The 12th Pharos International Contemporary Music Festival returns to the Shoe Factory from October 8 with three separate concerts as well as a number of other corresponding activities, such as lectures, workshops and educational activities for young people.
As always, the festival aims to be a melting pot of musical traditions, from east to west, as well as musical eras, from the past to the present, to retrace the evolution of classical music, exhibit an exciting palette of mixed and contrasting compositions. . elements, trends and compositional techniques, and deliver an exceptional sound experience to audiences.
The festival will open on Friday 8 with a concert by the Diotima Quartet – one of the most acclaimed chamber music ensembles in the world today. The Quartet sheds new light on masterpieces of the 19th and 20th centuries, and has collaborated closely with several of the greatest composers of the late 20th century, notably Pierre Boulez and Helmut Lachenmann.
The Diotima Quartet regularly appears in the most beautiful halls and concert series in the world and has developed a rich and highly regarded discography. For their concert in Cyprus, the Diotimas will perform string quartets by BÃ©la BartÃ³k, Henri Dutilleux and Helmut Lachenmann in a concert supported by the French Institute of Cyprus.
The festival’s second concert, on October 12, will feature Piano For Two from Greece – a duo made up of pianists Beata PincetiÄ and Christos Sakellaridis, partners in life and in art. Internationally esteemed with a wide and exciting repertoire for piano four hands or two pianos, the Duo has been active since 2003.
The Four Hand Piano Duo’s rich repertoire ranges from Baroque to contemporary music, while the two pianists often collaborate with contemporary composers to create new works, many of which were written exclusively for them. In their recital for the upcoming festival in Nicosia, PincetiÄ and Sakellaridis will present a diverse and kaleidoscopic program featuring works by Edvard Grieg, Johannes Brahms, Philip Glass, John Adams, Takashi Yoshimatsu and Tomohiro Moriyama.
The 12th Pharos International Contemporary Music Festival will end on October 16 with bold tones and thrilling sounds from Cypriot percussionist Marios Nicolaou in a solo performance for multiple percussion. After a long and interesting career as a soloist, chamber musician and orchestral player, Marios is the principal timpanist of the Cyprus Symphony Orchestra, while he has performed with several renowned orchestras in Europe and collaborated with a number of composers, conductors and ensembles. He will perform works by Helmut Lachenmann, Steve Reich, Bertold Hummel, Casey Cangelosi, Keiko Abe.
12th Pharos International Contemporary Music Festival
Festival with three concerts and conferences, workshops and educational activities for young people. October 8-16. The shoe factory, Nicosia. 8:30 p.m. www.pharosartsfoundation.org. Phone. : 22-663871