Concerts 2022.

Monday, 25.07.2022

19:00 o’clock, Municipal Conservatory of Kalamata (Concert Hall) – FREE ENTRANCE
Contemporary music lecture and concert with composter Fani Kosona
Extended techniques on the violin & world premiere of the lecturer’s composition “Narratives” for violin solo


Fani Kosona (born 1969): “Narratives” for violin solo (2020)

Narrative I: “…as he was running on the water”
Narrative II: “…his head in a stormy cloud…”
Narrative III: “…and into the water he left…”

Argyro Seira, violin 


This piece is composed in 3 movements, to be always performed together and never separately. It is an homage to composer Theodore Antoniou and is based on two elements which he used to favour: the narrative element and the “heterophonic” texture (as opposed to monophony and polyphony) – which in his view consisted of an orchestrational treatment of a melodic line by “sculpting” it in terms of density, timbre and volume. Heterophony is applied here as a constant lively exploration of timbre potentialities, through a 3D concept. The 3 movements aim to narrate a few abstract and poetically timeless impressions of his life and personality.


Fani Kosona (born 1969, Athens, Greece), composer, pianist, professor of music and mathematician, holds a degree in Mathematics from the University of Athens, studied piano in the National Conservatory of Athens, in the Ecole Normale de Musique de Paris, then in the Conservatoire National de Région de Rueil-Malmaison with Bernard Ringeissen. She holds diplomas in counterpoint and fugue from the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris (classes with J.-P. Holstein and M. Merlet) and in orchestration from the Scola Cantorum in Paris (classes with P. Sciortino). Studied composition with Theodore Antoniou. Ph.D. in music composition using mathematical models from topology and catastrophe theory (Ionian University of Greece). Her recent work is focused on mathematical modeling in music composition, introducing the concept of “topological design” as a generalization of the micro-structural concepts of the past, resulting to a broader concept of the musical form and structure; also proposing, through catastrophe theory models, a dynamical generalization of deconstructive attitudes in the micro and macro-structural level.

Her music has been awarded in composition competitions and workshops and performed by major Greek orchestras such as The Orchestra of Colours, the Athens Camerata e.t.c., as also by distinguished musicians in Greece and abroad, participating in international festivals of contemporary music. Her works are increasingly appearing in discography; the piece “Diathlassis”appears in the series Greek Classics in Katrin Zenz’s cd “Flute Recital” by Naxos (cd entitled “Flute Recital” by Katrin Zenz). Webpage



Argyro Seira graduated from the Hellenic Conservatory (violin class of Stelios Kafantaris) awarded with first prize and special distinction. She continued her studies in France, receiving scholarships from State Scholarships Foundation (IKY), the Onassis Foundation and the French Government. She studied under Maryvone Le Dizes (Paris) and Roland Daugareil (Bordeaux), where she graduated with highest honours and prizes, and meanwhile worked as an assistant professor at the Conservatoire de Boulogne. She worked in the national symphonic orchestras of Metz, Nancy, Bayonne, the Bordeaux Symphony and Opera and at the Athens Camerata (Friends of Music Orchestra) as first violinist until 2000. Since 2001, she has been leading first and second violins at the Greek National Opera. She was also a member of the World Youth Orchestra, and she recorded for the French, Belgian, Dutch and Greek Radio. Argyro Seira was a founding member of the Skalkottas Modern Music Ensemble and has collaborated as a soloist with the Bordeaux Youth Orchestra, the Greek Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Athens Camerata and Thessaloniki State Symphony Orchestra. Apart from her career as a musician she also graduated from the Faculty of Philosophy of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens.

Since 2002, Argyro Seira is a Principal Second violin of the Greek National Opera.


Monday, 25.07.2022

21:00 o’clock, Collection Greek Costumes “Victoria Karelia” (Museum’s Garden) – FREE ENTRANCE
Final piano masterclass concert
The participants are presenting their work


The programme will be announced during the last days of the piano masterclass.

Tuesday, 26.07.2022

20:30 o’clock, Ancient Theatre of Messene – FREE ENTRANCE
Boccherini Trio
Compositions for violin, viola and violoncello by Beethoven, Kodály and Cras

© Frank Jerke


Ludwig van Beethoven (1770 – 1827): String Trio in E-flat major, Op.3 (1792–96)

I. Allegro con brio
II. Andante
III. Minuet. Allegretto – Trio
IV. Adagio
V. Minuet. Moderato – Trio
VI. Finale. Allegro 




Zoltán Kodály (1882 –1967): Intermezzo for String Trio (1905)


Jean Cras (1879 – 1932): String Trio (1926)

II. Lento
III. Animé
IV. Très Animé


Boccherini Trio

Suyeon Kang, violin
Vicki Powell, viola
Paolo Bonomini, violoncello


The Trio Boccherini was formed in 2014 as a result of various evening sight-reading sessions that are frequent in the Berlin music scene. Today they are recognised as one of the most dynamic groups in this combination.

The Trio is dedicated to rediscovering and performing the veritable treasure trove of over five hundred works written for string trio which, though boasting some of the greatest masterpieces, contains many works that are unfortunately neglected and unknown to the public. In doing so, they endeavour to continually develop honest, original, and unified interpretations across all musical genres.

Hailing from three different continents, each member contributes various aspects of their
diverse musical upbringings. This colourful array of musical vocabulary and expression, in combination with their shared European training, culminates in their unique and passionate interpretations:

‘And right from the first sounds of the G-major trio, the musicians’ unconditional will catches your ears, both to show their own individuality and at the same time their ability to listen to one another… The trio obviously has the necessary curiosity to question the relevance of the classical repertoire, to go against the grain, so to speak. This becomes ear-catching, for example in the rather daring tempos of the fast movements and in the desire to savor Beethoven’s formal and harmonic escapades. And in the slow movements, the great care in their phrasing and sound.’ (Das Orchester, 2020. about the Trio’s Debut Album: Beethoven String Trios op.9)

The Trio received important musical guidance from Rainer Schmidt, Hatto Beyerle, Günter Pichler, and Johannes Meissl, and they are alumni of the European Chamber Music Academy (ECMA, Austria).

Their international concert activity includes appearances at Wigmore Hall, the Konzerthaus Berlin, Bacharchiv Leipzig, La Fenice, Gothenburg International Music Festival, MITO Settembre Musica Festival, Ghent Festival of Flanders, and Canberra International Music Festival.

As individuals they are highly in demand as soloists, orchestral leaders, and pedagogues.


A co-production with the Ephorate of Antiquities of Messenia


Wednesday, 27.07.2022

21:00 o’clock, Kalamata Dance Megaron (Main Stage) – FREE ENTRANCE
Azahar Ensemble
Compositions for wind quintet by Reicha, Hindemith and Nielsen


Anton Reicha (1770 – 1836): Wind Quintet in E minor, Op.88 No.1 (1818)

I. Allegro non troppo
II. Andante poco Alegretto
III. Menuetto. Allegro vivo
IV. Finale. Allegro


Paul Hindemith (1895 – 1963): Kleine Kammermusik, Op.24 No.2 (1922)

I. Lustig. Mäßig schnell Viertel
II. Walzer. Durchweg sehr leise
III. Ruhig und einfach
IV. Schnelle Viertel
V. Sehr lebhaft




Anton Reicha (1770 – 1836): Andante for English Horn and wind quartet in F major (1817–19)


Carl Nielsen (1865 – 1931): Wind Quintet, Op.43 (1922)

I. Allegro ben moderato
II. Menuet
III. Prelude. Adagio – Theme and variations. Un poco andantino


Azahar Ensemble
André Cebrián Garea, flute
María Alba Carmona Tobella, oboe
Antonio Lagares Abeal, horn
María José García Zamora, bassoon
Miquel Ramos Salvadó, clarinet 


After winning 2nd prize and the Audience Award of the 63rd ARD International Music Competition in Munich (1st prize was declared void), Azahar Ensemble started an international career that has taken them to perform in many prestigious concert halls, such as Musikverein in Vienna, Philharmonie in Berlin, Prinzregententeather in Munich, Philharmonaie in Essen, Mozarteum in Salzburg, and festivals like Mozartfest in Würzburg, International Festival in Santander and Festpielhaus in Baden-Baden, among others.

Founded in 2010, Azahar Ensemble studied with the bassoon player Sergio Azzolini in Hochschule für Musik in Basilea (Switzerland) thanks to a scholarship granted by BBVA Foundation and the Spanish National Youth Orchestra, of which they were members at the time. In 2011, the ensemble received an award in the ORPHEUS Swiss Chamber Music Competition and a year later they won 2nd prize in the El Primer Palau music competition (Barcelona).

As part of their international career, Azahar Ensemble was invited by Ensemble Pentaedre to visit Montréal (Canada) in 2016 to take part in the Les Journées des Vents music festival. In 2018, the ensemble returned to Canada, this time to the city of Calgary, as the resident quintet of the International Honens Piano Competition. Azahar Ensemble has recorded for Bayerischer Rundfunk, SWR, Deutschland Radio Kultur, Radio Clásica España, SRF2, France Musique and Catalunya música.

Named after the white, aromatic orange blossoms that are typical of southern Spain, Azahar Ensemble delights audiences with “great imagination and technical precision” (Süddeutsche Zeitung) that makes the quintet’s performances “bloom in sensual abundance” (Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung).

Thursday, 28.07.2022

21:00 o’clock, Kalamata Dance Megaron (Main Stage)
Kalamata Festival Orchestra & Joshua Weilerstein Vol.2
With compositions by Debussy and Mahler

© Sim Canetty-Clark


Claude Debussy (1862 – 1918): Prélude à l’après-midi d’un faune (1891-94)
Conducted by a participant of the conducting masterclass


Gustav Mahler (1860 – 1911): Symphony No.4 (1899-1901/1902–1910) – Arranged for chamber orchestra

I. Bedächtig, nicht eilen
II. In gemächlicher Bewegung, ohne Hast
III. Ruhevoll, poco adagio
IV. Wir geniessen die Himmlischen Freuden. Sehr behaglich


Elisabeth Freyhoff, soprano
Joshua Weilerstein, conductor


The Kalamata Festival Orchestra:
André Cebrián Garea, flute
María Alba Carmona Tobella, oboe
Miquel Ramos Salvadó, clarinet
María José García Zamora, bassoon
Antonio Lagares Abeal, horn
Theo Vazakas, percussion
Costas Seremetis, percussion
Lidia Nochovska, piano
Yannis Shymko, harmonium
Pablo Hernán Benedí, violin
Verena Chen, violin
Ilias Sdoukos, viola
Indira Rahmatulla, violoncello
Rodrigo Moro, double bass


The Soprano Elisabeth Freyhoff was born in Tbilisi, the capital of Georgia. While still a child, her family moved to Kehl, a small town bordering the French city of Strasbourg, where she enjoyed a Franco-German education. During her last two school years, Freyhoff first started her singing studies at the Freiburg Musikhochschule in the so-called “Freiburg Academy for Young Musicians” with Prof. Angela Nick. 

After graduating in 2017, she began her bachelor’s degree with KS Prof. Christiane Iven at HMT Munich and extended her studies with a master’s in concert singing with Prof. Iven as well as with Sabine Lahm. Freyhoff has already appeared in two summer productions of the Kammeroper München: 2019 in the role of “Stars Otis” in the pastiche opera “The Canterville Ghost” and in 2020 in the leading role of “Caroline” in D. Cimarosa’s “The Secret Marriage” (“Il matrimonio segreto”). 

In the same year, she made her debut performance in the role of “Serpetta” in Mozart’s “La finta giardiniera” and in the following year appeared on stage as “Pamina” in “Die Zauberflöte”, both taking place in the Reaktorhalle in Munich. 

Her Lied and concert activities have led Freyhoff to work with renowned orchestras, such as the Bremen Philharmonic and the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen under the musical direction of Joshua Weilerstein. She has performed in acclaimed venues including the Bremen concert hall “Die Glocke” in 2017, the Weimar festival “MelosLogos” and the “Château de Pourtalès” in Strasbourg in 2019, as well as the Mozart residence in Salzburg and the Philharmonie im Gast eig in Munich in 2021.


Freyhoff hasparticipated in Masterclasses with renowned singers such as Julian Prégardien, Okka von der Damerau, Daniel Behle and Ian Bostridge and has been a scholarship holder of the “Studienstiftung des Deutschen Volkes” since 2020.

Friday, 29.07.2022

18:30 o’clock, Municipal Conservatory of Kalamata (Concert Hall) – FREE ENTRANCE
Final conducting masterclass concert
The participants are presenting their work


The programme will be announced during the last days of the masterclasses.

Friday, 29.07.2022

21:00 o’clock, Kalamata Dance Megaron (Main Stage)
The Underground Youth Orchestra & Christoph Eschenbach
The great conductor for the first time in Kalamata

© Manu Theobald


Ludwig van Beethoven (1770 – 1827): 

Triple Concerto, Op.56 (1804)

I. Allegro
II. Largo
III. Rondo alla Polacca 


Katerina Chatzinikolau, violin


Johannes Przygodda, violoncello


Triantafyllos Liotis, piano


Symphony No.5, Op.67 (1807–1808)

I. Allegro con brio
II. Andante con moto
III. Scherzo. Allegro – Trio
IV. Allegro (C major)


Christoph Eschenbach, conductor


Christoph Eschenbach is a phenomenon amongst the top league of international conductors. Universally acclaimed as both a conductor and pianist, he belongs firmly to the German intellectual line of tradition, yet he combines this with a rare emotional intensity, producing performances revered by concert-goers worldwide. Renowned for the breadth of his repertoire and the depth of his interpretations, he has held directorships with many leading orchestras and gained the highest musical honours. 

In exploring the conditions that led to the emergence of such a charismatic talent, we can look to his early years – born at the heart of a tempestuous, war-torn Europe in 1940, his early childhood was scarred by a succession of personal tragedies. It can truly be said that music was his saviour, and his life began to change when he learned the piano. Now, at the age of 80, his keen artistic curiosity is undiminished, and he still thoroughly enjoys working with the finest international orchestras. He is also well-known as a tireless supporter of young talent – this is his greatest passion, and he values his contribution to mentoring up-and-coming talent over and above his own distinguished career. Moved by the energy and the drive of young people – „Those one hundred percent artists“, as he calls them – he has a personal mission to pass the torch to the next generation. His discoveries to date include the pianist Lang Lang, the violinist Julia Fischer and the cellists Leonard Elschenbroich and Daniel Müller-Schott. As Artistic Advisor and lecturer at the famous Kronberg Academy, he accompanies young violinists, cellists and violists on their way to become world class soloists. Christoph Eschenbach continues to explore new horizons and since September 2019 he is Musical Director of the Konzerthausorchester Berlin.


Under the auspices of the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany in Athens


Saturday, 30.07.2022

21:00 o’clock, Municipal Conservatory of Kalamata (Concert Hall) – FREE ENTRANCE
Final viola and cello masterclasses’ concert
The participants are presenting their work


The programme will be announced during the last days of the masterclasses.

Sunday, 31.07.2022

21:00 o’clock, Kalamata Dance Megaron (Main Stage)
Piano solo recital – Vassilis Varvaresos
With compositions by Bach, Chopin and Rachmaninoff


Johann Sebastian Bach (1685 – 1759): Partita in E minor, BWV 830 (1730)

I. Toccata
II. Allemande
III. Corrente
IV. Air
V. Sarabande
VI. Tempo di Gavotta
VII. Gigue


Frédéric Chopin (1810 — 1849): Scherzo No. 3 in C-sharp minor, Op.39 (1839)


Olivier Messiaen (1908 — 1992): Regard du Père (from “Vingt Regards sur l’Enfant-Jésus”) (1944)


Sergei Rachmaninoff (1873 —1943): Variations on a Theme by Corelli, Op.42 (1931)


Vassilis Varvaresos, piano

During the 2020-2021 season, Vassilis Varvaresos collaborates with Christoph Eschenbach, performing Beethoven’s 5th Piano Concerto with the Athens State Symphony Orchestra and is invited by the Athens Festival to play Prokofiev’s 2nd Piano Concerto at the theater of Herod Atticus. He is equally invited to the Sommets Musicaux de Gstaad, the Festival des Arcs, the Piano Festival of Sainte-Ursanne, the Festival des Correspondences des Arts in Braine, France, the Thessaloniki Piano Festival and the Fukoshima Chamber Music Festival. This season he is also invited to appear at such prestigious halls as Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw and the Athens Megaron Hall, while he also records his fourth album devoted to Skalkottas’ music with BIS, as well a disc devoted to Beethoven’s cello and piano works with acclaimed cellist Ivan Karizna, for Mirare Records.

In previous seasons, Mr. Varvaresos has been invited to play at the Enescu Festival, the Festival des Arcs, the Festival des Musicales du Golfe, the SelLiszt Festival of the Gyorgy Cziffra Foundation, the Sommets Musicaux de Gstaad, the Bodrum Music Festival and the Istanbul Festival among others. Recent concerto appearances include Chopin’s 2nd Piano Concerto with the Orchestre de Normandie, Tchaikovsky’s 1st Piano Concerto with the Freiburg Symphony Orchestra, Beethoven’s 4th Piano Concerto with the Thessaloniki State Symphony, Prokofiev’s 2nd Piano Concerto with the Bilkent Symphony, and Prokofiev’s 4th Piano Concerto with the Saint Petersburg Chamber Orchestra. Previous seasons marked Mr. Varvaresos debut recitals at the Tonhalle of Zurich, the Musikverein of Vienna and Paris’ Salle Gaveau. He is equally invited to give recitals and masterclasses in California, Cincinatti, Charleston and New York City

Winner of the coveted First Prize in the 1998 YCA International Auditions at age 14, his recital debuts in New York and Washington were acclaimed. The Washington Post’s headline called Vassilis a “Young Master on the Rise”; Since his American debut, aged 15, Vassilis has performed in virtually all of the US. Major appearances include recitals at Carnegie’s Weill Hall, New York’s Morgan Library, Isabella Gardner Museum in Boston, Philadelphia’s Kimmel Center and the Kennedy Center in Washington. Following his debut recital at Carnegie’s Zankel Hall, Mr. Varvaresos was invited to perform at the White House for President Barrack Obama. Mr. Varvaresos represented Greece at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. He has been named “Most Promising Young Greek Artist” by the Critic’s Association of Greece and has been a regular soloist in all the major stages of his home country. Vassilis Varvaresos is the laureate of both the 2014 edition George Enescu International Piano Competition, held in Bucarest in September 2014, as well as the Piano Masters Competition held in Monte Carlo in September 2015. An avid chamber musician as well, he has been invited to perform at the Bozar Theater in Brussels, the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, the Diligentia Theater of the Hague, and the Gasteig in Munich. His regular chamber music partners include the leading French musicians as Michel Dalberto, Henri Demarquette and Nicolas Dautricourt, as well as Noé Inui, Ella van Poucke, and Anastasia Kobekina.

A versatile musician, Vassilis Varvaresos has written music for ten films and several television series and wrote the book “Departure from the Functionality of Syntax”, which was awarded the Scholastic Distinction Award at the Juilliard School. Mr. Varvaresos holds a bachelor, masters and Doctor or Musical Arts degree from the Juilliard School. He is a recent graduate of the prestigious Diplôme d’ Artiste-Interprète degree at the Conservatoire Nationale et Superieur de Musique et de Danse in Paris, France, under the tutelage of Michel Dalberto.

Vassilis Varvaresos’ new album “V for Valse”, a celebration of the famous dance with works by Liszt, Scriabin, Schumann and Ravel has recently appeared with APARTE Records in France, while he has recorded with NAVIS Classics with violinist Noé Inui and barytone Dimitris Tiliakos.

Monday, 01.08.2022

18:30 o’clock, Municipal Conservatory of Kalamata (Concert Hall) – FREE ENTRANCE
Final violin masterclass concert
The participants are presenting their work


The programme will be announced during the last days of the masterclasses.

Monday, 01.08.2022

21:00 o’clock, Kalamata Dance Megaron (Main Stage)
Enrico Pieranunzi meets Arionas Gyftakis
The renowned jazz pianist for the first time in Greece


The famous Italian Jazz pianist Enrico Pieranunzi will perform as a soloist, but also together with the astounding Kalamata-born double bassist Arionas Gyftakis.


Enrico Pieranunzi, piano
Arionas Gyftakis, double bass


Enrico Pieranunzi was born in Rome in 1949 and has for many years been among the most significant and well-known protagonists of the international jazz scene. A pianist, composer, and arranger, he has recorded more than 70 albums under his own name, ranging from piano solo to trio, from duo to quintet. He has collaborated, either live or in the studio, with Chet Baker, Lee Konitz, Paul Motian, Charlie Haden, Chris Potter, Marc Johnson, and Joey Baron. Pieranunzi has been named Artist of the Year three times by the Musica Jazz magazine critics’ poll (in 1989, 2003, 2008). He also won the French Django d’Or prize as “Best European Musician” in 1997 and the German Echo Jazz Award in 2014 as “Best International Keyboard Artist”. Pieranunzi has performed his music all over the world in the most prestigious international festivals, from Montréal to Copenhagen and Buenos Aires, from Berlin and Madrid to Tokyo, Rio de Janeiro and Beijing. For the past ten years, he has been playing more and more in the USA, and has taken part in the San Francisco and Spoleto (Charleston, South Carolina) festivals. He has also been regularly featured in the most important New York clubs, especially the Village Vanguard, where in July 2010 he recorded the album Live at the Village Vanguard with Marc Johnson and Paul Motian. This is the first album ever recorded by an Italian musician (and one of the very few by European musicians) in the legendary diamond shaped 7th Avenue venue.



Arionas Gyftakis was born in Kalamata, Greece, in 1995. He started playing the classical violin at the age of seven. At the age of 15 his interest in jazz led him to the upright bass. He studied several stylistic concepts of jazz and jazz harmony with Sylvios Syros and he also studied the classical bass with Takis Kapogiannis for two years. In 2012 at the age of seventeen he auditioned for the Berklee College of Music and was able to study with the Presidential Scholarship. At Berklee he had lessons with Hal Crook and Eddie Gomez. He has played with George Kontrafouris, Spyros Manesis, Davis Whitfield, Andreas Polyzogopoulos, Anastasis Gouliaris, Vasilis Podaras, Takis Paterelis, George Tsiropoulos, Daniel Rotem and many more.

Tuesday, 02.08.2022

21:00 o’clock, Kalamata Dance Megaron (Main Stage)
Chamber music concert with Alexia Mouza, Pablo Hernán Benedí, Ilias Sdoukos and Indira Rahmatulla

© Angel Sifontes, © Verena Chen


Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756 – 1791): Piano Quartet in G minor, K.478 (1785)

I. Allegro
II. Andante
III. Rondo


Robert Schumann (1810 – 1856): Piano Quartet in E-flat major, Op.47 (1842)

I. Sostenuto assai — Allegro ma non troppo
II. Scherzo. Molto vivace
III. Andante cantabile
IV. Finale. Vivace


The tutors of the masterclasses:

Alexia Mouza, piano
Pablo Hernán Benedí, violin
Ilias Sdoukos, viola
Indira Rahmatulla, violoncello