 2003.
In 2004 he won the first prize with his "First Symphony" at the National Competition for Composition held by the Turkish Ministry of Culture. Tura has performed as a violinist in concerts in Greece and Uzbekistan and he has also worked on musical compositions. After completing work on his master’s degree in orchestra conducting under Prof. Rengim Gökmen at the Hacettepe University State Conservatory in 2010, he appeared on stage as a conductor-soloist in Bulgaria (2011) and Germany (2014). Hasan Niyazi Tura is currently a member of the first violin group in the Presidential Symphony Orchestra and is the Assistant Conductor of the Doğuş Children’s Symphony Orchestra. Among the orchestras that Tura has conducted are Cemal Reşit Rey, Eskişehir Municipal, Hacettepe Academic, the Doğuş Children’s, the Middle Saxony Philharmonic (Germany), the İslimye (Bulgaria) and the Karaganda (Kazakhstan) Symphony Orchestras.
In 1994, Tolga Taviş gained a place at the Izmir State Conservatory. There, he took all his musical education from Tolga Alpay and completed in 6 years.
Taviş entered the Antalya State Symphony Orchestra as bassoonist at the age of 19, having passed an exam held in November 1999. He performed there for nine years and gave hundreds of concerts under the direction of renowned orchestra conductors. While studying in Izmir, Taviş developed an interest in piano and composition and, in 2002, he joined the master’s program in Composition and Orchestra Conducting at the Ankara State Conservatory. Throughout the master’s program, he worked on orchestra conducting with Prof. Rengim Gökmen and on 20th Century music styles with Prof. İlham Baran. He graduated in 2005. In the summer of 2005, he participated in the orchestra masterclass at the Chigiana Music Academy, one of the most prestigious masterclasses in Europe, in the Italian city of Siena. As part of this masterclass, he acquired the right to be an active student of the respected Italian pedagogue Gianluigi Gelmetti, who was the Art Director of the Monte-Carlo Philharmonic Orchestra. Throughout the masterclass, he worked with the Sofia Festival Orchestra. In 2008, at the age of 28, Taviş was appointed to the position of Orchestra Conductor of the Samsung State Opera and Ballet. Working there until 2014, Tolga Taviş directed over 100 symphony concerts, operas, ballets, operettas and musical performances. Since 2015, he has been the orchestra conductor of the Izmir State Opera and Ballet.