COMPOSERS AND PERFORMERS
(1955-) Rengim Gökmen was the student of the great music teachers Ferhunde Erkin and Nimet Karatekin at the Ankara State Conservatory. Starting his musical education on piano, he then studied composition under Ilhan Baran and Adnan Saygun, and then went to Italy for his training in orchestral conducting. A successful composer in both Turkey and Europe, Gökmen received the title "Cavalleria" from the Italian Government in 1989. Gökmen served for a time as the General Manager of the Ankara State Orchestra, and now directs the Izmir Symphony Orchestra.