BUTTERFLIES AND THE BIRDS OF PARADISE - Piano Recital

Mari Nakamura (piano)

Wednesday 22 May 8pm

Technopolis 20 Paphos

Tickets: €10

Box Office: Tel: 70002420 (calls only). Sponsor: Deputy Ministry of Tourism

Information: www.paphosmusiclovers.com

The pianist Mari Nakamura will present a beautiful selection of works. The concert, an intimate performance of her new album, includes less well known but delightful works by the Czech composer Bohuslav Martinů and many favourites from Gabriel Fauré’s beautiful piano works. Programme: Martinů: Butterflies and Birds of Paradise, Puppets Fauré: Nocturnes, Barcarolles

Mari Nakamura (piano) born in Japan, began playing the piano at the age of four. Soon she discovered her passion for classical music as well as pop music. Mari professionalized her talent by taking excursions into different musical genres. For more than seven years she devoted her interest to string instruments playing violin and cello. The piano, however, remained her principal instrument. After finishing the Music High School in Japan, she began studying Music in Germany with the major "Classical Piano", which she mastered with great success. Mari Nakamura succeeds in exploring and understanding the essence of musical compositions through outstanding excellence in mastery of the piano coupled with an outstanding ear. With great devotion and dedicated effort, Mari exploits all the possibilities of the instrument. She has the ability to fill the room with expressive and rich sound to inspire and amaze the audience. Today Mari plays classical concerts, as a soloist and also in duet - piano four-hands, flute and piano - works as an arranger and undertakes musical excursions into the world of jazz and experimental music. In 2018 DJ Kana Mechaniker released the album Techno-Records in collaboration with Mari. Her new album "Martinu and Faure" will be released in March 2019. Mari Nakamura is living in Berlin and performing worldwide.

Directions: Head into town from the Debenhams roundabout and turn right just before the Makarios statue, over the crossroads then right again just past the big white court building, and the venue will be found 200M on the right with parking on the left. TECHNOPOLIS 20 Cultural Centre, 18 Nikilaou Nikolaidi Avenue, 8010 Paphos. Tel: 70002420. www.technopolis20.com. Facebook: @technopolis20

GIRO D’ ITALIA - Journey Through Italy

Anoki Von Arx (soprano), Stelios Georgiou (tenor) and Plotinos Micromatis (piano)

Saturday 25 May 8pm

Technopolis 20 Paphos

Tickets: €12

Box Office: Tel: 70002420 (calls only)

Anoki Von Arx (soprano), Stelios Georgiou (tenor) and Plotinos Micromatis (piano) will perform a selection of Neapolitan Songs and Arias throughout the ages accompanied by Plotinos Micromatis. Their goal is to share with the audience these beautiful songs of Italy and beyond. Songs that are unforgettable, romantic and fun, which are vital ingredients in life. Anoki and Stelios have a vast vocal range they can be judged individually and the two are gifted in their vocal dexterity, with a velvet, sensual and gentle yet, deep voices. You will be blown away, by the magic felt listening their multi-faceted voices, covering a range of notes and emotions, from a sweet soaring falsetto to an attitude-laden, long, low, profound sound of this awe inspiring concert. Plotinos is equally at home, performing solo recitals, chamber music with singers and instrumentalists and as soloist. His solo recitals will not fail to impress.

Stelios Georgiou (tenor) was born in Limassol, Cyprus. He began his music education in music at the age of eleven with piano, theory and harmony classes with Christina Shiakalli Frantzeskou and singing lessons with Natalia Nord. He was awarded a BMus with Honours in Music & Performance at Kingston University, UK. where he had singing lessons with the renowned baritone Jeffrey Black. He then pursued a Master’s degree in Performance & Opera from the Royal Northern College of Music, under the supervision of baritone Quentin Hays. Stelios has received many masterclasses. While studying towards his degrees, Stelios, was an active member of the Kingston University Chamber Choir (Prof. David Osbon) and the Royal Church School of Music Choir and would often perform as a soloist in venues such as the Canterbury Cathedral UK and other locations in Ireland, Norway, Italy & Austria. Additionally, Stelios received a choral Scholarship from St. James’ Church in New Malden, administered by the RCSM and directed by Jason Edge, while at the same time, he was a member of the Riverside Opera Chorus in Kingston upon Thames, under the direction of Oliver-John Ruthven. He gained a certificate from the International Vocal Artists Academy of Payerbach- Austria where he had singing lessons with the renowned Russian baritone Vladimir Chernov and the world-class expert on Bel Canto vocal technique Olga Toporkova. Stelios is currently teaching voice at various Music Schools across Cyprus. www.steliosgeorgiou.com

Anoki Von Arx (soprano) brings a unique element to the Opera. Before performing each aria Anoki enchants the audience with the story of the musical piece, and the Opera from which it originates. Bringing the characters in her tale to life, the audience can’t fail but to be mesmerized by her beautiful voice and magical performance. She delivers each aria with an amazing sfogato/soprano (mezzo) and has, indeed, been compared to the famous opera star Maria Callas. Anoki Von Arx (Soprano Sfogato/ Lyrical Artist) after an international dancing career devoted herself to opera singing. A rare soprano sfogato, her voice covers the entire spectrum from high and dramatic soprano to mezzo. In 2010, she started to combine opera singing with Break dance, and Hip Hop, placing her timeless voice art in surprising contexts and creating productive contrast. The multi-talented star recently completed tours in Vienna and the United States of America.

Plotinos Micromatis (piano) was born in Cyprus and has been performing since the age of eight as well as recording for Cyprus national radio and television. His first professional engagement was a recital with works by Telemann, Beethoven, Chopin and Schumann, which he gave when he was fifteen years old. In 1987 he won the Ρrix Ravel Competition, held in Nicosia, and in 1988, following his win at the national competition, he represented Cyprus at the 4th Eurovision Competition for Young Musicians which was held in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. After, he completed his studies with Pitsa Spyridaki in Cyprus, Plotinos moved to London in order to study at the Royal College of Music and later at the University of London (Trinity College of Music). He holds performance diplomas of the Royal College of Music, the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, as well as a Master of Music degree from the University of London. Currently based in Nicosia, Cyprus, Plotinos is equally “at home” performing solo recitals, chamber music with singers and instrumentalists and as soloist. He has appeared as soloist with the Cyprus Symphony Orchestra, the Cyprus State Youth Orchestra, the English School Symphony Orchestra, the Aegean Festival Symphony Orchestra, the ‘Themis Christodoulou’ String Orchestra and the Netherlands Radio Symphony Orchestra, Apart from Greece and Cyprus, Plotinos has given concerts in the UK, Russia, Germany, the Netherlands and Denmark. www.plotinos.com.

Directions: Head into town from the Debenhams roundabout and turn right just before the Makarios statue, over the crossroads then right again just past the big white court building, and the venue will be found 200M on the right with parking on the left. TECHNOPOLIS 20 Cultural Centre, 18 Nikilaou Nikolaidi Avenue, 8010 Paphos. Tel: 70002420. www.technopolis20.com. Facebook: @technopolis20

CLARINET RECITAL

George Georgiou (clarinet) and Gergana Georgieva (piano)

Sunday 26 May 6pm

Technopolis 20 in Paphos

Tickets: €10

Box Office: Tel: 70002420 (calls only). Sponsor: Deputy Ministry of Tourism

Information: www.paphosmusiclovers.com

Programme:

Julian Menendez: Introduction, Andante Y Danza for clarinet and piano Claude

Debussy: Premiere Rhapsody for clarinet and piano

Christina Athinodorou: Nocturne for solo clarinet

Johannes Brahms: Clarinet Sonata no 2 in E flat Major

George Georgiou (piano) is hailed for his energetic and inspirational performances. The Cypriot clarinetist George Georgiou enjoys a career as a classical and contemporary clarinetist. He appeared in many solo concerts and recitals in Europe, Middle East and USA. He collaborated with some prominent musicians such as the legendary cellist Rohan de Saram, the Prazak Quartet, the Apple Hill String Quartet, the Chilingirian String Quartet, the violinist Movses Pogossian and he appeared as a soloist with the Commandaria Orchestra and Moscow Virtuosi under the baton of Vladimir Spivakov. In his research for new repertoire, George started commissioning works for clarinet and so far, he collaborated with the most dominant composers from Cyprus and abroad. He premiered several works featuring the clarinet with most of them being dedicated to him. He is a member of Georgiou Georgieva Duo, Lyrical Noise Ensemble, Evohe Wind Quintet, Chronos Contemporary Music Ensemble as well as musician in residence at the Avaton Contemporary Music Festival (Cyprus). He holds the position of clarinet professor at the University of Nicosia. He is the artistic director of Music at the Museum Concert Series and Georgiou and Friends concert Series as well as the founder of Cyprus Clarinet Studio. George is a graduate from City University, London, where he studied clarinet with Julian Farrell and Joy Farel at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. He is also a MBA graduate from the Neapolis University Paphos, Cyprus and a member of Mensa Cyprus. His busy profile gained him an international recognition and he became a Fratelli Patricola Clarinet Artist, a Silverstein Ligature Artist and a Marca Reeds Artist. He records for Hook Records. He was recently appointed as the Cyprus Chair of the International Clarinet Association. Future engagements include recitals in Cyprus, London, Canary Islands and USA.

Gergana Georgieva (piano) was born in the city of Burgas in Bulgaria. At the age of six she took piano lessons and music theory with Isidora Silvestrova and at the age of ten, she was accepted at the Pancho Vladigerov music school in Burgas. During her studies, she was awarded at various seminars, concerts and competitions, including the 16th Competition for performance of Bulgarian professional music "Varban Varbanov" where she won 1st prise. In 2002 she performed Prokofiev’s 1st concert for piano and orchestra, accompanied by Burgas Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Ivan Kojuharov. She continued her studies at the National Music Academy of Sofia “Pancho Vladigerov”, attending piano classes with Stella Dimitrova – Maistorova and Ilia Chernaev. During her studies in the Academy, she participated inconcerts, performing Mozart, Beethoven and Schumann concertos, accompanied by Sofia’s Academic Symphony Orchestra. She participated in national competitions of Chamber Music with a piano trio, winning 2nd prize for performing a Bulgarian music piece and 1st prize for performing Austrian music pieces. She participated in the Contemporary Music Festival “Pianissimo”, where she performed preludes and fugues by Shostakovich and Shchedrin. Gergana has attended various master classes with distinguished pianists, such as Paolo Police, Cyprien Katsaris etc. Since 2008 she has lived and worked in Cyprus, where she continues to participate in concerts and presentations, in collaboration with Cypriot and foreign artists, as well as with the Cyprus Symphony Orchestra. She is member of the Georgiou – Georgieva Duo and piano faculty at the Papadakion Music School in Limassol.

Directions: Head into town from the Debenhams roundabout and turn right just before the Makarios statue, over the crossroads then right again just past the big white court building, and the venue will be found 200M on the right with parking on the left. TECHNOPOLIS 20 Cultural Centre, 18 Nikilaou Nikolaidi Avenue, 8010 Paphos. Tel: 70002420. www.technopolis20.com. Facebook: @technopolis20

AN EVENING OF DIVERSITY OPERA & POP

Anoki Von Arx (sfogato soprano), Zara Barkhoudarian (piano) & Gore Melian (voice)

Friday 31 May 7.30pm

Anesi Restaurant Pegeia Paphos

Tickets: €25 including a superb international hot and cold buffet

Box Office: Tel: 99313050, Dorothy Tel: 99380182

Information: www.paphosmusiclovers.com

Buffet 7.30pm, Concert 8.30pm

This concert will be superbly international. With songs in English, German, Russian, Armenian, Italian, French and Czech. The trio will be joined by guest singer, 12-year-old Edgar, winner of the Galaxy of Talents 2018 Limassol. A truly wonderful concert awaits you.

Anoki Von Arx (sfogato/soprano) brings a fun element to the Opera. She explains about her aria's and the Opera in such lyrical and magical way, that the audience can't cease to be mesmerized by her performance. Anoki delivers each aria with a beautiful and amazing sfogato/soprano (mezzo) and very similar to Famous opera star Maria Callas voice.

Zara Barkhoudarian (piano) is From Armenia, Among many other achievement, she teachers piano and vocals, She sings, and appears many times, with the Cyprus Symphony Orchestra.

Gore Melian (voice) sings his own songs that have been exceptionally received by the Paphos audiences his digital single 'Suddenly' which he wrote, produced and performed, and also the 'Fear vs Love' which has received lots of media attention and also broadcast on Cypriot radio, and as one of the National Finalists to represent Cyprus in Eurovision with 'I Wanna Thank You'. fabulous. Definitely, a musician to watch.

Guest singer Edgar is 12years old with an amazing voice evidenced by winning the 2018 Galaxy of Talents in Limassol. He sings in English Italian, Greek and Armenian. Edgar attends the Narek Armenian School in Nicosia, and started music lessons 2 years ago.

Directions: On the main coast road between Pegeia and Agios Georgios. ANESI RESTAURANT, 118 Agiou Georgiou Avenue, Pegeia, Paphos. Tel: 99313050. Email: anesiincyprus@yahoo.com. Facebook: @anesirestaurant.

19th INTERNATIONAL PHAROS CHAMBER MUSIC FESTIVAL

Zoe Nicolaidou (soprano), Christel Lee (violin), David Abrahamyan, Lars Anders Tomter (viola), Alexander Chaushian (cello), Olga Zado (piano)

Saturday 1 June 8.30pm Royal Manor House Kouklia Paphos

Tickets: €15 / €10 (Concessions, Pharos Arts Foundation Members)

Information & Box Office: www.pharosartsfoundation.org. Tel: 22663871 (Mon - Fri 10am - 3pm). www.paphosmusiclovers.com.

Ticket Outlet: Kyriakou Fullpage Bookshop Paphos. Tel: 26822850

Programme:

WA Mozart (1756-1791): Piano Quartet No.1 in G minor, K.478 (1785). Christel Lee (violin), David Abrahamyan (viola), Alexander Chaushian (cello), Olga Zado (piano).

Dmitri Shostakovich (1906-1975): Five pieces for Violin, Viola & Piano (1955). Christel Lee (violin), David Abrahamyan (viola), Olga Zado (piano)

Sergei Rachmaninoff (1873-1943): Songs: Ne poi krasavitsa, Lilacs, Dream, Spring Waters. Zoe Nicolaidou (soprano), Olga Zado (piano).

Josef Suk (1874-1935): Piano Quartet in A minor, Op.1 (1891). Christel Lee (violin), Lars Anders Tomter (viola), Alexander Chaushian (cello), Olga Zado (piano).

Directions: The Manor House is located just outside Kouklia Village, some 24Km south east of Paphos. Head out of Paphos on the main Paphos – Limassol highway and turn off at the Kouklia exit onto the B6 and turn left for the village and immediately right. Park at the top of the hill on the left in front of an old church. Walk through the gate in the fence on the left and continue up hill to the Manor House. ROYAL MANOR HOUSE KOUKLIA. Tel: 26432155.

 

GARDEN OPENING - Fusionia Quartet Under The Stars

Marios Ioannou, Savvas Lagou (violin), Sorin Horlea (viola), Jakub Otčenášek (cello)

Sunday 2 June 8.30pm

Technopolis 20 Garden Paphos

Tickets: €10

Box Office: Tel: 70002420 (calls only).

Information: www.paphosmusiclovers.com

Programme:

F. Mendelssohn: String Quartet no 2 op. 13 b

The Cypriot Suite (premiere) arranged by the Fusionia Quartet

Technopolis 20 welcomes the summer and its outdoor music concert session with the newly founded ‘Fusionia Quartet’. The first event of Technopolis 20 in the garden will host four excellent musicians, all members of the Cyprus Symphony Orchestra, on their second appearance as Fusionia Quartet. Fusionia Quartet came together in order to try to synthesize over time, any worthy idea of fusion between the classical string quartet repertory and other styles in mixed programme concerts, using their original compositions and arrangements, creating a unique style that represents the musical spirit of the 21st Century. The quartet consists by the violinist and temporary member of the Cyprus Symphony Orchestra, Marios Ioannou, the member of the second violins of the CYSO Savvas Lagou, the member of the first violins of the CYSO Sorin Horlea on viola and the principal cellist of the CYSO Jakub Otčenášek.

A few words about the programme

F. Mendelssohn - Quartet no. 2, Op. 13, “Ist es wahr?” In the introduction to the first movement is a quote from Mendelssohn's song `Ist es wahr?`, the first line of which is ‘Is it true you are waiting for me in the arbor by the vine-clad wall?’ Some writers have suggested the piece derives from Mendelssohn's emotions concerning a youthful love affair. A much more powerful and significant presence in the quartet, however, is that of Beethoven. After the Adagio introduction, the Allegro Vivace bursts into a passionate sonata-form structure in which the material is treated in counterpoint. A dissonant transition leads to a secondary theme, group, made up of 3 themes. The development section is frantic, and after the recapitulation, there is more development in the coda. The pensive slow movement is marked Adagio non lento. The `Ist es wahr` figure from the first movement appears in the first section, as does a quote from the Cavatina of Beethoven's String Quartet, Op. 130. Its central, fugal segment is clearly a reference to the fugue in the middle of the slow movement of Beethoven's Quartet in F major, Op. 95. Not only are the subjects very similar, but the fugue in both cases begins in the viola and is answered by the second violin. As in the Beethoven, the fugal material alternates with the beginning of the movement, but in the Mendelssohn the two sections are less disparate and come together at the end. Of the four movements in the Op. 13 quartet, the third, an Intermezzo, is the least indebted to Beethoven. It has a more lyrical sound than many of Mendelssohn's scherzos, and the contrasting central section Allegro di Molto is filled with youthful liveliness. Mendelssohn's "recitative" introduction to the last movement is a blatant imitation of the same procedure in Beethoven's String Quartet in A major, Op. 132, where it gives way to the ensuing Presto. The development section contains reminiscences of the recitative introduction and the fugue of the second movement, which returns yet again in the coda. Mendelssohn brings the listener full circle by closing with a reprise of the Adagio introduction to the first movement, stretching the melody of `Ist es wahr`. Here, the first violin makes a continuous line from reminiscences of the introduction to the main theme of the finale, the second movement fugue and the main motive of the first movement, unifying the entire piece and making clear the relationships between the themes.

Cypriot Suite: In the idea of the quartet’s purpose - to find a fusion between all music styles and express it in a modern view - their first original work is, as it should be, a Cypriot Suite in their own arrangement, which is based on most known Cypriot folk themes and motives.

Marios Ioannou (violin) began violin lessons with Sorin Alexandru Horlea under the supervision of Professor Matheos Kariolou at age of 11 in 2006. In 2009 he studied at the Pancyprian Gymnasium and Music school of Nicosia which lasted for 3 years. He studied Music at the Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance under the supervision of the Professor Andrew Sherwood and Boris Brovtsyn and he had his MA at Royal Academy of Music under the Prof. Mateja Marinkovic, Jack Liebeck and Alexander Sitkovevsky. He is qualified violin teacher (LTCL) from Trinity Laban since May 2016. Marios is a temporary member in Cyprus Symphony Orchestra since 2012, a private violin teacher since 2013 and principal of 2nd violin in Cyprus Chamber Orchestra since 2016. He has played in different orchestras and he has participated in a number of masterclasses.

Savvas Lagou (violin) was born in Larnaca in 1991. He began violin lessons at the age of 7 at the annex of the Conservatoire of East Attica in Larnaca where he graduated in 2009. Immediately after, Savvas became the student of Sorin Alexandru Horlea who was his major influence as a musician and violinist. Prior to his studies, Savvas served in the army for two years as a member of the military band (S.M.E.F). In 2011 he studied for one year at City University of London under Magdalena Filipczak. While he was a student there he gained a place to transfer as a second year student at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance. Throughout his studies, Savvas received the "Ludwig Lebell Scholar" and “Marios Tokas” scholarships for a period of three years from the State Scholarship Foundation of Cyprus in 2009. (I.K.Y). At Trinity Laban he studied with Andrew Sherwood. He also had master classes with Philippe Honore, Rivka Golani, John Crawford, Pieter Schoeman, Zsolt-Tihamer Visontay and Remus Azoitei. In April 2014 Savvas performed as a soloist with Somerset Youth Symphony Orchestra followed by two performances with the Cyprus Symphony Orchestra in May 2014. After receiving his LTCL in Instrumental/Vocal Teaching, Savvas had been a dedicated teacher for a year starting September 2015, where he returned to Cyprus to prepare for his MA auditions with his mentor Sorin Alexandru Horlea. From 2016-2018 Savvas was an MA student in the prestigious Royal Academy of Music in London where he studied with Mateja Marinkovic and Jack Liebeck. He also had chamber music coaching with the Doric String Quartet and Levon Chilingirian. Savvas is a co-leader in the first violins of the newly formed Cyprus Chamber Orchestra. He led the orchestra in its first concert performing Bach's concerto for violin and oboe and on various other occasions. On the 30th of April 2017 he participated in the concert “UnitedByMusic Youth” which was a side by side concert with Berlin Philharmonic players in Paphos, Cyprus. Since August 2018 Savvas is a member of The Cyprus Symphony Orchestra in the 2nd violins. Savvas as a member of the Fusionia Duo, has also performed in the Hellenic Centre of London, Synodiko Ieras Mitropolis Kykkou and Wigmore Hall (Trinity Laban students’ concert). Finally, Savvas has been working as a professional violinist and singer since 2006 participating in festivals of classical and traditional Greek and Cypriot music in Cyprus, Greece, Belgium, Italy, Romania, Slovenia and London.

Sorin Alexandru Horlea (viola): He was born in Bucharest in 1975 and started the violin at the age of eight. He graduated from George Enescu Music High-School where he studied under maestro Octav Savitchi and Ciprian Porumbescu Music University where his Professor was maestro Daniel Podlovschi. He took part in summer-courses with Viktor Pikaizen and Eugen Sarbu. In 1997 he won the third prize at the George Enescu Childhood Memories contest in Bucharest. During his university studies he played in the Radio Chamber Orchestra, Philarmonia Chamber Orchestra and in Bucharest Opera, but mainly in George Enescu Philharmonic. In 2000 he moved to Lebanon to fulfil his position in Lebanese National Symphony Orchestra, where he became the assistant concert master. He moved to Cyprus in 2005 and since then is a member of the Cyprus Symphony Orchestra. He is also working as an associate teacher of the Cyprus Youth Orchestra. Alongside his output as an orchestral musician, he is an active performer as a soloist and in various chamber groups throughout Europe and Middle East, playing not only classical but also jazz and folk music. He was a member of Cyprus String Quartet, and the folk band Danube Quartet. He regularly performs contemporary music as he is a resident musician at the Avaton Festival in Limassol, a member of the Chronos Ensemble, and of the Ensemble Cyclamen. Sorin is playing on a modern violin by Stephan Sultanian. www.youtube.com/sorinestera

Jakub Otčenášek (cello): he was born into a family of no musical tradition. Out of curiosity at the age of 14 he started to play piano and one year later, at 15, he took first classes of playing the cello. At the age of 16 he became a member of "Europera Jugendorchester" where he was allowed to work with the conductor Miloš Krejčí. Only one year later he started his studies at the Prague Conservatory in the class of Renata Strašrybková. At that time he won several prizes at national competitions and took part at international competitions as well. In years 2010-2012 he was principal cellist of Prague Conservatory Orchestra (2011 this orchestra played the opening concert of international music festival ‘’Prague Spring’ with Jiří Bělohlávek as a conductor). 2012 he graduated with Schumann Cello Concerto accompanied by the abovementioned orchestra. Since the academic year 2012/13 he is studying at the ‘Konservatorium Wien Privatuniversität’ with Prof. Lilia Schulz-Bayrova. Within the last accomplishments he is allowed to count a special price of ‘Enami-Stiftung’ at the chamber music competition ‘Fidelio-Wettbewerb 2014’ in Wien. Since November 2016 he is the principal cellist of Cyprus Symphony Orchestra. Jakub Otčenášek took part at masterclasses with well-known artists such as Michaela Fukačová, Michal Kaňka, Bruno Weinmeister and Natalia Gutman. He has given concerts through Europe (France, Germany, Italy, Switzerland, Poland, Czech Republic, Austria) and has made several recordings for the Czech Radio (works for cello and piano by Czech composer Jarmila Mazourová with her playing the piano part) and Czech National Television (works for cello and piano by Antonín Dvořák).

Directions: Head into town from the Debenhams roundabout and turn right just before the Makarios statue, over the crossroads then right again just past the big white court building, and the venue will be found 200M on the right with parking on the left. TECHNOPOLIS 20 Cultural Centre, 18 Nikilaou Nikolaidi Avenue, 8010 Paphos. Tel: 70002420. www.technopolis20.com. Facebook: @technopolis20

 

19th INTERNATIONAL PHAROS CHAMBER MUSIC FESTIVAL

Anna Tifu, Christel Lee, Doriane Gable (violin), Lars Anders Tomter, David Abrahamyan (viola), Alexander Chaushian (cello), Ashley Wass (piano)

Sunday 2 June 8.30pm

Royal Manor House Kouklia Paphos

Tickets: €15 / €10 (Concessions, Pharos Arts Foundation Members)

Information & Box Office: www.pharosartsfoundation.org. Tel: 22663871 (Mon - Fri 10am - 3pm). www.paphosmusiclovers.com.

Ticket Outlet: Kyriakou Fullpage Bookshop Paphos. Tel: 26822850

Programme:

Sergei Prokofiev (1891-1953): Sonata for Violin & Piano No.2 in D major, Op.94 (1943). Anna Tifu (violin), Ashley Wass (piano).

Johannes Brahms (1833-1897): Trio for Clarinet, Cello & Piano in A minor, Op.114 (1891) arranged for Viola, Cello & Piano. Lars Anders Tomter (viola), Alexander Chaushian (cello), Ashley Wass (piano)

César Franck (1822-1890): Piano Quintet in F minor (1879). Christel Lee (violin), Doriane Gable (violin), David Abrahamyan (viola), Alexander Chaushian (cello), Ashley Wass (piano).

Directions: The Manor House is located just outside Kouklia Village, some 24Km south east of Paphos. Head out of Paphos on the main Paphos – Limassol highway and turn off at the Kouklia exit onto the B6 and turn left for the village and immediately right. Park at the top of the hill on the left in front of an old church. Walk through the gate in the fence on the left and continue up hill to the Manor House. ROYAL MANOR HOUSE KOUKLIA. Tel: 26432155.

 

19th INTERNATIONAL PHAROS CHAMBER MUSIC FESTIVAL

Zoe Nicolaidou (soprano), Christel Lee, Anna Tifu (violin), Alexander Chaushian (cello), Sergei Babayan, Olga Zado, Ashley Wass (piano)

Monday 3 June 8.30pm

Royal Manor House Kouklia Paphos

Tickets: €15 / €10 (Concessions, Pharos Arts Foundation Members)

Information & Box Office: www.pharosartsfoundation.org. Tel: 22663871 (Mon - Fri 10am - 3pm). www.paphosmusiclovers.com.

Ticket Outlet: Kyriakou Fullpage Bookshop Paphos. Tel: 26822850

Programme:

Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827): Piano Trio in B-flat major, Op.11 (1797) Christel Lee (violin), Alexander Chaushian (cello), Sergei Babayan (piano).

Manuel de Falla (1876-1946): From Siete Canciones Populares Españolas: El paño Moreno, Seguidilla Murciana, Jota, Asturiana. Zoe Nicolaidou (soprano), Olga Zado (piano).

Carlos Guastavino (1912-2000): La rosa y el sauce. Zoe Nicolaidou (soprano), Olga Zado (piano).

Sergei Rachmaninoff (1873-1943): Piano Trio élégiaque No.1 in G minor (1892). Anna Tifu (violin), Alexander Chaushian (cello), Olga Zado (piano).

Sergei Rachmaninoff (1873-1943): Piano Trio élégiaque No.2 in D minor, Op.9 (1893). Anna Tifu (violin), Alexander Chaushian (cello), Ashley Wass (piano).

Directions: The Manor House is located just outside Kouklia Village, some 24Km south east of Paphos. Head out of Paphos on the main Paphos – Limassol highway and turn off at the Kouklia exit onto the B6 and turn left for the village and immediately right. Park at the top of the hill on the left in front of an old church. Walk through the gate in the fence on the left and continue up hill to the Manor House. ROYAL MANOR HOUSE KOUKLIA. Tel: 26432155.

 

19th INTERNATIONAL PHAROS CHAMBER MUSIC FESTIVAL

Sergei Babayan (piano), Christel Lee, Doriane Gable (violin), Lars Anders Tomter (viola), Alexander Chaushian (cello)

Tuesday 4 June 8.30pm

Royal Manor House Kouklia Paphos

Tickets: €15 / €10 (Concessions, Pharos Arts Foundation Members)

Information & Box Office: www.pharosartsfoundation.org. Tel: 22663871 (Mon - Fri 10am - 3pm). www.paphosmusiclovers.com.

Ticket Outlet: Kyriakou Fullpage Bookshop Paphos. Tel: 26822850

Programme:

Frédéric Chopin (1810-1849): Selections of pieces for solo Piano. Sergei Babayan (piano).

Antonín Dvořák (1841-1904): Piano Quintet No. 2 in A major, Op. 81 (1887). Christel Lee (violin), Doriane Gable (violin), Lars Anders Tomter (viola), Alexander Chaushian (cello), Sergei Babayan (piano).

Directions: The Manor House is located just outside Kouklia Village, some 24Km south east of Paphos. Head out of Paphos on the main Paphos – Limassol highway and turn off at the Kouklia exit onto the B6 and turn left for the village and immediately right. Park at the top of the hill on the left in front of an old church. Walk through the gate in the fence on the left and continue up hill to the Manor House. ROYAL MANOR HOUSE KOUKLIA. Tel: 26432155.

 

TINA CHESTER sings POPULAR CLASSICAL TO CLASSICAL POP

Saturday 8 June 7.30pm

The Phoenix Social Club Paphos

Tickets: members €10, non-members €12 including food, or €5 / €7 without food

Box Office: Tel: 96219797

Information: www.paphosmusiclovers.com

Doors 7pm, Food 7.30 pm, Entertainment 8.15 pm

Tina Chester (soprano) studied music in college, attended and took part in vocal Masterclasses and privately tutored to Diploma level. Although she had sung and performed on stage for much of her life, it was in her mid 30s (when asked by her new singing teacher to imagine performing at La Scala, Milan) that Tina’s classical voice was discovered. She describes her whole life as being one big mix of music and dance; everything from singing in a pop band, folk music nights, serious mixed choirs, ladies choruses, pantomime, plays and many solo successes at music festivals. Tina has enjoyed leading roles in Amateur Operatics and Musical Theatre; has sung at weddings, funerals and corporate functions in the UK and Cyprus; performed many Classical arias with orchestras and small ensembles, solos and duets from many choral works and taught voice in her studio and at stage schools. As well as classical concerts Tina has developed an eclectic mix of music from different genres including what is termed Classical Cross-Over e.g.music made famous Katherine Jenkins, Sarah Brightman, Josh Groban, Andrea Bocelli & Jackie Evancho. 

Directions: From the roundabout at Kings Mall take the east exit, opposite Tombs of the Kings road. At the traffic lights by the big church, turn right. At the T junction turn right. The venue will be found one block along on the right, on the corner - THE PHOENIX SOCIAL CLUB, 5 Ikarou Street, Kato Paphos. Tel: 26272524. Email: info@phoenixclubpaphos.com. www.phoenixclubpaphos.com. Facebook: @ThePhoenixSocialClubPafos

 

VIOLIN & PIANO RECITAL

Ernst Triner (violin), Fritz Walther (piano)

Thursday 13 June 8pm

La Scala de Paphos at the Paphos Academy of Fine Arts

Tickets: €10

Box Office: Tel: 99632346

Information: www.paphosmusiclovers.com. Media Sponsor: Paphos Music Lovers

Works by: Bach, Beethoven, Grieg, Piazzolla, The Beatles.

Directions: Head into town from the Debenhams roundabout and turn right at the two Dima lighting shops, then left at the kiosk just past Dominos 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: 99632346. Email: babaji@cytanet.com.cy

 

GERMAN ROMANTICISM

Cyprus Symphony Orchestra

Soloist: Nils Mönkemeyer (viola) Conductor: Jens Georg Bachmann

Friday 14 June 8.30pm

Markideion Municipal Theatre Paphos

Tickets: €12, €7 (18-26 yrs, pensioners), €5 (under 18)

Box Office: www.cyso.org.cy and at the theatre two hours before the concert

Information: Tel: 22463144, www.cyso.org.cy, www.paphosmusiclovers.com

Programme:

F. Mendelssohn: Overture in C major, op.101 (Trumpet)

H. Krausser: Concerto for viola and orchestra (World premiere)

R. Schumann: Symphony no. 2 in C major, op. 61

Schumann considered Mendelssohn the Mozart of the nineteenth century, the most brilliant musician, the one who most clearly sees through the contradictions of the age and for the first time reconciles them. Schumann, the epitome of musical Romanticism, praises the most ‘Classical’ of the German Romantic masters! But this aesthetic polyphony is precisely what characterizes German Romanticism. Our program is an invitation to come and experience this wonderful stylistic opulence. Mendelssohn and Schumann, the child prodigy and the inflamed Romantic idealist meet Helmut Krausser, their 21st-century successor whose idiom is dipped into the expressive features of the Romantic ideal. Short interview with Nils Mönkemeyer. Helmut Kraussen’s Viola Concerto will be performed by Nils, one of the most sought-after viola soloists of our time in his first collaboration with the Cyprus Symphony Orhestra. Mönkemeyer is a world-class recording artist whose numerous CDs have won critical acclaim and prestigious awards, including an "ECHO Klassik" as the best newcomer (2009) and for the best concert recording (2010).

Mr. Mönkemeyer spoke us about his collaboration with composer Helmut Krausser and his Viola concerto as well as about the challenges and joys of interpreting contemporary music. I am curious and excited about premiering the Viola Concerto by Helmut Krausser with the Cyprus Symphony Orchestra. First of all, there is a moment of magic to every first performance, the manifestation of all the work is only complete by being shared with the audience. Helmut Krausser as one of the leading artists of our time is without any doubt one of the most interesting personalities I could imagine working with. I think of him as a sort of contemporary “universal genius”, an all-rounder who is a writer, a composer, an explorer and editor of Ostracized Composers of the NS Régime. While his whole approach to Art in general is of a provocative appeal and rigour, his music finds its foundation in the late romantic opulence of sound and tonality – an array of contradictions that I think are deeply fascinating. Nowadays we don’t have a unified composing style in music. Every composer has the freedom to develop a personal and specific language. That is the challenge and the joy for both the audience and the performers: we need to enter an unknown universe although we may not know or understand its language right away, we enter an unknown, yet exciting territory. So, every premiere performance is like giving birth to a new universe. Luckily, performing contemporary music has one of the biggest perks to it: we can ask the composer about his opinion. Helmut Kraussen talks about his Viola Concerto. My Viola Concerto is an expressive work of passion, written in a state of amorous rapture. It’s something like a mating dance of the instrument performed in front of an imaginary woman. It could be subtitled "Whooing". I tried to translate the broad register of the lover's feelings into sound and tunes. From whimpering and pleading, from cheering and posing up to urging and ranting, swearing and triumphant exaltation. …The original version, with trombones and contrabassoon, was a bit more hard-boiled. For the CySO I wrote a tender, more intimate version, which I now prefer to its predecessor on the grounds of its transparency and gracefulness.

Jens Georg Bachmann’s note - Felix Mendelssohn and Robert Schumann are two of the most prominent representatives of German romanticism, whilst contemporary composer and well-known author of novels Helmut Kraussen, very much stems from the same tradition and lineage as Mendelssonh and Schumann. Mendelssohn’s “Trumpet” Overture is a festive and enthralling piece, whilst Robert Schumann’s 2nd Symphony is full of vigour, vitality, rhythmical drive and enchanting melodies. These two pieces are paired with the world premiere of Helmut Kraussen’s Concerto for Viola. The viola, with its distinctive dreamful and melancholic sound-colour is rarely heard as a solo instrument. Robert Schumann’s state of unease and neurasthenia is reflected in his Second Symphony, in which the composer explores states of exhaustion, obsession and depression, culminating in Beethovenian spiritual triumph.

Directions: The theatre is next to the Karavella bus station in the upper town, just off the Polis Road behind the petrol station. MARKIDION MUNICIPAL THEATRE OF PAPHOS, 27 Andrea Geroudi Street, Paphos. Tel: 26932571.

 

HARMONY CHOIR - LET'S GO TO THE MOVIES

Friday 14 June 7pm

Kamares Club Tala Paphos

Tickets: €20

Box Office: Maggie Wright - Tel: 99318477

Bar Opens: 6pm

Harmony choir will sing a selection of songs from the movies, followed by a buffet dinner.

Directions: Just after the Casa Luna restaurant (on the right) turn left following the Kamares Village signs, passing Marios in Tala Square; head down past Vrasidas Taverna keeping on the road; ignore the first Kamares Village sign which goes up a very steep hill; go around a bend and turn right up a hill and turn right at villa GLENIAN to a junction - turn left and then right up to the Leptos office and turn left to the Club.

 

THE BAND OF THE CORPS OF ROYAL ELECTRICAL AND MECHANICAL ENGINEERS

Wednesday 26 June 6.30pm

Pissouri Amphitheatre

Tickets: adults €15, under 15s €5, infants free

Box Office: Email: abftickets@gmail.com. Tel: 99934668

Information: www.paphosmusiclovers.com

A charity band concert featuring The Band Of The Corps Of Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers in aid of ABF, The Soldiers Charity. Cushions essential. Cool boxes welcome.

Directions: Pissouri amphitheatre is at the top of Pissouri upper village. Follow signs to ‘Teatro’.

 

SUMMER MELODIES FLUTE, SOPRANO, CELLO & PIANO CONCERT

Zara Jealous (flute), Tina Chester (soprano), Ivelina Rousseva (piano), Gurhan Nuray (cello)

Friday 28 June 8pm

La Scala De Paphos at The Paphos Academy of Fine Arts Paphos

Tickets: €12

Box Office: Tel: 99248182

Information: www.paphosmusiclovers.com. Part of Summer Sounds organised by Paphos Music Lovers.

Programme includes:

Guiseppe Verdi (1813-1901) Addio Del Passato

Richard Strauss (1864-1949) Zueignung

Johann Strauss II (1825-1899) The Laughing Song

Leo Delibes (1815-1910) Le Rossignol and The Flower Duet

Camille Saint-Saens (1835-1921) Flute Invisible and The Swan

Phillipe Gaubert (1879-1941) Piece de Romantique

Martin Yates (1958-) Café Music

Jean Michel Damase (1928-2013) Sonate en Concert

Christopher Caliendo (1971-) Caliente!

Claude Debussy (1862-1918) Arabesque N1

Tina Chester (soprano) studied music in college, attended and took part in vocal Masterclasses and privately tutored to Diploma level. Although she had sung and performed on stage for much of her life, it was in her mid 30s (when asked by her new singing teacher to imagine performing at La Scala, Milan) that Tina’s classical voice was discovered. She describes her whole life as being one big mix of music and dance; everything from singing in a pop band, folk music nights, serious mixed choirs, ladies choruses, pantomime, plays and many solo successes at music festivals. Tina has enjoyed leading roles in Amateur Operatics and Musical Theatre; has sung at weddings, funerals and corporate functions in the UK and Cyprus; performed many Classical arias with orchestras and small ensembles, solos and duets from many choral works and taught voice in her studio and at stage schools. Tina can often be heard in various concerts and shows in Cyprus where, in 2015 she performed a classical concert with Natalia Lezedova and Doros Zesimos at Technopolis 20, 2016 was a soloist in Evagora of Cyprus a huge production written by Polis Charalambous and performed at Tala Amphitheatre, a Classical concert in October 2017 with Natalia Lezedova (piano) and Klaus Storm (oboe), and again in April 2019, and a Christmas Concert with Ivelina Rousseva for the last two years.

Ivelina Rousseva (piano) was born in Ruse, Bulgaria. At the age of seven she began piano lessons and at ten she was accepted in the music school "Veselin Stogianov" - Ruse. During her studies she participated in many concerts and competitions for solo piano. In 1992, she graduated with honours and was accepted at the National Music Academy "Pancho Vladigerov" in Sofia, Bulgaria, from which she graduated with honours again. Since 1999 she has been living in Paphos, where she teaches piano with very good results and also takes part in various cultural events and concerts for solo piano and chamber music. Her experience in piano education spans more than 20 years.

Zara Jealous (flute) completed her Masters degree at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, graduating with Distinction and the MMus Prize for highest achievement at Masters level. Studying with Anna Noakes, Margaret Campbell and Alan Baker, she was runner-up in the conservatoire’s prestigious Soloist’s Competition performing the Reinecke Concerto, and was a finalist in the Harold Clarke Woodwind Competition. She is a past winner of the Stratford East London Music Festival Concerto Competition, performing the Ibert Concerto. A versatile orchestral musician, Zara performs regularly with the East Anglia Chamber Orchestra, and the Academy of St Mary-le-Bow in London. She has performed in a number of operatic works including the world premiere of Stephen McNeff’s opera Banished directed by Jessica Cottis. Other contemporary projects have included performing with Parallax Orchestra in their collaboration with band Bring Me The Horizon at the Royal Albert Hall, works by Steve Reich under the direction of Colin Currie at the Southbank Centre, and for Trinity Laban projects at the Institute of Contemporary Arts. Zara is also a keen chamber musician; she has most recently performed as a duo with harpist Bethan Griffiths, and with her flute quartet, Incanto.

Gurhan Nuray (cello) Born in 1985 Gürhan Nuray completed his primary and secondary education in Nicosia, Cyprus. After completion of the secondary education, he attended to Hacettepe University Ankara Conservatory for high school and then entered into the violoncello class at the Hacettepe State Conservatory for undergraduate studies. Nuray graduated from the conservatory in four years during which he participated in several concerts as a soloist and also participated in several orchestra and chamber music concerts. In 2005 he received a scholarship from Apple Hill organization and went to the USA for some projects. In 2006 Nuray attended a cello master class in Switzerland where he had the chance to work with Prof. Xenia Jankovich and Prof. Cristoph Richter. Between 2005 and 2007 he performed in Bellapais International Music Festival as a soloist. Since 2009 he has been performing with the Cyprus Symphony Orchestra as an extra player and he has been the cello section leader at the Nicosia Turkish Municipality Orchestra since 2007. In addition to this, he had been the cello section leader at the TRNC Presidential Symphony Orchestra between 2015 and 2018. Nuray has been giving cello lessons at Near East University, Music Education Department for six years. As a member of Cyprus Chamber Orchestra, a bicommunal orchestra in Cyprus, he also plays for PapaGeorgio String Quartet, another bicommunal music group formed in 2012. As a group, they have an album called “A Tribute to Classic Rock” and won Stelios Award.

Directions: Head into town from the Debenhams roundabout and turn right at the two Dima lighting shops, then left at the kiosk just past Dominos 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: 99632346. Email: babaji@cytanet.com.cy

 

PAPAGEORGIO STRING QUARTET - MUSIC FROM THE MOVIES

Saturday 29 June 7pm

Palia iLektriki Restaurant Paphos

Tickets: €22 including international buffet at 7pm and concert at 8.30pm, plus DJ Moses. Raffle in aid of the Cancer Patients Support Group.

Box Office: Tel: 99136289

Ticket Outlets: Carmine’s Pegeia, Computer SOS Chlorakas

Information: www.paphosmusiclovers.com. Part of summer Sounds organised by Paphos Music Lovers.

PSQ is: Constantin Papageorgio, Iraklis Mitelas (violin), Nicolas Papageorgio (viola), Gurhan Nuray (cello).

Works include: film music soundtracks and themes from: Amelie, Braveheart, Star wars, Pulp Fiction, ET, Indiana Jones, Pirates of Caribbean, Scent of a Woman, Zorba, Cinema Paradiso, Godfather, Game of Thrones and more.

As probably the only ensemble of its kind in Cyprus, the Papageorgio String Quartet, with both Greek and Turkish Cypriot musicians, tries to connect audiences by using diversity of interpretation for various musical style and genres from different music backgrounds. Founded in 2011 by Constantin Papageorgio the PSQ has earned itself an excellent reputation for its classical arrangements of rock, pop and film music. Winners of Sir Stelios Haji-Ioannou award 2017, the members of the Quartet were trained and have cultivated independent careers in the classical and modern music spheres.

Directions: the venue will be found at the rear of Attikon Hall on Kennedy Square in the centre of the upper town.