TWO PIANOS – THE BRIDGE BETWEEN TWO CULTURES
Manolis Neophytou & Canan Kocaay Camurtas (piano)
Friday 18 October 7.30pm
La Scala De Paphos
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Part of the World Music Festival organised by Paphos Music Lovers
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Programme includes: Rachmaninoff Suite No 2, music from the Greek movie Politiki Kouzina, Fazil Say Ballade and other works.
Two pianists, two different artists from Cyprus and Turkey join in a musical journey and coexist through works of Greek, Turkish and Russian composers, demonstrating that the power of music is stronger than our differences. Manolis Neophytou and Canan Kocaay Camurtas give a joint concert that unites cultures.
Canan Kocaay Camurtas (piano) was born in Ankara, Turkey. She commenced her studies at the Ankara State Conservatory with Prof. Nimet Karatekin and Tatyana Pikayzen. After receiving her master and doctorate of musical arts degrees with Prof. Naum Starkmann and N. Trull in Moscow State Conservatory, she won a scholarship to study with Prof. Dominique Merlet in Paris, France. Then she progressed to the Ecole Normale de Musique de Paris/Alfred Cortot to study under Victoria Melki, where she received the Diplomes of “ 6eme Superieur Enseignement” and “6eme Superieur Execution”. Between 2002 and 2004, she studied with Prof. Karl- Andreas Kolly at Zürich University of Arts in Zürich - Winterthur, where she earned her “Solistendiplom”. She also held a teaching position at the same University. She won various national and international Competitions, made recordings for Turkish national Radio and Television, played as a soloist with different Orchestras and gave many concerts in Turkey, Russia, Austria, Germany, France, South Africa and Switzerland. She is giving lessons as Assistant in International Piano Master Class of K.A. Kolly in St. Moritz. She is also working as faculty member in the music department of Zürich University of Arts and Winterthur Conservatory.
Manolis Neophytou (piano) performed his first solo recital at the age of eleven, just before he entered the Moscow’s Central Special State Music School of the ex-Soviet Union, where he studied with Professor Rudolf Kehrer. Manolis, during the period 1996-2002 studied at the Moscow State Tchaikovsky Conservatoire, with scholarship from Nicolas Economou Foundation. He also studied in Ecole Normale in Paris with a scholarship from the Albert Russell Foundation. In 2004, he has obtained the Masters in Piano Performance from the University of London with scholarship from the State Scholarships Foundation of Greece. Manolis represented Cyprus at the Eurovision Classical Contests in Brussels (1992), Warsaw (1994) and Lisbon (1996), after winning the Cyprus National Competitions. He received several prizes in international piano competitions: 4th Prize at Senigallia International Piano Competition (Italy, 1994), 1st Prize at the Inter-Mediterranean Music Festival (Palermo, Italy, 1995), and 2nd Prize at the Thimis Piano Competition (Megaron Mousikis, Thessaloniki, Greece, 2002). His performance activities include solo recitals and concerts in Germany, Greece, Switzerland, Russia, Poland, Italy, Hungary, France, Ireland, U.K., Korea, South Africa and Cyprus. He has performed as a soloist with many orchestras such as the State Orchestra of Cyprus, the State Orchestra of Thessaloniki, the Symphonic State Orchestra of Rostov (Russia) and others. He taught in master classes in Cyprus and at the University of South Africa (UNISA). Homage to Greek Music is the title of his first CD and it received a very good review from Mikis Theodorakis. He has also written music for the documentary film by Alessia de Ninno, which received a prize from the NFT (National Film Theatre) of London. He is teaching piano in Arte Academy of Music, European University of Cyprus and in the state music school in Limassol.
Directions: Head into town from the Debenhams roundabout and turn right at the two Dima lighting shops, then left at the kiosk just past Domino’s Pizza and immediately right and the venue will be found on the right. LA SCALA DE PAPHOS, Paphos Academy of Fine Arts, Thetidos Street, Paphos. Contact: Tel: 99632346. Email: email@example.com.