Rengim Gökmen was born in Istanbul in 1955. He had his first music lessons from his family and was admitted to the piano section of the Ankara State Conservatory in 1964. Subsequently he was admitted to the Composition section of the same conservatory and there he studied with İlhan Baran and A. Adnan Saygun.
In 1975 Rengim Gökmen was awarded with a scholarship by the Turkish Goverment to continue his studies on orchestra conducting in Rome.
He received his diploma from Santa Cecilia Conservatory in 1978 and in the same year he qualified for ‘’Diploma di Merito’’ by Accademia Chigiana in Siena, under the direction of Franco Ferrara.
In 1979, Rengim Gökmen completed his advanced studies at Academy of Santa Cecilia. His achievements qualified him to conduct a concert with ‘’Orchestra Nazionale dell’Accademia di Santa Cecilia’’ at ‘’Via Della Concilizione’’.
In july 1980, he won ‘’Gino Marinuzzi’’ contest for young international conductors.
After returning home, the concert that he conducted Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony created a huge reflection on the audience and the critics. Then he conducted many orchestras both in Turkey and in Europe.
During 1984 - 1989 season, he served as the General Music Director of Ankara State Opera and Ballet. In 1989 he has been awarded ‘’Cavalleria in ordine di Merito’’ by the Italian Goverment. Between 1991-2006 he was music director and principal conductor of Izmir State Symphony Orchestra.
In 1999, Turkish Presidential Culture and Art Prize and in 2000, Gold Medal of ‘’Foyer des Artistes’’ in Rome, Italy are presented to Rengim Gökmen.
He is a member of the Advisory Committee of Ankara and Istanbul International Art Festivals. Beside his intensive program in Turkey, he continues to conduct orchestras in Europe regularly.
He is presently Music Director and Principal Conductor of Presidential Symphony Orchestra of Turkey and the General Director of Turkish State Opera and Ballet and also in the academic staff of Hacettepe University Ankara State Conservatory.