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Monday, 25.07.2022

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

PROGRAMME

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, The Victoria Karelias Collection of Traditional Greek Costumes (Museum’s Garden) – FREE ENTRANCE
Final piano masterclass concert
The participants are presenting their work

PROGRAMME

Friedrich August Kummer (1797-1879): Duo for two violoncelli

Aktan Odabaşı & Alexandros Markopoulos  

 

Johann Baptist Cramer (1771-1858): Etude 23 (1804)

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791): Piano Sonata No.12 in F major, K.332 – I. Allegro (1783)

Alexandros Giannakeas

 

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791): Piano Sonata No. 12 in F major K. 332 – II. Adagio (1783)

Claude Debussy (1862-1918): 2 Arabesques – Andantino con moto (1890-91)

Dimitris Adamopoulos

 

Julius Klengel (1859-1933): Concertino No.2 in G Major, Op.41 – I. Allegro con moto (1904)

Alexandros Markopoulos, violoncello & Yiannis Shymko, piano

 

INTERMISSION

 

Frédéric Chopin (1810-1849): Ballade No.1, Op.23 (1834-35)

Olga Phialo

 

Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827): Piano Sonata No.27, Op.90 I. Mit Lebhaftigkeit und durchaus mit Empfindung und Ausdruck (1814)

Panagiota Pelekouda

 

Robert Schumann (1810-1856): Fantasiestücke, Op.12 – I. Des Abends & II. Aufschwung (1837)

Claude Debussy (1862-1918): L’ile joyeuse (1904)

Penelope Kouroupaki

 

Albéniz Isaac (1860-1909): El Albaicin (1907)

Kostas Markou

 

© Frank Jerke

PROGRAMME

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 

 

PAUSE

 

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

 

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

I.
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 woodwind quintet by Reicha, Hindemith and Nielsen

PROGRAMME

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

 

PAUSE

 

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).

© Sim Canetty-Clark

PROGRAMME

Claude Debussy (1862 – 1918): Prélude à l’après-midi d’un faune (1891-94)
Oscar Holch, conductor

 

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, Philharmonic Amphitheatre of Kalamata – FREE ENTRANCE
Final conducting masterclass concert
The participants are presenting their work

PROGRAMME

Ludwig van Beethoven (1770 – 1827): Symphony No. 1 in C major, Op. 21 (1799-1800)

I. Adagio molto – Allegro con brio

Conducted by: Anastasis Sidiropoulos

 

Samuel Barber (1910 – 1981), Adagio for Strings (1936)

Conducted by: Eleni Kotsmanidou

 

Ludwig van Beethoven (1770 – 1827): Symphony No.5, Op.67 (1807–1808)

I. Allegro con brio

Conducted by: Oscar Holch

 

Ensemble:

Verena Chen, Maria Rahmatulla, Antonis Maziotis, Violeta Kadesha, violins

Alkistis Misouli, viola

İdil Bursa, violoncello

Lidiia Nochovska, piano

© Manu Theobald

PROGRAMME

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)

 

Underground Youth Orchestra

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

PROGRAMME

Ludwig van Beethoven (1770 – 1827): Contredanse, WoO 14 (1791-1802 ca.)

 

Jean-Baptiste Bréval (1753-1823): Cello Sonata in C major, Op.40 No.1 (1799)

I. Allegro

Aktan Odabaşı, violoncello

Yannis Shymko, piano

 

Henri Vieuxtemps (1820-1881): Elegy, Op.30

Ariadne Prapa, viola

Popi Malapani, piano

 

Joseph Haydn (1732-1809): Cello Concerto No.1 in C major, Hob.VIIb:1 (1761-65 ca.)

I. Moderato

Melinda Konstantinidou, violoncello

Yannis Shymko, piano

 

Rebecca Clark (1886-1979): Sonata for viola and piano (1919)

I. Impetuoso – ma non troppo Allegro

Izampela Chatziioannou, viola

Popi Malapani, piano

 

Henri Casadesus (1879 1947): Viola Concerto in the Style of J.C. Bach (1947 or before)

I. Allegro molto ma maestoso

II. Adagio molto espressivo

Kaya Ercan, violoncello

Yannis Shymko, piano

 

Sergei Rachmaninoff (1873-1943): Vocalise, Op.34, No.14 (Edited by L. Davis) (1912)

Izampela Chatziioannou, viola

Popi Malapani, piano

 

Robert Schumann (1810-1856): Fantasiesctücke, Op. 73 (1849)

I. Zart und mit Ausdruck

Danae Panou, violoncello

Yannis Shymko, piano

 

Paul Hindemith (1895-1963): Cello Sonata, Op.25 No.3 (1922)

I. Lebhaft, sehr markiert

Melinda Konstantinidou, violoncello

 

Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750): Violin Partita No.2 in D minor, BWV 1004 (1720)

I. Allemande

Konstantina Kouveli, viola

 

Cecil Forsyth (1870-1941): Viola Concerto in G minor (1903)

I. Appassionato (Cadenza) – Moderato – Con moto, agitato

Georgiana Spilioti, viola

Popi Malapani, piano

 

Georg Goltermann (1824-1898): 4 Morceaux caractéristiques, Op.54 (1869 or earlier)

IV. Etude-Caprice

Kaya Ercan, violoncello

Yannis Shymko, piano

 

Pietro Mascagni (1863-1945): Intermezzo from “Cavalleria Rusticana” (arranged for four violas by L. Gustard) (1890, original composition)

Izampela Chatziioannou, viola

Konstantina Kouveli, viola

Ariadne Prapa, viola

Georgiana Spilioti, viola

PROGRAMME

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

Vassilis Varvaresos was born in Thessaloniki in 1983. He started his piano studies at the age of 5. At the age of 13, he appeared in Monte Carlo as one of the 11 best ‘’young virtuosos’’ of the world (“Piccoli Mozart”), while at the age of 14 he won First Prize at the YCA International Auditions (New York), among 407 candidates from 41 countries. He has also won the 1st Prize and the “Award of Outstanding Performance” at the “Petar Konjovic” International Competition for Young Musicians (Belgrade), as well as the “Award for the best debuting Greek artist” from the Greek Critics Union. Some more of his accomplishments include winning the 1st Prize at the International Competition “Maria Hairiorgou – Cigara” and 3rd Prize at the “George Enescu” International Competition (Bucharest).

Varvaresos completed his advanced studies in piano at the Juilliard School of Music in New York with Herbert Stessin, Jerome Lowenthal, Yoheved Kaplinsky and Robert McConald with a full scholarship. He holds a Bachelor, Master and Doctor of Musical Arts with Carl Schachter as his thesis supervisor. During his years at Juilliard, he was an Assistant Professor of Piano in Julian Martin’s class. In 2011 he completed his studies as the only selected pianist from the Conservatoire National de Paris for the Diplôme d’Artiste Interprète program with professor Michel Dalberto.

His numerous recital and concert appearances started from a very young age. He has appeared in Austria, Germany, Bulgaria, Spain, Romania, Czech Republic, Italy, France, Japan, Egypt, Netherlands, Greece, China, USA (Carnegie Hall – New York, The Kennedy Center – Washington and in many more states). He also represented Greece as a soloist with the Athens State Orchestra in 2008, as part of the Olympic Games events in China. He has been invited to the festivals Chopin de Nohant, Orangerie Chopin, as well as to the White House for the President of the USA Barack Obama, while he also appeared at the Salle Gaveau, the Salle Pleyel and the Cité de la Musique in Paris, but also with the Athens State Orchestra at the Herodion Atticus Theatre in Athens.

During his career some further appearances include the festivals Lisztomanias de Châteauroux and “György Cziffra” in Senlis, the Villa Medici in Rome, the collaboration with the baritone Dimitris Tiliakos for a performance of the “Winterreise” song cycle by F. Schubert at the Megaron of Athens and Thessaloniki, The Chopin Project Op. 10 at the Megaron Athens in 2015 and many more.

He recorded the 1st Concerto for piano and orchestra by J. Brahms with the Orchestra of the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse de Paris and also made a personal CD, which Kyprianos Katsaris characterized in an article at ‘BBC Magazine’ as an “important new record” and as “un pianiste formidable”

Vassilis Varvaresos has also composed the music for two documentaries and for the short film “Hardwood”.

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

PROGRAMME

Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750): Violin Partita No. 2 in D minor (1720)

I. Allemande

Emmanouil Mantzios, violin

 

Antonín Dvořák (1841-1904): Sonatina, Op. 100 in G Major (1893)

I. Allegro risoluto

II. Larghetto

Violeta Kadesha, violin

Lucas Georgas, piano

 

Erich Wolfgang Korngold (1897-1957): Violin Concerto, Op. 35 (1945)

Moderato nobile

Paris Rizas Pintzopoulos, violin

Lucas Georgas, piano

 

Joaquín Turina (1882-1949): Violin Sonata No. 2, Op. 82 (1934)

I. Lento – Tema y variaciones

II. Vivo – Andante – Vivo

Antonis Maziotis, violin

Lucas Georgas, piano

 

Henri Wieniawski (1835-1880): Violin Concerto No. 2, Op. 22 in D minor (1856-62)

I. Allegro moderato

Athéna Kouroupakis, violin

Penelope Kouroupakis, piano

 

Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827): Violin Sonata No. 5 in F major, Op. 24 (1801)

I. Allegro

Emmanouil Mantzios, violin

Dora Manitaki, piano

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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.

© Angel Sifontes, © Verena Chen

PROGRAMME

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