Growing steadily over the years, the
International Pharos Chamber Music Festival is considered
nowadays one of the most renowned festivals of its kind in the eastern-Mediterranean region. The Festival,which has established itself as the highlight of the Pharos Arts Foundation's Concert and Recital series, has achieved to make chamber music more accessible, with performances of the highest standard, stimulating programmes and affordable tickets. Guided by a visionary spirit and dedicated to artistic excellence and innovation, the Festival attracts over 2.000 visitors every year. The Festival maintains also a strong tradition of community service, with educational concerts organised for primary education students of the surrounding areas.
Now in its 11th year, the International Pharos Chamber Music Festival will open with a piano recital at The Shoe Factory in Nicosia with Paavali Jumppanen performing Beethoven Sonatas. It will continue with five exciting concerts inthe magnificent Royal Manor House in Kouklia/Palaipaphos, one the finest surviving monuments of Frankish architecture on the island, and will feature some of the most celebrated musicians in the world, including the concertmaster of the Berlin Philharmonic Daishin Kashimoto and the renowned flutist Emmanuel Pahud. There is some mouth-watering musicto look forward to, including Mozart's Flute Quartet in D major, Arensky's String Quartet No. 2, and the string trio arrangement of Bach's Goldberg Variations. The Festival will conclude with another piano recital at The Shoe Factory with Philippe Cassard performing works by Liszt, Schubert and Debussy.
WHEN & WHERE:
6 May The Shoe Factory / Nicosia: Piano Recital with Paavali Jumppanen
24 – 28 May The Royal Manor House / Kouklia: Five concerts with eleven renowned musicians
29 May The Shoe Factory / Nicosia: Piano Recital with Philippe Cassard
Concerts start at 8.30
THE VENUES :
The Royal Manor House / Kouklia is one of the finest surviving monuments of Frankish architecture on the island and an unparalleled venue for intimate chamber music performances. The building also houses an archaeological museum, which records the rich history of human activity in the region from about 2800 BC to the present day. The Royal Manor House, which is part of the Cyprus Tourism Organisation’s “Aphrodite’s Cultural Route”, is also a UNESCO World Heritage site. Palaipaphos, or Old Paphos, was a city-kingdom of Cyprus and one of the most celebrated pilgrimage centres of the ancient Greek world. It was the site of a famous sanctuary of Aphrodite, the oldest remains of which date back to the 12th century BC. Join us in a leisurely exploration of the history and cultural heritage of the western region of Cyprus.
The Shoe Factory is situated in the old part of Nicosia, near the buffer zone. Through it, the Pharos Arts Foundation is helping to revitalize this beautiful and historic section of the capital city by attracting a wide and diversified younger audience. All concerts are characterized by a unique feeling of intimacy and music is performed in an exceptionally inspiring setting: a modern venue decorated with contemporary art by mainly local artists; a venue situated in the “run down” part of Nicosia that offers the audience the unique opportunity to sit within an amazing proximity to world famous artists and experience performances in a venue, quite frankly, like no other.
THE ARTISTS :
Violin: Daishin Kashimoto, Maja Avramović, Tamaki Kawakubo
Viola: Diemut Poppen, Amihai Grosz
Cello: Alexander Chaushian, Timothy Park
Flute: Emmanuel Pahud
Soprano: Margarita Elia
Piano: Ashley Wass, Vahan Mardirossian, Paavali Jumppanen, Philippe Cassard
Click here to view the full programme in English and Greek