Yeşim Gurer Oymak

Deputy Director General of Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts.
Dr. Yeşim Gurer Oymak is the Director of the Leyla Gencer Voice Competition, a triannual event organised in collaboration with La Scala Academy.

Dr. Gürer Oymak earned a Bachelor of Arts in English Language & Literature from Boğaziçi University and Istanbul University State Conservatory Piano Department after studying at Saint-Benoît French High School. She holds a PhD in Musicology from the Istanbul University State Conservatory.

She was a faculty member and Associate Professor at Istanbul University State Conservatory between 1996 and 2016 During this time, she also chaired the Department of Musicology and was appointed as a member of the executive board of Ottoman Music Application and Research Centre — OMAR.

Dr. Gürer Oymak became the Founding Director of İş Sanat Cultural Centre in 2000 and she held this position until 2006 She also coordinated the classical music events organised as part of the “Cultural Season of Turkey in France”, a joint project realised in France by the Ministries of International Affairs of Turkey and France, between 2009 and 2010.

In 2019, she was made Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres by the Minister of Culture of France. She holds a “Bene Merito” honorary distinction from the Ministry of

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