Now in its fifth year, the Benyamin Sönmez Classical Music Festival is returning to Fethiye. The festival, which is a four-day celebration of the world’s classical repertoire, welcomes artists and orchestras from all across Turkey.


The music festival is named in honour of Benyamin Sönmez; a young and exceptionally talented classical cellist, who tragically died in 2011 at the age of just 28 after a heart attack in Ankara.

Benyamin Sönmez
Benyamin Sönmez

Festival Venues

The festival has a new home this year.

Karagözler Rowing Club Stadium (Kürek Kulübü)
Fevzi Çakmak Cd.48870 Karagözler, Fethiye

The main venue will be the Rowing Club Stadium in Karagözler, Fethiye – which is just opposite the Daffodil Hotel. Beginning at 9pm for four consecutive nights, concerts will be played against the backdrop of yachts, Fethiye Boat Yard and the Mediterranean sea.

D-Marin Göcek
Göcek Mh. Camtas Cd. No:12
48310 Göcek, Fethiye

In addition to the night-time performances in Fethiye, Göcek’s D-Marin will be host to three sunset soirées, each beginning at 6pm.

Babadağ Summit
48340 Ölüdeniz/Fethiye

One early-evening concert will be held at the summit of the Babadağ mountain in Ölüdeniz at 5pm. Please remember to take warm clothing with you as it is much colder on the summit of Babadağ.

Highlights of the festival include:

– Cambridge-based, leading concert pianist Gülsin Onay.


– The Mimar Sinan Double Bass Quartet, Istanbul.

Muğla Municipality City Orchestra.

– 21-year-old cellist Poyraz Baltacıgil, who amongst other accolades was winner of the 2014 Benyamin Sönmez National Cello Competition.


Çelliçel from Mersin; one of the youngest and most successful chamber music groups of Turkey.


Anatolias Wind Quintet (Anadolu Nefesli Beşlisi).


Festival Programme

All concerts in
Karagözler begin at 9:00pm

Wednesday 21st September – Opening Concert
Gülsin Onay, Piano Recital

Gülsin Önay
Gülsin Önay

Thursday 22nd September – Chamber Music Concert

Mimar Sinan Double Bass Quartet
Çelliçel & Burcu Soysev


Friday 23rd September

Muğla Municipality City Orchestra & Dila Sonmez
Conductor: Münif Akalın
Narrator: Dila Sonmez

Saturday 24th September – Closing Concert

Cello & Piano Recital

Poyraz Baltacıgil, Cello

Poyraz Baltacıgil
Poyraz Baltacıgil

Raoul Grüneis, Piano

Anatolia Wind Quintet

Anatolia Wind Quintet
Anatolia Wind Quintet


Wednesday 21st September – D-Marin Göcek, 6:00pm
Mimar Sinan Conservatory, Double bass Quartet

Thursday 22nd September – Babadağ Summit, 5:00pm
Rabia Karakaş & Arif Nedim Nalbantoğlu

Concert on Babadağ 2014
Concert on Babadağ summit in 2014

Friday 23rd September – D-Marin Göcek, 6:00pm


Saturday 24th September – D-Marin Göcek, 6:00pm

Karşıyaka Belediyesi Saygun Quartet

No reservations are required to attend the concerts and all performances are free of charge.

Thank you to Anthony Gerard Cooke for providing the information for this article

For information on future events please visit Fethiye Arts and Culture Events